Hume 'Hot Zone' residents urged to stay at home
Published on 02 July 2020
Hume City Council is urging its residents to follow the stay at home restrictions implemented in lock down suburbs to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Hume Mayor, Councillor Carly Moore said while the Victorian Government's announcement of Stage 3 restrictions was extremely disappointing for local residents, it was a necessary step to stop the spread of COVID-19.
"I am devastated for our community, "Cr Moore said.
"We have been doing it tough and these lock downs will make it even tougher.
"We were starting to see some signs of hope and were starting to get really optimistic about what the future might look like.
"And realistically, we're right back to square one.
"Council supports any measures taken by the Victorian Government and Victoria Police to ensure the health and safety of the community.
“The actions of those who have done the wrong thing have had a major impact on the rest of the community in ways that some businesses and residents may not recover from.”
Keeping our community safe and get tested
Cr Moore also urged residents of lock down suburbs to get tested for coronavirus as the suburban testing blitz continues in various locations across Hume.
"It's incredibly disappointing that some people in our community have done the wrong thing," Cr Moore said.
'There's no reason why anyone should refuse a test. If someone knocks on your door and asks you to take the test, please say yes."
"The latest restrictions are a reminder for all of us that no individual or suburb is immune from COVID-19.
“I urge you to do your part and get tested - even if you have mild symptoms, or no symptoms at all."
Testing is free for everyone and there are a number of testing sites located in Hume City and surrounding suburbs.
Supporting our community through the pandemic
Cr Moore said the return to stage three restrictions will deliver another blow for the community and calls on the Victorian Government to support Hume City with a recovery package.
“The Victorian Government needs to throw its support behind our residents and businesses, by investing in a local support and recovery package to ensure we all get through to the other side of the lock down," she said.
“We have seen a lot of job losses through the loss of traditional manufacturing in the area and now we are seeing the devastating impacts through the Melbourne Airport diversions, which is one of our biggest employers.
"We welcome investment in critical local projects that help to generate local jobs for local people."
What this means for Council services and facilities
In line with the Victorian Government's reintroduction of stage three restrictions in suburbs across Hume, a number of Council services have closed to the public.
"We created new ways to support our community during the first lock down, and these will continue during this second lockdown.
"Online programs and activities will be available to support the community.
"We want everybody to feel connected and supported during this time."
Visit hume.vic.gov.au/coronavirus for the most current information on Council services and facilities.
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