Eurobodalla Mayor Liz Innes says calls from some in the community to close borders were not feasible.
“I understand people are concerned about containing the spread of COVID-19, but local councils don’t have authority to close borders.
“The message from our civic leaders is very clear. Do not travel unless it is essential. ACT Chief Minister Barr said on Monday this means no holidays on the South Coast. I have asked Canberrans to stay at home.
“But we must be realistic. Almost 40 percent of homes in Eurobodalla are owned by people who live outside the shire. Those people have a right to be in their own home.
“However, we’re seeing mandatory lockdowns across the globe. By traveling to the coast to isolate, people risk being stuck here and placing a huge strain on our health services.
“I ask those planning a coastal retreat to consider staying where they are, and those who’ve already arrived to return home. You will be much better served in the city where medical facilities are more accessible, and goods and services more abundant.”