Dogs must be kept on leads in public at all times in one Melbourne council, even in previously designated off-leash zones.
Police were seen moving pet owners on from parks in the Moonee Valley area today after the council put a stop to off-leash pets.
“Due to COVID-19 ‘social distancing’ requirements dogs are not to be exercised off-leash until further notice. If you are exercising throughout Moonee Valley all dogs are to remain on-leash until further notice,” the sign says.
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Mayor Samantha Byrne told 9News the restrictions were put in place so it would be safer for people who now use the parks to exercise.
“The majority of our dog owners are very responsible dog owners,” Cr Byrne said.
“We’re just noticing we have so many more people using our parks at the moment we need to do what we can to encourage social distancing.”
Victoria’s coronavirus crackdown extended for a month
Premier Daniel Andrews said on Sunday that the state of emergency will be extended until midnight on May 11.
Under the declaration, the government has the power to keep measures designed to “flatten the curve” of coronavirus.
Under Victoria’s coronavirus restrictions, individuals are only allowed to leave the house for essential supplies, work or school if it can’t be done from home, exercise, medical purposes including care-giving and compassionate reasons.
Victorians are permitted to go to their holiday houses or a second residence providing they own the property, but hiring rentals has been banned.
Premier Daniel Andrews said the state was flattening the curve, but people could not afford to become complacent.
“I’m deeply grateful for the sacrifices people are making and we are seeing the results with these relatively stable numbers,” he said.
“The strategy is working. People are working hard, that’s why we are not getting New York, that’s why we are not like these European cities that are being overrun.
“But they can change rapidly – they are fragile and if people don’t remain committed to preserving our health system and slowing the spread of this virus than we can become like these other countries.
“There’s no room for complacency.”
Reported with AAP
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