With case numbers remaining low, the Premier yesterday announced the easing of some COVID-19 restrictions. As we take positive steps towards re-opening, the below restrictions applied from 11:59pm 18 October 2020:
- There is no time limit to leave your home for exercising or socialising
- The radius you can leave your home has been extended from 5km to 25km
- Up to 10 people from two households can gather outside
- Tennis, skate parks, golf and hairdressers are open
- Outdoor swimming pools can host up to 30 swimmers
- Outdoor real estate auctions can go ahead with up to 10 people, plus staff
- Non-essential outdoor home maintenance is permitted with up to five workers
- Face-to-face consultations at many allied health services resume
We continue to support our community through the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are in need of assistance, including if you are feeling lonely or isolated, please contact us on 9599 4444 to speak with our community connector or one of our friendly COVID Support Team.
The skate parks including: Donald MacDonald Reserve in Beaumaris, Peterson Reserve in Highett Road, Elsternwick Park and Royal Avenue Reserve in Sandringham are open.
Social distancing circles
Our social distancing circles installed around the municipality remain un-changed. They are designed as a guide to keep 1.5 metres distance from other groups and come in a variety of sizes- with many that can fit up to 10 people.
The next steps
Council is planning for the next steps towards COVID-normal including supporting, where possible, outdoor dining and shopping opportunities in Bayside once COVID-19 restrictions ease.
So far, over 45 businesses have jumped on board to expand into an al fresco space to serve customers in a new COVID-safe setting whilst taking advantage of the spring and summer weather. We are preparing for the community to Rediscover Bayside.
Plans are in place to manage any increase in visitation to Bayside. We have already moved to additional waste collection in our foreshore areas and open spaces in fine weather and will be enforcing parking restrictions including at beach car parks.
Throughout the easing of restrictions, the following COVID-safe principle always apply – wear a face mask, remain 1.5m apart, practice good hand and cough/sneeze hygiene, don’t go out if unwell and get tested if you have symptoms.