Stage 4 restrictions a frustration for north-west

A five-day lockdown involving statewide Stage 4 restrictions is frustrating for north-west Victorians.

Member for Mildura Ali Cupper said the Victorian Government’s announcement of blanket restrictions would be difficult for people to understand.

“I have advocated throughout the pandemic for a nuanced and proportionate approach to lockdowns, restrictions and border closures and I don’t deviate from that position now,” Ms Cupper said.

“The Stage 4 restrictions come as a shock and I know and feel the frustration in our community given we are so far removed from Melbourne where the current outbreak is.

“The level of severity of these restrictions is something we have not experienced before and it will turn people’s lives upside down.

“It’s incredibly disruptive and inconvenient and it will be a pretty tough few days.”

Ms Cupper hoped the “go hard, go early” approach would mean restrictions in our region could lift quickly.

“Hopefully by Wednesday there will be data to justify at least a nuanced approach, to grade different parts of state according to risk and give us a lighter version of restrictions if they are needed so we can stay safe but still go about our lives,” she said.

Ms Cupper said one factor in the current outbreak of potential concern was Terminal 4 at Melbourne Airport being declared a tier one exposure site.

“Terminal 4 is where some flights to Mildura land and take off from, so that does become a factor people need to be aware of,” she said.

“I am getting more specific advice about testing requirements for people who have been to that terminal and Melbourne Airport more broadly.”

Ms Cupper urged people to resist panic buying.

“I have had reports that not long after the announcement supermarkets were packed. We have been through this before and we know we will still be able to shop for our essentials, so there is no need for people to panic buy,” she said.

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