Frequently asked questions

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How many people on the Mornington Peninsula are infected?
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 3 (hover over Mornington Peninsula on the map, and it will provide you with the current numbers of registered confirmed cases). 

At the national level, the Department of Health is now publishing an infographic which provides an overview of the current COVID-19 situation in Australia. The infographic will be updated daily.

Can people who don’t reside on the Mornington Peninsula visit?
Yes. Overnight stays are allowed in both homes and tourist accommodation, subject to private gathering limits.

Can I go to the beach?
Yes. Gathering limits of up to 20 people and physical distancing guidelines apply.

Can I take my kids to the playground and skatepark?
Yes. Gathering limits of up to 20 people and physical distancing guidelines apply.

Can I please volunteer in some capacity?  
Due to the many temporary closures of non-essential Shire services, we are currently redeploying staff to assist in the delivery of our essential services areas. 

You can learn more and register your interest in volunteering here. Please note, to volunteer for the Mornington Peninsula Shire you must hold a Working With Children check.

What will happen to essential Shire services such as bin collection, Kindergarten Central Registration, disability and aged care services and Meals on Wheels? 
Some of our services are modified, go to Changes to Shire Services to stay up to date. 

How are you maintaining community assets?
Many of our services can continue to operate safely with minor adjustments to ways of working, including  maintaining our ovals, managing trees, cleaning public toilets, continued fuel reduction for fire management and roads maintenance. You may see our teams out and about and 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.

How often are public toilets cleaned?
The Mornington Peninsula Shire is continuing to maintain public toilets subject to further advice from the Department of Health and Human Services.  The Shire maintains over 103 public toilets across the Peninsula.

These toilets are currently being cleaned daily with additional cleans in high use facilities.  Many facilities do not have hot water or soap provided and users are encouraged to carry their own soap and/or sanitiser for hand washing in all public places. With social isolation requirements, the Shire is also encouraging everyone to consider their own wellbeing and not use public facilities unless it is critical. 

Can the Shire provide more regular waste services now that people are at home more?  
Currently our kerbside bin collections continue to operate as normal with some minor adjustments to further protect staff undertaking these functions: 

  • Your bins may be collected a little earlier to allow our contractor to stagger employee start times.
  • Keep your bins free of obstructions, including parked cars – drivers won’t be moving bins.
  • Don’t leave bins in front of each other (multi-unit developments).
  • Bins still need to be placed out the night before the scheduled collection.

Our priority is to maintain the current level of waste services, however given the ever-changing nature of the pandemic, there may be an impact on these services in the future.    

Can we still access and care for our community garden, given that what we grow is considered essential?  
Yes, physical distancing guidelines apply and up to 20 people. 

Are the tips open? 
Currently all our Resource Recovery Centres are operating, however they are closed from 12 noon - 12.30pm for staff gatehouse handovers. Only payment by card will be accepted (tap and go preferred). Please be mindful to keep a physical distance of 1.5 meter between you and other people while you are at the tip.

What will happen to Kindergartens?
Kindergartens are open. Our Kindergarten Central Registration for enrolment in 2021 is open until 2 August.

What happens to my gym membership?
All direct debit memberships and swim school memberships have been suspended. All term memberships will receive time extensions. We will continue to provide further updates as they become available. 

Changes to Planning Pre-Application Advice
Our Pre-Application Advice service will be carried out by telephone or Skype until further notice. 

Where on the Mornington Peninsula can I get tested? 
There are a number of testing clinics on the Mornington Peninsula, call the Coronavirus Health Information Line for information on 1800 020 080 or visit our Coranvirus and your health and wellbeing page for locations.

How do I talk about Coronavirus (COVID-19) with my child?
Children might find it difficult to understand what is going on and why we need to take extra precautions, such as staying at home. Having an open, supportive discussion with your children can help them understand, cope and even make a positive contribution for others.