WELLINGTON Shire mayor Alan Hall is imploring people to stay at home this Easter and not travel to their holiday homes.
“Stay home,” he has urged.
“Your normal home – not your holiday home.
“Our small communities are already doing it tough with many services closed, and our local health services do not need the extra burden of a larger population at this time.”
Cr Hall admitted it went “against the grain” to be imploring people not to get out and about in Wellington on a long weekend, but the health and safety of local residents was paramount.
“This is usually the time of year I am encouraging everyone to descend on our beautiful Wellington communities to enjoy a break, our facilities and spend their money in our towns,” he said.
“Unfortunately, this Easter the message is about staying put.”
“Each and every one of us has a responsibility to adhere to the government guidelines in order to protect the most vulnerable in our communities.”
During stage three of the COVID-19 restrictions, there are only four reasons people should be out – shopping for essential items, seeking medical attention, attending essential work or education, and exercise.
“We have only got one crack at this,” Cr Hall said.
“So my ask of all of us is to exercise behaviours that will save lives.
“We look forward to seeing you all in Wellington again very soon.”