Member for Warren-Blackwood, Terry Redman welcomes the intrastate travel restrictions, especially stopping the high influx of visitors to the region over the Easter and school holiday periods.
“Normally the region welcomes visitors and has campaigns to attract tourists to the area, however, this year is the exception due to the threat of COVID-19 spreading,” Mr Redman said.
“I understand this restriction is severely impacting our accommodation and tourism sector and I acknowledge that they, alongside a number of other small businesses, are doing it tough this year.”
The travel restrictions have thrown up a number of questions regarding people’s eligibility to travel between regions, especially to support elderly family members.
In response to people unclear as to whether their reason falls within the scope of exemptions, the Nationals are calling for an application process so people have confidence they are able to travel without being stopped or fined.
“My office has taken a number of queries crossing a vast array of situations, with people seeking clarification on whether they meet the eligibility criteria,” Mr Redman said.
“People want certainty, and a travel pass of some form will give them assurance they are travelling within the legal guidelines and will not be turned back.”
The State Government has released ‘Prohibition on Regional Travel Directions’ which legally restricts travel between regions. The directions outline a range of exemptions for medical, employment, primary carer purposes, obtaining goods or essential services not available in the region, education, parenting arrangements or compassionate reasons.
“I believe most people understand the gravity of the COVID situation and are trying to do the right thing. Everyone’s circumstances are different, and whilst the restrictions can seem hard, they are there to protect us all,” Mr Redman said.
“My advice is if you don’t have to travel – don’t. If you can make alternative arrangements, especially for elderly relatives in the regions, then please do so, as reduced movement between regions will protect them and others.
“I am heartened by the many stories of people looking out for others, the strength of our regional community spirit, and the appreciation expressed to our health workers. By everyone doing the right thing we can get through these next few months.”
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