FRANKSTON residents will be subject to stage three lockdown restrictions for the next five weeks.
Premier Daniel Andrews last week announced that all metropolitan council areas would move back to harsher restrictions following a spike in COVID-19 cases. Neighbouring council areas Kingston and Mornington Peninsula are also bound by the newly imposed rules.
The four reasons for leaving home under a stage three lockdown are to shop for food and essential items, caregiving, exercise, and to work or study.
Some local businesses and services that had begun to reopen after the first lockdown will once again be forced to shut their doors. Cafes and restaurants will revert back to takeaway.
The Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre had finally reopened after a three-month closure period, but shut their doors once again on 8 July. Library branches in Frankston and Carrum Downs had also reopened, but have now closed. Click and collect is not running at the library, and current loans have been extended until 1 September.
Other businesses including cinemas and gyms that had reopened will again be forced to close.
Frankston mayor Sandra Mayer said “we understand this is disappointing for many residents, however we’ve worked hard to offer services online where possible, including via the PARC Your Way app, online borrowing and community centre Facebook pages.”
“We understand the second lockdown has placed added pressure on our diverse communities and our $6.434 million relief and recovery package aims to support their recovery in the long term.”
Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said “these restrictions have become necessary because of the sharp increase in cases.”
“Restaurants and cafes will return to takeaway and delivery services only, and beauty and personal services will need to close. Entertainment and cultural venues will need to close. Community sport will also stop.”
The current lockdown restrictions will run until at least mid-August.