THE end of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown means one of Portland’s popular annual events can go ahead tomorrow after all.
Classics by the Bay will take place on the Portland foreshore from 10am to 2pm tomorrow, with entry by gold coin donation.
The popular show ‘n’ shine was in danger of cancellation had the lockdown been extended but a relieved Portland Classic Auto Car Club president Craig Dennert said it was all systems go.
“We’re a registered event so we’re allowed to have up to 1000 people there and we’ll just need to follow the COVID rules,” he said.
Meanwhile Glenelg Shire Council yesterday re-opened its services closed during the five-day lockdown.
Libraries, skate parks, Visitor Information Centres, pools (indoor and outdoor), the Portland Arts Centre, barbecues and drinking fountains, RV camping sites and several public amenity blocks were all able to be used again.
Contracting services will also be able to resume.
During the lockdown the only council services open were early childhood education, waste collection, home care and playgrounds, while safety road works were the only contracting allowed to be carried out.
While the lifting of the lockdown will largely mean a return to life as it was a week ago, there will be some additional limits.
This includes only a maximum of five visitors at a home each day and a limit of 20 people at outdoor public gatherings.
There will also be some restrictions in relation to visiting hospital patients and those in aged care homes, which are restricted to one household a day with some specific restrictions.
Masks must continue to be worn indoors (except at home) and outdoors where physical distancing is not possible.
For more information call the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398 or visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au.
Victorians are also able to cross the border into South Australia again without the need for testing or quarantine.