The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has slammed Daniel Andrews’ latest recovery roadmap and has called for the further easing of COVID-19 restrictions in regional Victoria immediately.
Ms Lovell slammed Mr Andrews for failing to even reference regional Victoria in Sunday’s announcement, which saw the easing of restrictions to Step 2 for metropolitan Melbourne.
Regional Victoria has again recorded a 14-day average of just 0.6 cases, with 45 out of 48 regional LGA’s having recorded no new cases in over 14 days and 36 of those LGA’s having recorded no new cases in over 28 days.
Ms Lovell said the Andrews Labor Government should recognise the low number of cases in regional Victoria and allow rural communities to immediately move to the next step, titled Last Step, that will see more businesses open and more regional people back at work.
Ms Lovell also slammed Labor’s decision to ban scarves and bandanas from being used as face coverings, saying it was nonsense that such items were appropriate during the height of the second wave of the virus but suddenly not appropriate with case numbers so low.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“Daniel Andrews needs to separate regional and metro areas in determining when to implement the next easing of restrictions.
“At a 14-day average of just 0.6 daily cases, the Premier needs to immediately reward country Victorians and move us to the Last Step to get more businesses open and our economy recovery started.
“The decision to now ban scarves and bandanas as permitted face coverings has not been made on health advice but rather as a ‘Captain’s Call’ by the Premier. These items were fine when we had over 700 cases each day so why the change now when we have had such a reduction in case numbers?”
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