We all know this Easter will be different for all of us. Many people will be without their families for the first time in a long time as we face the reality of the coronavirus outbreak.
The Victorian government has set out strict guidelines to ensure the spread is kept to a minimum and the message is clear for the weekend: stay home.
However, with so many traditions up in the air, there is still a little confusion amongst the community. So, here is what you can and can’t do.
Firstly, it has been advised by the Police Minister Lisa Neville that you stay at your primary residence. You can travel to your holiday home with members of your immediate household but it is not recommended.
These are some of the major don’t’s for the weekend…
You are not allowed to rent and stay a holiday home or AirBNB. You must cancel your booking.
You can’t stay in a hotel.
You can’t go on a boat.
You can’t go camping.
You can’t go surfing.
You can’t play golf.
You can’t go fishing.
You can’t take your kids to the playground.
It’s also against the rules to go on a road trip either by car or motorcycle, so you are better off to save petrol for when you need it, such as trips to the supermarket, medical care, work or education.
However, there are plenty of things you are allowed to do!
You’re allowed to have a play in the park, like kick a football with people you live with or ONE other person (not your entire football team). Make sure you keep your distance and keep up your personal hygiene. It must be your own equipment.
You’re allowed to go for a hike for the sake of exercise, but keep in mind that facilities are closed and physical distancing must be followed at all times. Popular walking spots have been closed like the 1000 Steps, so you should double-check before you begin your fitness routine.
You can exercise with a friend, as long as it is just the two of you and you are practising social distancing. You can even grab a takeaway coffee!
And most importantly, you CAN have an Easter egg hunt!!! Just make sure you follow social distancing guidelines at all times.
If you would like more information about the guidelines of stage three restrictions in Victoria, go here.