'Timely and measured response'
bans summer camping on Mornington Peninsula amid COVID fears
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CAMPING on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula
has been banned until February next year.
The local shire council announced its decision after careful consideration
of the State Government’s Coronavirus roadmap and "to
ensure the health and safety of all Victorians".
Thousands of people normally pour into the coastal area's campgrounds
during summer, and the decision has dealt a big blow to revellers hoping
to spend Christmas there.
Chief executive John Baker said that with restrictions still in place for
the foreseeable future, the council had decided the ban
was the most prudent approach.
"Even as we hopefully move from Step 3 into the last step of the Roadmap
and then COVID normal, social distancing, density quotients, group sizes
and a range of other measures will still be required," he said.
"It's not feasible to have foreshore camping under many of these
"One of our major concerns is the transmission risk from people having to
use the shared toilet and shower amenity blocks.
"This approach is consistent with the Chief Health Officer's advice which
has underpinned our decision."
With high visitation numbers expected on the peninsula over summer, areas
usually occupied by campers could be used by the
public for picnics and other outdoor activities, he
These spaces could also be used by beachgoers as
overflow spaces to maintain social distancing requirements when beaches
were particularly busy.
Mr Baker said while the council was disappointed the camping season has to
be postponed, it was a necessary step to keep visitors and
the local community safe.
The shire manages foreshore camping along the natural foreshore reserves
in Rosebud, Rye and Sorrento.
It will provide an update on the reopening of foreshore camping in
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