Victorians have been warned to avoid a repeat of what happened on Sydney’s Bondi Beach last weekend, while coastal towns have warned any potential visitors to stay away as they “simply cannot afford” to put their elderly communities at risk.
Victorians have been warned not to visit coastal towns including along the Great Ocean Road in the Easter school holidays due to coronavirus.
Victorian Liberal Senator Sarah Henderson said failing to do so could lead to the closure of the famous tourist road and beaches.
“ I have raised my concerns with the Federal Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham,” she said.
“We cannot risk a repeat of what happened on Bondi Beach in our own backyard.”
“After being such a champion of the Great Ocean Road visitor economy over so many years, it is so difficult to tell people to stay at home. But we have to take these very tough decisions to save lives.”
The school holidays officially start tomorrow.
Victorians have been warned to stay away from coastal towns and Melbourne beaches. Credit: News Corp Australia, Sarah Matray
With the City of Greater Geelong and Surf Coast Shire announcing the closure of all of their parks, reserves, skate parks, golf courses, tennis courts and caravan parks (subject to exceptions). Senator Henderson said much of the Surf Coast and Bellarine was already closed for business.
Many surf life-saving clubs have also stopped or limited beach patrols.
Senator Henderson said the last thing that Victorian coastal communities needed was an outbreak of COVID-19.
“Towns such as Lorne and Anglesea have a high proportion of older residents; we simply cannot afford to put anyone at risk,” she said.
“This holidays, whether it’s playing monopoly with the kids, painting the house or cleaning up the garden, we