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Council: Keep your distance and stay calm this Easter

By The McIvor Times

WITH Easter only days away, the City of Greater Bendigo is reminding residents to continue following current coronavirus (COVID-19) health advice.

Residents are encouraged not to panic buy ahead of supermarkets closing on Good Friday and instead plan appropriately and remember they are closed for only one day.

Good Friday is generally one of the busiest days for fish and chip take away. It is recommended residents order over the phone to limit the amount of time they have to wait around.

Although Easter is traditionally a time to gather with friends and family, residents should be mindful that gatherings are currently limited to groups of two (unless you are with immediate family/household members). It is also important that we holiday at home this year and do not go away, even to remote camping sites, and that we do not invite anyone to visit.

Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke said it was critical people plan for Easter and behave accordingly.

“There will be enough food and supplies for everyone, provided people buy in moderation and do not panic buy and hoard items. Major supermarkets are only closed for one day, so I ask that people are sensible and buy only what they need,” Cr O’Rourke said.

“The current social distancing measures that are in place are there for everyone’s wellbeing. I can understand that people will be looking for take away options this long weekend, particularly fish and chips on Good Friday.

“Take away shops are only so big, so please be courteous when collecting your order and don’t crowd together. I also ask business owners to take an active role in managing the number of people inside their shops and ensure people keep 1.5 metres apart, even if they have to stand outside.

“I think the hardest part about Easter this year will be that extended families will not be able to come together and people won’t be able to meet up with friends, go away for the long weekend or invite people to visit in Greater Bendigo. As tempting as it may be to make an exception, please do not do this.

“The COVID-19 health advice is in place to save lives and stop the spread of this highly infections virus. Please keep doing the right thing, the wellbeing of our community depends on it.

“I hope our residents have a peaceful Easter break and everyone continues to play a critical role part in flattening the curve and lessening the rate of infection.”