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Mayor urges residents to stay home this Easter

Issued: 
April 4, 2020

Wellington Shire Council Mayor Alan Hall has urged the general public to abide by COVID-19 regulations around non-essential travel this coming Easter holiday period.

Cr Hall admitted it “goes against the grain” to be imploring people not to get out and about in Wellington on a long weekend, but the health and safety of local residents was important.

“This is usually the time of year I am encouraging everyone to descend on our beautiful Wellington communities to enjoy a break, our facilities and spend their money in our towns,” Cr Hall said.

“Unfortunately, this Easter the message is about staying put.”

“Each and every one of us has a responsibility to adhere to the Government guidelines in order to protect the most vulnerable in our communities.”

During Stage 3 of the COVID-19 restrictions, there are only four reasons you should be out:

  • Shopping for essential items you need
  • Seeking medical attention
  • Attending essential work or education
  • Exercise

“Stay home, your normal home not your holiday home,” Cr Hall said.

“Our small communities are already doing it tough with many services closed and our local health services do not need the extra burden of a larger population at this time.

“We have only got one crack at this, so my ask of all of us is to exercise behaviours that will save lives.

“We look forward to seeing you all in Wellington again very soon.”

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