State 3 restrictions reimposed in Merri-bek suburbs and what it means for our community (media statement)

1 July 2020

Moreland Council acknowledges the announcement by State Government to reimpose Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions for 10 postcodes in Melbourne including Merri-bek suburbs 3046 (Glenroy, Hadfield, Oak Park), 3060 (Fawkner), 3055 (Brunswick West), in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

We love our Merri-bek suburbs of Glenroy, Hadfield, Oak Park, Fawkner and Brunswick West and understand this is difficult news. We encourage all residents of these suburbs to follow the advice of chief health authorities to stay at home.

Stay at Home orders apply to residents of the 10 postcodes, meaning residents of those suburbs can only leave their home for 4 reasons: for work or school, for care or caregiving, for outdoor exercise or for food and other essentials.

Restrictions will be imposed from 11.59pm, Wednesday 1 July 2020 and will be enforced by Victoria Police.

Anyone who is not a resident of these areas should avoid traveling to these suburbs unless for work or caregiving.

Businesses and facilities in these suburbs will again be restricted. Cafes and restaurants can only open for take-away and delivery.

These changes will heavily impact our local residents and local traders. We can expect significant economic impacts for our community.

We want to reassure our community that we will continue to support all community members and businesses through a range of measures to get through this. We have proposed in our 2020/21 budget a $4.85 million COVID-19 community relief and rebuild package with a good portion of this going to businesses.

We urge the Federal and State government to look at ways where we can increase additional financial support to small and medium businesses, where possible.

The Victorian Government announced this morning a number of additional COVID-19 testing sites including at Brunswick West and Glenroy. This testing will play a big part in getting our community tested and a better understanding on how this virus is spreading.

We’re working closely with the State Government to provide as much support as we can to these testing areas including assisting with logistics, facilities, community engagement and communications to help get the message out there. We strongly urge local residents to get tested at these sites – and play your part in stopping the spread of the virus

These new restrictions mean that some of our facilities in the identified postcodes must close. This includes Glenroy Library, Fawkner Leisure Centre, and playgrounds and skate parks in those postcodes.

We will get through this together, Merri-bek: One community, proudly diverse.