VICTORIANS will welcome the easing of some COVID-19 restrictions but the government needs to move as quickly as it can to provide clarity to parents about the staggered return to classroom learning.
Member for Mildura Ali Cupper said people in the Mildura electorate would be particularly happy to hear recreational activities like fishing, hiking, boating and golf could return with proper social distancing measures in place.
“Being able to have more people at weddings and funerals will also be very welcomed,” she said.
The government’s announcement today includes:
• Allowing outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people and indoor gatherings of five friends or family;
• Ten guests at weddings and 20 mourners (indoor) and 30 (outdoor) at funerals;
• Ten people (plus those conducting) religious gatherings;
• Fishing, hiking, golf, boating and some state parks to reopen (with the 10-person rule in place);
• Outdoor sport and recreation, including boot camps and personal training, restricted to 10 people with social distancing;
• Restaurants and cafes to remain takeaway only;
• Ten people, plus house occupants and minimum number of people to conduct auctions or house inspections;
• Anyone who can work at home should continue working from home.
Ms Cupper said she understood parents would be frustrated no announcement was made today about any gradual return to face-to-face learning in schools.
“Hopefully the government will be making those announcements soon,” she said.
“Most other states have started some return to classroom learning and it was encouraging to hear Mr Andrews say the expectation was for face-to-face learning in some capacity returning in Victoria this term.
“Parents are getting increasingly agitated and frustrated, so I would hope the government would be able to provide more clarity in the coming days.”
Ms Cupper said it was important people continued to practice good hygiene, social distancing and common sense with regards to the easing of restrictions.
“While it is great we are able to have up to five friends and family around for dinner, or go fishing or play golf, we have to remain vigilant to ensure there is no second wave, or major outbreak, of COVID-19 because we’ve seen how quickly and easily it can spread,” she said.