Coronavirus updates, latest news and information


From 6pm on Sunday 2 August metropolitan Melbourne, including the Mornington Peninsula, will move to Stage 4 restrictions. These restrictions include a curfew from 8pm to 5am. Face coverings will continue to be compulsory.

For six weeks metropolitan Melbourne residents will only be allowed to shop and exercise within five kilometres of their homes.  Exercise will be limited to a maximum of one hour per day and no more than five kilometres from your home. Group size will be limited to a maximum of two – you and one other person – whether you live with them or not. Shopping will be limited to one person per household per day, again within five kilometres of their homes.

There are still only four reasons to leave your home: Shopping for food and essential items. Care and caregiving. Daily exercise. Permitted work and study — if you can't do it from home. Otherwise you must stay home. Further information on restrictions. 

People living in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, including Mornington Peninsula, must continue to wear a face covering when leaving home for one of the four reasons.. Read more on the DHHS website or learn more about face masks.

View the latest information about active cases, including by Local Government Area on the State Government website. The Victorian Government keeps an interactive report with active COVID-19 cases listed by Council area on page 4.

The Shire’s main priority is to keep our community safe, and only services that can adhere to the physical distancing guidelines and number limits will open at this stage.  Learn more about how to stay safe.

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Stage 4 Restrictions: Changes to Shire services, opening hours and programs

Shire essential services continue with some changes to operations: bin collections,  Kindergarten Central Registration* Service,  Aged and disability services, Maternal Child Health Services,  Animals Shelter and Meals on Wheels. Further details can be found on relevant web pages. Please contact your Kindergarten directly for changes to operations.   Resource Recovery Centres and Hoppers are closed to residential users.

Customer Service Centres remain closed. Our customer service centres in Rosebud, Mornington, Hastings and Somerville are closed until further notice. Our Customer Service team can still assist you in the following ways:  

Please note: The Shire will continue essential maintenance work for safety and upkeep of public assets and recreational spaces continues throughout Stage 4 Restrictions. You may see our teams out and about. Please be ensured all of our contractors have a very thorough plan in place to protect the safety of our staff and the community.  We will continue to operate based on the advice received by Department of Health and Human Services.

The following services and facilities will be closed or partially closed until further notice under Stage 4 Restrictions.

  • Kindergartens: kindergartens, family day care and early childhood education services are only open to vulnerable children and children whose parents are permitted workers and cannot work from home 
  • Sports and recreation facilities: Mt Martha Public Golf course is closed. Tennis facilities, sports club rooms and equestrian centres are closed. Boat ramps are closed to the public. 
  • Libraries in Mornington, Rosebud, Somerville and Hastings, and the Mobile Library, this includes library return chutes.  If you have library items please hold onto them. The Library will extend the borrowing time for all items on loan until further notice.  
  • Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery  
  • Community Halls (except for bookings / programs listed as an essential service) 
  • Events all events and activities planned to be held within Shire halls and on Shire land have been cancelled and the Shire is not issuing any wedding, event, street stall or event signage permits until further notice 
  • Leisure Centres: Pelican Park Recreation Centre, Civic Reserve Recreation Centre and Somerville Recreation and Community Centre  
  • Tourist Information Centre in Dromana - Visitor services being provided by phone and email daily between 10am and 4pm. 
  • The Briars is closed, except for the Briars Wildlife Sanctuary and Angus & Rose (take away) residents within 5km of the Briars who can walk in via the Balcombe and Harrap Creek walks for their 1 hour exercise per day. See the Briars website pages for further information. 
  • Shire Nursery is closed. 
  • Mount Martha Community House 
  • Mornington Community House  
  • Youth Centres 
  • Foreshore Camping 
  • Police Point Respite cottages are currently closed. 
  • Cemeteries are currently open. Two people at a time can visit – if the cemetery is within 5kms of their residence.

Face masks: Your questions answered

From 11:59pm Wednesday 22 July, people on the Mornington Peninsula over the age of 12 are required to wear a face mask or face covering when out in public.
Wearing a mask may feel uncomfortable until you get used to it. But we all have a responsibility to do something small to keep everyone around us safe, so please wear a mask and help slow the spread.
Whenever you leave your home you must wear a mask, including in the car if you are driving with someone you do not live with. Wearing a mask doesn’t make it okay to leave your house if you are feeling unwell. If you have symptoms you must get tested and stay at home and isolate until you have the test result.
You don’t have to wear a mask when you do strenuous exercise (such as running or jogging), but you need to keep one with you. If you are out for a walk, you must wear a mask.
Healthy face mask habits

  • Wash your hands before and after you touch your mask
  • Never use a dirty or damaged mask
  • Make sure your mask does not have holes or a valve*
  • Make sure your mask covers your mouth, nose and chin – and that there are no gaps on the sides
  • Avoid touching your mask while you are wearing it
  • Take care when you take your mask off – unhook it from your ears and pull it away from your face
  • Wash reusable fabric masks in hot, soapy water after each use
  • Put your disposable mask straight in the bin after you take it off.

* Masks with valves only filter air going in, so they only protect you and not others.
The regulation to wear a face mask does not apply to children aged under 12 years, people with breathing difficulties and those who have physical conditions that make it difficult to wear a face mask.

Make your own cloth mask

There are two types of face masks suitable for community use: cloth masks and surgical masks. The Department of Health and Human Services have easy-to-follow instructions on how you can make your own mask at home using fabric you already have in your wardrobe and minimal equipment.

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