26 September 2023

Parks closes gates to visitors

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Parks Victoria has closed campsites and caravan parks to visitors at the direction of the Chief Health Officer.

The Agency said staff would monitor visitation rates on sites that remained open for permanent residents, with the possibility of further closures if COVID-19 gathering rules were not followed.

“These closures are in line with directives from the Chief Health Officer to ensure that no outside public gatherings of 500 or more occur, and inside gatherings of more than 100 people,” Parks Victoria said.

“Parks Victoria has therefore closed sites that are likely to attract high visitor numbers.”

It said the closures applied to all playgrounds, BBQ facilities, water drinking fountains, picnic shelters and tables, rotundas, toilets and viewing platforms; a number of beaches; all campsites, camping grounds and caravan parks; as well as facilities in parks, such as Visitor Centres and tours.

“People can continue to live on a closed caravan park or camping ground if it is registered as their primary place of residence or if they are staying in caravan parks as interim accommodation where their primary residence is not available,” Parks Victoria said.

It said the sites would remain closed until advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer indicated it was safe to reopen them.

It said the closures would be enforced with signage and regular patrols and people wishing to retrieve belongings from closed areas could do so by contacting the land manager or operator for the area.

Further information on parks and beach closures can be accessed at the Parks Victoria website at this PS News link.

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