Peninsula winning the battle against COVID-19
Published on 31 July 2020
Mornington Peninsula Mayor Sam Hearn has praised the local community’s efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.
Cr Hearn said the Mornington Peninsula had one of the lowest infection rates of any municipality in Victoria, with just 14 active cases of the virus as of this morning.
“Now that we’re at the half-way point of the current six-week lockdown, we can see how the responsible actions of local residents are paying off,” he said.
“The Peninsula has a lower number of cases than several other non-metropolitan municipalities and has not seen the spike in cases we’re seeing in the metropolitan region and Geelong.”
“These are tough times and it’s only natural to feel a sense of despondency, but the reality is we are doing really well and I hope the community can take heart from that.”
Cr Hearn urged residents to continue to look after each other, check on the wellbeing of friends and neighbours and practice good hygiene and physical distancing.
“I would also urge everyone to do what they can to support our local businesses, who are having an incredibly tough time under the current restrictions,” he said.
“And I would like to get a message out to all local business landlords urging them to keep working with their tenants to do what they can to support the ongoing viability of our businesses.”
“The Shire has led the way by providing rent relief to all of our commercial tenants for at least six months. I would really encourage other local landlords to look at what they can do to support our local business community. Having businesses fail due to a temporary inability to pay rent benefits no-one.”