Three Victorian van parks ban visitors from hotspots

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As concerns grow over the ongoing spike in Covid-19 cases in Victoria, a caravan park group has cancelled the bookings of travellers from the six council areas in Melbourne identified as coronavirus hotspots.

The Lorne Foreshore, Torquay Foreshore and Anglesea Family caravan parks have decided not to take bookings and cancel all current bookings from guests that live in Hume, Casey, Brimbank, Moreland, Cardinia and Darebin.

The six local government areas have a combined population of more than 1.1 million.

The parks are all managed by the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee and only reopened on June 1 after Victorian restrictions were eased.

A statement posted to the caravan park’s websites said the measures would apply to bookings up to July 13 – including those made by 12-month permit holders – and would include adding and removing identified hot spot areas as per government advice.

“We will not be lifting these restrictions until the Victorian Government advises that community transmission in these areas is under control,” it said. “We regret that we have had to make this decision but we must do everything we can to protect our staff, visitors and small coastal communities at this time.”

The parks said they made the call to protect the health and safety of staff and visitors and will be contacting guests with cancelled bookings in the coming days.

The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee on Sunday urged residents in these hotspots not to leave their suburbs until community transmission is curbed.

The Herald-Sun newspaper reports that locals appear to have welcomed the decision to stop tourists from the coronavirus hot spots coming to their community.

One posted on Facebook that it was a ‘very wise’ decision while another said it should have been made earlier.

“Very impressed with your response, keeping people safe and the precious community,” Jan Okill White said.

The paper reports that it comes amid concerns panic-buying is re-emerging as the state moves back to tightened restrictions. Apparently, 30 Victorian Coles and Woolworths stores sold out of toilet paper yesterday.

When the health crisis first developed back in March leading to travel restrictions being imposed, many grey nomads reported being made to feel unwelcome in smaller communities amid concerns they would bring the virus with them.

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8 Responses to Three Victorian van parks ban visitors from hotspots

  1. If people in Melbourne are not self isolating when they are positive, why should everyone else suffer from their stupidity by allowing them to travel. Police have checked on people who were positive for COVID and they were not there. We need to protect everyone from this pandemic as it is serious and being a frontline worker I agree with the restrictions and travel border restrictions. Retirees and aged workers are the most affected and ultimately death as a result if they get COVID. The caravan parks have a duty of care for themselves and their staff, so I agree with their decision. People need to take responsibility for actions. This pandemic is real and can be passed easily if it is not curbed. Yes I would like to keep travelling but I’m adhering to the restrictions to protect myself as well as the communities I intend on visiting.

    • I’m a frontline worker as well
      And whilst I respect your right to have an opinion
      It’s a bollocks opinion in my opinion

    • I totally agree Helen, they should be held accountable.

  2. Good to see that van parks are supporting their guests and local community in this way. We need to see more businesses putting community safety before profit to support the huge effort that public health services are maintaining to limit the impact of this epidemic.

  3. Very well said Helen. The selfish few jeopardise the many.

  4. I’ve just come back from getting some essentials from the supermarket, there are school kids tgat are all clumped together and not distancing, security guards are saying nothing, and to top it off the local small coffee shop the other day had their little outside table seating for 2, pushed together and local elderly from the retirement village were all huddled together having a chat and coffee … some self distancing they were doing and they are at high risk like myself and hubby are, we have been very careful since M arch only getting what we need or medical appointments, but seeing restrictiobs have been eased no one gives a rats now, and I’m in one of the hot spots of Casey.
    People are being selfish and are not considering others

  5. Totally understandable they should refuse taking people from those at risk regions. Who needs to have the viruse spread further to even more people. People in virus areas should be locked down anyway and not thinking of travelling. Sad but a fact

  6. Maybe they should be looking at stores holding sales,,,i.e. Big W holding a toy sale. I went in there the other day and there were people in the lay-by section by the truck load, they all had either their mothers with them or their kids. I estimate around 40+ in the queue at Karingal Big W. I walked in to buy my granddaughter a present and quickly exited stage left. Maybe local governments should keep on eye on this sort of behavior.

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