Mayor Kris Bolam’s statement: Circuit breaker lockdown

Published on 16 July 2021

Mayor Kris Bolam

Due to the spread of the fast moving Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus, Victoria has gone into another circuit-breaker lockdown.

It is anticipated the lockdown will run for five days until 11.59pm Tuesday night.

I’m acutely aware this is the last thing any of us wanted – but by sticking to the rules and putting public health first, we can get on top of this. We’ve been there before and we can do this again. The resolve of Frankston City residents is strong and together we will beat the Coronavirus and return to a semblance of a normal life.

This outbreak feels particularly close to home. The State Government has released updated exposure sites including areas in Karingal, Hastings and Cheltenham. I urge residents to familiarise themselves with the sites here: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/exposure-sites

It’s also crucial that everyone gets vaccinated when it is their turn. Check your eligibility and book online here: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covid-19-vaccine-eligibility-checker

Uner the current lockdown restrictions, there are five reasons to leave home:

  • Food and essential supplies.
  • Authorised work.
  • Care and caregiving.
  • Exercise, for up to two hours and with one other person.
  • To get vaccinated.

Exercise and shopping is limited to five kilometres from home. Single person bubbles and intimate partner visits will be permitted.

It’s important to note that some Council services have been altered and others have paused. For example, physical library branches will be closed, however they continue with only a click and collect service, and Frankston Regional Recycling and Recovery Centre will only accept permitted commercial drop offs. To view a list of impacted facilities, please visit https://www.frankston.vic.gov.au/Your-Council/Coronavirus-Updates

Lockdowns are incredibly challenging, however be assured that Council is here for our residents. We have a proud history of walking side by side with our community during difficult times and now is no different. Late last month, Council reaffirmed and underscored its support to COVID-19 recovery initiatives with a $3.86 million investment to help our community to recover from COVID-19 – taking Council’s total support in the Relief and Recovery Package to $9.128 million.

The Coronavirus pandemic has created significant difficulties for residents, businesses, sporting and community groups and Council is united in its determination to support the community as it recovers from the challenges of COVID-19.

Don’t feel you’re alone – our Relief and Recovery Call Centre is here to assist via live chat online and by phone. Our helpful staff are literally only a call way.

We’re monitoring the situation closely and we will provide timely and accurate information across our social media platforms, including Facebook. Stay safe and look out for each other.

I look forward to seeing you out and about – in line with Covid safe practices and when the easing of restrictions permits – in this beautiful place we all call home: Frankston City.

For more information, please visit www.frankston.vic.gov.au

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