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Peter Walsh MP:
Regions Still in Lockdown Despite No New Cases

Why do communities and businesses in country Victoria cant move to the Last Step?

By Portal Admin - 8th November 2020 - Back to News

The Andrew Labor Government has refused to explain why communities and businesses in country Victoria cant move to the Last Step, despite there being zero new cases in the regions for 14 days.

Health Minister Martin Foley was asked in State Parliament to provide the health advice on country restrictions including mandated mask wearing, even during solo activity, and why the regions are being prevented from moving to the last step.

Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh said moving to the last step would get more people back to work and revive regional economies with more opportunities to spend in town.

"According to the Andrews Labor Governments roadmap to reopening, its safe to move to the last step when theres been no new cases recorded for 14 days," Mr Walsh said.

"Regional Victorians have met that threshold, yet were prevented from taking the next step towards COVID normal because our future is still chained to Melbourne.

"Were all prepared to do our part, but with no new cases for 14 days and Labors own former Health Minister saying the Governments suffering a paralysis of decision-making regional Victorians are right to question the evidence supporting the continued lockdown."

Mr Foley was also asked why regional Victorians can still be fined for not wearing a mask while out doing solo recreational activity, like walking the dog, playing golf or fishing.

Mr Walsh has written to the Government and the Chief Health Officer multiple times seeking the evidence supporting the enforced rule, but nearly seven weeks later theres still been no response.

"Regional Victorians have done the heavy lifting after Daniel Andrews let the virus slip through the cracks of hotel quarantine in Melbourne," Mr Walsh said.

"More weeks of restrictions means more pain for regional businesses and communities we deserve to know why we are being kept under lock and key.

"If the public health advice is supporting this lockdown, why wont the Andrews Labor Government release it to give country people piece of mind that its in our best interests?"


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