Frequently asked questions

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How many people on the Mornington Peninsula are infected?
You can 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 of the report.

Can I take my children to the playground/skatepark?
No, playgrounds and skateparks are closed for the duration of the lockdown period. 

Can I go to the beach?
Yes, beaches are open for exercise  but you must stay within 5km of your home.Remember two people maximum in a group and keep your distance to people you do not live with.

Are boatramps open?
No, boat ramps are closed to the public.

Can I play golf?
No, all golf courses, including the Mount Martha Public Golf Course, are closed.

Can I visit The Briars?
The Briars is open for walk-ins only but it must be within 5km of your home.

Is the Night Bus still running?
No. The Night Network (route 970 to Rosebud) is suspended during stage 4.

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. 

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.    

Are the tips open? 
No, Resource Recovery Centres and Hoppers are currently closed to the public. Find out more information visit Waste Operations During Coronavirus.

What will happen to Kindergartens?
Under stage 4 restrictions from Thursday 6 August 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.

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 Coronavirus 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.