Melbourne losing its patience: Frustrated parents rip down QR codes requiring they sign in at PLAYGROUNDS – despite NO evidence of Covid transmission at ANY of them
- Bayside City Council reported vandals tore down signs at several playgrounds
- Photos of the damage show the signs have been cut and QR codes removed
- It comes less than a week after playgrounds re-opened on September 3
- The council has urged residents to report any missing and vandalised signage
Frustrated parents have ripped down QR code signs at playgrounds in Melbourne – after Dan Andrews backflipped on his controversial ban on kids using the equipment to stop parents gathering and socialising.
Bayside City Council, in Melbourne’s southern suburbs, shared photos of the destroyed signs on Tuesday and hit out at ‘mindless vandals’.
Signs at playgrounds on Tramway Parade in Beaumaris and in Wishart Reserve in Hampton East were torn through the middle, with the QR code removed.
They were destroyed less than a week after being installed across the council’s 61 playgrounds when the ban was overturned.
Bayside City Council reported on Tuesday that vandals had torn down several QR codes at playgrounds across the municipality less than a week after they were installed
‘The closure of playgrounds has been tough for our younger residents,’ Bayside Council said.
‘When restrictions partially eased, we installed QR codes and new Covid Safe signage to allow safe play to resume in all our playgrounds.’
The council urged parents to report missing and vandalised signage at local playgrounds and anyone who witnesses vandalism to report it immediately.
‘We do not want the mindless actions of a few to spoil the safe enjoyment of everyone and encourage residents to monitor these important public safety signs,’ it said.
The council has urged residents to monitor the important public safety signs and report missing and vandalised signage at their local playgrounds
Bayside City Council said it was assessing the amount of damage and the cost to replace the vandalised signs.
Premier Andrews closed playgrounds, basketball courts, skate parks and exercise equipment across Victoria on August 16 as he tightened the city’s lockdown.
Many parents were furious and pleaded Mr Andrews to reverse the ban, and he finally did so on September 1.
Victorian chief health officer Professor Brett Sutton admitted that playgrounds closed due to parents using them to meet up, not over fears of transmission between children.
Premier Dan Andrews had announced on August 16 that playgrounds across the state would close to reduce the possibility of transmission events, before later backflipping on the rule
Playgrounds across the state re-opened on September 3 and adults must now check in using the QR code system when they visit
‘My advice on playgrounds originally was because we saw that people were using it as a loophole to have de facto meetings across households, neighbourhoods, families,’ he said.
Since the ban was overturned, only children under 12 can visit a playground with only one parent, guardian or carer.
A second parent, guardian or carer can also go to the playground if required for children with additional needs.
Adults cannot remove their masks to eat or drink while visiting a playground and need to check in using the Victorian QR code system.
Victoria recorded 221 new locally acquired cases on Wednesday morning.
Under Victoria’s current restrictions, only children under 12 can visit a playground with one parent or carer
Vandals tear down QR signs at Melbourne playgrounds in Bayside City Council