Media Release 4 June 2020
With the long weekend quickly approaching, Rural communities across Victoria are preparing to welcome thousands of tourists from the city following the lifting of some COVID-19-related restrictions.
Rural Councils Victoria Chair, Cr Mary-Ann Brown said:
“Several of our communities have reported a big increase in accommodation bookings now that restrictions have been eased.”
Rural Councils Victoria represents rural communities across the state.
“While tourists are delighted to be able to get out and about and accommodation and venue operators are delighted to get back to business as usual, the priority is still to keep people safe.”
Cr Brown said observing social distancing rules and other COVID-related guidelines was imperative to ensure everyone remains safe this long weekend.
“It is important to remember that rural communities don’t have the same level of medical facilities or ambulance and police numbers and response times as in the city.
“Just because things have eased a little, doesn’t mean we can fully relax,” Cr Brown said.
Rural communities are also at a greater risk from COVID-19. They have a much higher per centage of older Australians – who are more vulnerable to the virus – than metropolitan Melbourne, 29 per cent compared to 18 per cent.
“Rural community members are very grateful that people are again taking breaks in rural Victoria. Tourism is the lifeblood of many of our communities. But everyone must behave responsibly to ensure that everyone remains safe and well,” Cr Brown said.
RCV is aware that everyone has been affected by the COVID-19 crisis and our rural Victorian accommodation providers are so looking forward to sharing beautiful rural locations for people to unwind and relax.
We just ask that you follow state and federal health advice, practise good hygiene and stay home if you have any symptoms.
For more information contact: Claire Sheed-Finck | 0401 839 811 | [email protected]