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Government needs to sort out restrictions anomalies

The Andrews Labor Government needs to iron out some of the silly anomalies, contradictions and inconsistencies with its COVID rules and restrictions.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has raised in State Parliament concerns about the web of confusing restrictions that are making it difficult for Victorians and Gippslanders who want to do the right thing.

“I have been inundated this year with questions and people seeking clarifications about the rules, but in recent weeks this has accelerated due to the number of silly, inconsistent and contradictory rules that have been made.

“Not only are these restrictions making it difficult for Victorians to comply with the rules but they are hurting businesses, particularly those in the hospitality sector.”

Mr O’Brien cited a number of examples in Parliament, including why there could be 70 people outside at a pub, but only 50 at a funeral or an outdoor religious service, and only 10 outdoors for a wedding.

He said it was inexplicable why there could be 10 people seated at a table in a restaurant or pub, but only 2 in a food court.  And why 10 people from a local CWA committee, for example, could meet at a café but not at a local hall while wearing masks.

Mr O’Brien said the hospitality industry in particular, was being unfairly impacted for no good health reason.

“Venues are limited to 10 people per area, no matter how big the area is, so a small café can have 10 people in an area subject to density limits, but a massive restaurant or pub is also restricted to the same number despite having a much bigger area 

“Hospitality should only be restricted by the density requirements. Like other states we could operate that way to ensure a COVID-safe approach and allow our businesses to serve more local people.”

Mr O’Brien was also critical of poor and inconsistent communication and advice.

“For example, the DHHS website states in one paragraph that photographers are included in the 10 person cap for a wedding and then in another, says they are not. 

“I appreciate the Government is operating in a complex environment – but Victorians want to be able to do the right thing and the Government is making it incredibly difficult with incoherent, inconsistent rules that are confusing us and costing jobs and businesses.”

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, says the State Government needs to fix inconsistent COVID rules.

30 October 2020

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