Calls for roadblocks to prevent rogue holidaymakers from traveling to popular Victorian coastal destinations over the Easter long weekend have been rejected by Police Minister Lisa Neville.
Victorian Senator Sarah Henderson earlier called for roadblocks along the state’s iconic Great Ocean Road to stop an onslaught of holiday traffic through coastal communities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
But Ms Neville today said roadblocks would not be necessary.
“I don’t think we need to be considering roadblocks at this point,” she said.
“Putting up roadblocks is not what the chief health officer has asked.”
The declaration comes as Victoria recorded 16 new cases of COVID-19 from overnight, bringing the state’s total to 1228.
The death toll remains at 12, with no new deaths confirmed today.
More than half of the new cases were acquired through community transmission, with nine new cases taking the total number to 110.
Fifty Victorians are in hospital, including 13 in intensive care.
Police are set to be out in full force this weekend across the nation, undertaking road safety operations and COVID-19 checks as part of the Easter crackdown.
Ms Neville urged Victorians to stay at home over the Easter long weekend in order for the state to continue flattening the curve of the virus.
“This Easter you could make a significant dent in those figures if you don’t do the right thing,” she said.
“Most Victorians are doing the right thing. Stay at home, stay at your primary residence.”
Victorians have been given the green light to travel to their holiday homes, providing they travel with their households only.
But Ms Neville advised against the move.
“Legally you can visit your holiday home if you own that holiday home. But don’t do that, don’t travel to our regional and coastal communities this weekend,” she said.
“You can’t rent a holiday house, an Airbnb, you can’t camp, go to a caravan park, you can’t boat or fish, you can’t catch up with friends or family that don’t live with you.
“People should think what can I do at home in my own primary residence to make this an Easter to remember.”
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