The mayor of a regional Victorian city has slammed new restrictions put in place by the State Government, claiming they’ve solely been carried out so bureaucrats can appear like they’ve carried out one thing.
Colac Otway Shire mayor Jason Schram instructed 3AW there was “no rhyme or reason” to the brand new guidelines, which exclude anybody from having guests to their dwelling – however permit teams of buddies to satisfy at eating places.
The new restrictions come into pressure at 11.59pm on Thursday for the native authorities areas of Colac-Otway, Greater Geelong, Surf Coast, Moorabool, Golden Plains, and the Borough of Queenscliffe.
Face masks can even change into obligatory throughout the complete state.
Mr Schram mentioned he was completely satisfied to listen to concerning the face masks rule, however mentioned it was the one considered one of a collection of requests he had made to the State Government to assist include the outbreaks that had been carried out.
There are at the moment 54 instances of coronavirus within the Colac Otway Shire, with most of these coming from the native abattoir.
Mr Schram mentioned the brand new restrictions wouldn’t have prevented this because of the means the virus unfold by way of the city.
“We aren’t seeing a great deal of community transmission here – it was people in the homes of the abattoir workers, but not spreading it household to household,” he mentioned.
The Mayor argued as a substitute of banning guests to houses, Premier Daniel Andrews ought to as a substitute convey again stage three restrictions for aged care and incapacity houses, in addition to faculties.
“We’re doing the right thing in Colac,” he mentioned.
“I think the way Colac has handled it, if the government had handled it half as well we’d be in a better position.”
Mr Andrews introduced 723 new coronavirus instances on Thursday, in addition to 13 deaths, making it the nation’s deadliest day within the pandemic.
He mentioned the brand new restriction on houseguests was designed in hopes of stemming widespread group transmission, after knowledge confirmed the virus was spreading wildly in residents’ houses.
Meanwhile, powerful policing of hospitality venues have made them safer areas to congregate in, so cafes, eating places and bars may stay open.
“People are visiting friends and family – and taking the virus home with them,” he mentioned.
“You cannot visit friends. They cannot visit you.
“(Homes) are the kind of places we let our guard down. We relax, we get comfortable and we forget all the rules about keeping safe.”