With Melbourne back in COVID lockdown and the border between Victoria and NSW closed, bushwalkers - like all other Aussies - are again being told to be COVIDsafe so here are some practical tips for visiting parks in Victoria.
- Observe physical distancing of 1.5 metres at all times
- Do not gather in groups of more than 10 people
- Check that the park is open before travelling
- Avoid parks that are usually busy on a weekend
- Bring your own hand sanitiser
- If a car park is full, no more people can visit that site. Do not join vehicle queues or park illegally - instead go to an alternative destination
- Stay safe – do not jump barriers or railings to access areas that are prohibited
- Be prepared for cold weather and take safety precautions in areas where there is snow
- If you are using BBQ facilities make sure you clean them before and after each use.
- People can attend gatherings of no more than 10 people, including household members. Gatherings can happen indoors, in a public space or outside. People should stay 1.5 metres apart.
- Up to 20 people can participate in outdoor group sport and exercise activities, provided you keep your distance (at least 1.5 metres apart) and are participating in either training or a match. Training can be indoors or outdoors.
- Up to 10 people can use public playgrounds, outdoor gyms and skateparks, while staying 1.5 metres apart.
- Up to 10 people can gather at beaches, providing they stay 1.5 metres apart, where possible.
- Indoor historic sites can allow up to 20 visitors allowed per separate space, while ensuring that density requirements of one person per four square metres and physical distancing is applied. People can visit outdoor historic sites with gatherings of no more than 10 people.
Wilsons Promontory National Park
There will be a limit on the number of visitors permitted into the park at any one time. Once capacity is met, entry to the park will be temporarily halted to manage visitor numbers. Vehicles will be permitted to enter as other vehicles leave. Parks Victoria staff will be at the park entry to assist visitors and monitor vehicle numbers.
Port Campbell National Park (Twelve Apostles)
There will be a limit on the number of visitors permitted at the Twelve Apostles viewing areas at any one time. Once capacity is met, entry to the site will be temporarily halted to manage visitor numbers. Vehicles will be permitted to enter as other vehicles leave. Parks Victoria staff will be at the park entry to assist visitors and monitor vehicle numbers however there may be lengthy delays. Please note that additional traffic controls will be in place due to construction works in the park which may create traffic delays.
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