June 2, 2021

Tourism North East CEO, Bess Nolan-Cook is cautiously optimistic following the State Government’s announcement of the easing of COVID-19 restrictions for regional Victoria.

“Today’s news is a welcome first step for tourism businesses in Victoria’s High Country.” said Ms Nolan-Cook.

The Acting Premier’s statement reminds Victorians to continue to adhere to the rules – knowing the restrictions that apply to you, and sticking to them.

“The recent outbreak serves as a timely reminder that we need to remain vigilant, continue to follow health guidelines, and that the pandemic is far from over.

“We are encouraging Victorians to do their bit by staying safe, adhering to restrictions and getting vaccinated if and when they can, so we don’t have a repeat of what was an extremely difficult 2020.” said Ms Nolan-Cook.

Additional steps will be required of businesses from 11:59pm tomorrow night including:

  • Businesses that are open in regional Victoria – restaurants or beauty for example – must check the IDs of everyone they serve. 
  • QR requirements will expand to make it mandatory in retail settings like supermarkets and shops. The 15-minute threshold will also be removed so anyone entering a shop or a cafe will need to check-in.

For further information on current restrictions and resources for businesses visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

Media enquiries, Niki Donaldson, Corporate Communications, Tourism North East, [email protected] / 0431 763 444.