Schoolies have been strongly urged to stay away from the Mornington Peninsula this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council said there would be no Schoolies Safe Space at Rye foreshore due to COVID restrictions. This brought the Mornington Peninsula into line with other popular schoolies destinations such as Byron Bay and the Gold Coast, the council said in a statement.
“With social distancing rules and limits on gatherings likely to continue into next year, schoolies gatherings won’t be possible,” said CEO John Baker. “My message to school leavers and their families is this: our beaches will still be here when this pandemic is over, so we are asking you to postpone your schoolies celebrations for now.
“We urge all school leavers to stay safe this summer and look for creative ways to engage in schoolies activities that will limit the risk of transmitting the virus. It’s just not worth the risk of travelling down here. Look at options in your local area, stay safe and celebrate at home.”
Mornington Peninsula Local Area Commander Inspector Bruce Kitchen said: “Victoria Police will be proactively policing the Peninsula, and anyone found breaching the Chief Health Officer’s directions will be prosecuted.”