PARKS Victoria has closed all designated campgrounds and accommodation throughout all parks and reserves across Victoria until further notice, at the direction of the Chief Health Officer of Victoria.
Designated campgrounds are any sites that have infrastructure such as toilets, fire pits or barbecues. Non-essential travel should be avoided, and ‘social distancing’ practices must be adhered to.
The following are guidelines regarding these changes on Parks Victoria-managed land:
- All accommodation and designated campgrounds managed by Parks Victoria are now closed. All existing bookings will be fully refunded, and no further bookings will be taken. A designated campground includes any formed area that has infrastructure such as toilets, fire pits, or barbecues.
- All people currently camping in designated campgrounds are being requested to leave immediately. Rangers will be patrolling to instruct people to leave.
- Any day visitors to parks and reserves are actively encouraged to disperse widely and adhere strictly to social distancing guidelines.
Compliance with this directive is enforceable under section 203 of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 and penalties apply.
Other areas within parks will remain open to allow for exercise, however, social distancing must be practised and those with flu-like symptoms must follow the advice from the Chief Health Officer of Victoria and remain at home.
Parks Victoria has arrangements in place to ensure business continuity, including ongoing urgent recovery efforts in bushfire-affected parks, essential maintenance and firefighting.
For up-to-date information, visit the Department of Health and Human Services website at dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.
For more information on affected visitor sites visit parks.vic.gov.au/COVID19.
“Closing all designated campgrounds across Victoria for all overnight camping and accommodation will help protect the health and safety of visitors and staff,” said Parks Victoria CEO Mr Matthew Jackson.
“We have a complete list of bookings and will provide full refunds as quickly as possible.
“This is a rapidly evolving situation, so we request anyone visiting a park to please check the latest conditions and closures at parks.vic.gov.au/COVID19 before visiting.”