With the opening this week of the 2020 ski season at Victorian resorts and the start of school holidays in Victoria this Friday, Tourism North East is urging anyone considering travel during this time to stay informed, book ahead, be safe and be considerate of others.
TNE CEO Bess Nolan-Cook reiterated the message after Saturday’s announcement by the Victorian Premier that a new spike in COVID-19 cases has prevented further easing of social gathering restrictions and rolled back family gatherings to a maximum of five per household.
Ms Nolan-Cook said: “I strongly encourage anyone who is planning to travel, to take a measured and cautious approach by planning, booking and confirming ahead all elements of travel before leaving home. That means ensuring your accommodation is booked in advance, as well as all meals at all venues including restaurants, cafes, breweries and wineries and of course continuing to practice physical distancing and good hygiene".
Ms Nolan-Cook said Victoria's alpine resorts had been working tirelessly to implement strategies to ensure the safety of visitors heading to the snow from this week, as well as businesses and staff welcoming guests, including implementing detailed COVID-19 operational plans for capacity management, traceability, cleaning/hygiene, accommodation, food and beverage and transportation.
Resorts visitors must book their vehicle entry pass prior to arrival and anyone arriving without a vehicle entry pass may not be able to enter the resort due to capacity constraints. Visitors to the snowfields are also urged to book all elements of their trip including lift passes, accommodation and other activities well in advance.
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