The Committee for Mornington Peninsula has called for the imposition of border controls to allow businesses to open for local trade after accusing the State Government of “not providing a fair playground”. CfMP president Shannon Smit said Peninsula businesses were “bewildered and frustrated” that they were not allowed to trade whereas those in Geelong and Colac-Otway were, despite having more active COVID-19 cases than the Peninsula.
“We want the borders controlled as they are being controlled in Geelong and the Colac-Otway, to allow our Mornington Peninsula businesses to have local trade,” Ms Smit said. “Many of our businesses are up against the wall. If they could open up to local trade only, it will be the difference to many about if they survive or not. Our businesses have invested significant time and money into becoming COVID-19-safe and are willing and able to check people’s licences to ensure they are locals.”
Yesterday, Premier Daniel Andrews announced that Geelong and Colac-Otway businesses could continue to trade despite having 59 and 76 active cases respectively to the Peninsula’s 14. Mr Andrews said it might seem counter-intuitive that “you can go to the pub but you can’t go to your mate’s place”, but transmission was not taking place in cafes and restaurants. Most was occurring at workplaces, with some “household to household” infections in regional Victoria, he said.
The CfMP urged Peninsula traders and residents to take to social media using the hashtag #notafairplayground “to urge the Andrews Government to apply the rules fairly”.
Nepean state Labor MP Chris Brayne has been contacted for comment.