Eased restrictions to take effect from Friday

Deputy Mayor Trent Sullivan has welcomed the eased COVID-19 restrictions that come into effect for regional Victoria from Friday 11 June.

“The easing of restrictions in regional Victoria is welcome and appropriate, given there are no confirmed cases here,” Deputy Mayor Sullivan said.

“This will give our community a boost, from both an economic and social standpoint, and allow for a host of activity to resume.”

Under the changes, the City is preparing to reopen venues, subject to density requirements and visitor caps, including:

• Indoor Swim, Sport and Leisure centres;

• Recreation facilities;

• Community hubs;

• National Wool Museum gallery; and

• The Carousel

Announcements about when individual facilities will reopen, and the conditions of their operation, will be made in the coming days.

While a range of competitive sport, recreation and community activity can return, authorities will have to manage strict participant and visitor limits.

“Community sport plays an important role in the physical and mental health of our community so we’re glad senior competitions can resume from this weekend,” Deputy Sullivan said.

With Melbourne residents still not allowed to travel into regional Victoria except for essential reasons, Deputy Mayor Sullivan encouraged locals to back Geelong region businesses.

“We continue to urge the Greater Geelong community to support each other by buying locally and enjoying experiences within our own region,” he said.

“The absence of Melbourne visitors will hurt our tourism industry, so we’d love other regional Victorians to consider enjoying our attractions over the long weekend.”

Visitors are reminded that it is a Government requirement for regional Victoria businesses to check their customers’ IDs, to verify they are not from the Metropolitan Melbourne area.

We encourage people to be understanding of the need for this process and also to check in to facilities via the QR code.

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