VTA responsibility reminder on lockdown extension


Prolonged Covid-19 outbreak prevention measures spur vigilance call

VTA responsibility reminder on lockdown extension
Peter Anderson

 

The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) reminds operators to follow relevant public health advice amid the state’s extended Covid-19 lockdown measures.

VTA CEO Peter Anderson expresses his frustration at the scenario but encourages industry to remain vigilant – as it has been in similar situations.

Among the latest developments, while regional Victoria takes tentative steps out of the circuit-breaker, the Northern Territory has declared all of Victoria a Covid-19 hotspot.

"No doubt you are as disappointed as I am with the news today that the lockdown in Victoria is to be extended by a further seven days until Thursday, 10 June, albeit with changes that will ease some of the restrictions in Melbourne and regional Victoria," Anderson says in a commuique.

"Of much consolation is that as an essential service, freight and logistics operators are permitted to carry out their work delivering fresh food and groceries to supermarkets, fuel to petrol stations, building and raw materials to construction sites and factories, and deliveries to Victorians confined to their homes.

"Transport workers have done a remarkable job over the past 18 months servicing their customers safely and efficiently under incredibly challenging and stressful conditions.

"It is important that we continue to operate in this way so that transport businesses can remain open and continue to employ workers to carry out the vital services we provide to the community, which keeps our economy growing and strong."


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With certain truck stops emerging as exposure sites in the past week, Anderson urges operators to

"During this period of enhanced restrictions, please ensure your drivers continue to observe public health advice in regards to social distancing, mask wearing and refraining from work – and getting tested – if they have ANY symptoms of COVID, and to refrain from visiting any parts of the community that are off limits, particularly in regional Victoria.

"The only way we can avoid any future reinstatement of draconian restrictions on movement and trade is to act responsibly to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in our community."

 

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