Coronavirus updates, latest news and information

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The Shire will follow guidance from the State Government to ensure community safety and keep the pandemic curve flat. This means many of our services will continue to operate differently throughout June.

From midnight Sunday June 21, current restrictions have been adjusted for social events, ceremonies, community services, sport and exercise, cafes and restaurants, travel, and entertainment.

View the latest information about active cases, including by Local Government Area on the State Government website.

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services keeps an interactive infectious disease report page. Confirmed cases of all infectious diseases are listed by Council area on page 4 (hover over Mornington Peninsula on the map, and it will provide you with the current numbers of registered confirmed cases). 

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.  

Download, print and share our COVID Roadmap.(PDF, 108KB)

Procedures around cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces inside Shire buildings will be maintained to a high standard.   

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, Resource Recovery Centres, Animals Shelter and Meals on Wheels. Further details are below and on relevant web pages.

*Please contact your Kindergarten directly for operational queries.

Our Libraries - From Monday 22 June, following further changes to restrictions, our Libraries will be open with up to 20 people will be allowed in the Library at any one time. We will need to ask you to please restrict your time inside the library. A concierge will greet you at the door to record your contact details (a requirement for contact tracing). You are welcome to visit the Library at anytime on Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. You can learn more on the Libraries website.

Customer Service Centres in Rosebud, Mornington, Hastings and Somerville remain temporarily closed. Our Customer Service team can still assist you in the following ways:  

Re-opening of services, facilities and public areas as restrictions ease:

You can read our full media release on the gradual re-opening of Shire services here. 

The Briars - The Briars grounds (lawns and gardens), community forest, Angus and Rose (take away only), Wildlife Sanctuary and public toilets are open.The Shire Nursery, Eco Living Display Centre, Briars Outdoor Education Camp, Visitor Centre, Astronomical Society and Josephine's Restaurant are closed.

The Shire Nursery team are still offering their ‘order and pick up’ service. The Shire Nursery is open from Wednesday - Friday 9am - 3.30pm from 3 June 2020.

Recreation Centres - the Shire’s recreational centres in Mornington, Somerville and Hastings are reopening to members and the public from Monday 22 June  

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery - MPRG will reopen to the public from Wednesday 1 July, with a new exhibition MPRG: FIFTY celebrating 50 years of the MPRG collection. Learn more on the MPRG website.

Youth Services - Youth Services programs where numbers can be limited, and physical distancing can be managed and controlled will aim to resume from Tuesday 9 June. This may include the Youth Advisory Committee, Mornington Youth Action Group, Freeza Youth Committee and Social Space.   

Parks and outdoor spaces -  Public playgrounds, skateparks and outdoor communal gym equipment are open for use with a maximum of 20 people allowed to use equipment at any one time. Physical distancing and gathering rules apply at all times.  Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before and after using equipment. 

Sports fields - Football and cricket ovals are open, but contact sports such as Aussie rules, other codes of football and soccer, netball and basketball are still not able to occur unless modifications are made to ensure physical distancing.  Groups of up to 20 people will be able to participate in training at any one time, in addition to the people running the training session (e.g. coach, manager). Sporting clubs should adhere to directions from their relevant governing body. Martial arts including judo, karate and taekwondo must be modified so participants maintain physical distancing. 

Mount Martha Community House & Mornington Community House - Community Houses will continue online programs for now and reopen 13 July. 

The following services and facilities will be closed until further notice

  • Tourist Information Centre in Dromana - Visitor services being provided by phone and email daily between 10am and 4pm.
  • Community Halls will remain closed with the view to gradually open from 13 July.  
  • Events on Shire-owned land - events, such as markets, on Shire land will not run until restrictions have eased on the number of people allowed to gather in public.  
  • Indoor sports - Indoor sporting activities remain prohibited until 11:59pm on 21 June.

Victorian Government Easing of Restrictions

The Victorian Government has announced further changes to restrictions from 21 June. This includes increasing gathering limits to 20 people and allowing overnight stays. Learn more about what you can do from 1 June

There is specific information about what the latest easing of restrictions means on the following State Government pages:

Even as restrictions are gradually eased, it’s critical you continue to protect yourselves and others.

  • Stay home when unwell – if you have symptoms, get tested
  • Wash your hands – and cough and sneeze into your elbow
  • Keep your distance – 1.5 metres away from anyone you don’t live with
  • If you can work from home, you should work from home.

 

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