Mt Buller News

Lockdown lifted but rules still in place

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NOW the alpine resorts have reopened there are still some basic COVID guidelines to be followed for staff and visitors alike.

Mt Buller’s Resort Management chief executive officer Mark Bennetts said these rules and guidelines are basic but need to be strictly followed:

Anyone living within the resort is exempt from requiring a test to enter the resort, meaning they can leave and return without having a test;

Essential services are exempt from requiring a test to enter the resort, which includes essential deliveries;

Students living outside the resort but who attend school within the resort are exempt from requiring a test to enter the resort;

People who work within the resort but live outside the resort must have a negative test within 7 days prior to arrival. The definition of an alpine worker is “an employee or contractor of an alpine resort management board, or any business located within an alpine resort who is required to enter an alpine resort for work purposes”.

Anyone else entering the resort must have a negative test within 72 hours prior to arrival. This includes school groups (eg from Timbertop, Mansfield Secondary College).

Some key points specific to Mt Buller and Mt Stirling:

The Mansfield Hospital has increased the number of tests it

is carrying out and increased to seven days per week with bookings recommende­d. A new drivethrou­gh testing station was opened last week at the Mansfield Showground­s.

Resort entry is being staffed 24/7 and all vehicles will have to stop on the way through so that people can be checked.

Mr Bennetts said the resort did this last time, and at peak times had all gates open plus additional staff working outside so that they could try to complete the checks without slowing things down too much.

“It also helps if people are ready

to show us the required informatio­n (ID and proof of negative test),” Mr Bennetts said.

“We won’t check all the passengers on a bus - it is up to bus companies to check passengers have had their negative test before boarding, and they then confirm that to us at resort entry.”

Mt Buller already has a process in place where people living in the resort stop at Mirimbah and get a pass out which allows them to return.

This allows resort management to identify returning residents who are exempt from being tested.

 ??  ?? GETTING THE SWAB: COVID testing is now available at the Mansfield Showground­s due to Mt Buller demand.
GETTING THE SWAB: COVID testing is now available at the Mansfield Showground­s due to Mt Buller demand.

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