Visitors flock to Alexandrina as COVID-19 restrictions ease

As visitors and tourists flock to the Fleurieu Peninsula following the region's official re-opening and an easing of COVID-19 restrictions, benefits are being felt across the Alexandrina district.

Over the weekend, tourists made the most of the sunny autumn weather, showing up in force in towns like Port Elliot, Middleton, Goolwa and Strathalbyn.

Region Open: Alexandrina mayor Keith Parkes has welcomed tourists and visitors to return to the region.

Region Open: Alexandrina mayor Keith Parkes has welcomed tourists and visitors to return to the region.

Some observers said numbers in the surf at Middleton were as big as they'd ever seen and local eateries benefited from a much-needed upturn in business.

An Alexandrina Council spokesperson said they were delighted to see visitors return to the region, while getting outdoors to explore.

"Returning visitors to our region will help many of our local business to stay open and bring vital money back into our economy," said the spokesperson.

"Council encourages visitors to support local businesses and operators by bringing an empty basket or esky and purchasing regional produce."

To help counter the economic downturn brought upon by the COVID-19 pandemic, Alexandrina council has launched a 'Local Food Guide' which lists local food businesses in the region that are open and providing take-away and delivery options.

Council administration is also prioritising helping businesses to comply with state government social distancing and hygiene requirements and is encouraging participation in SA Health's 30 minute best practice cleaning training course.

"Our region is very much open to explore. While you enjoy your stay in Alexandrina, please make sure you continue to respect state government social distancing rules," said council's spokesperson.

"Alexandrina businesses will display certificates so our community and visitors alike will feel confident and welcome knowing the business is following best possible hygiene practices.

"Council is very much here to support our businesses re-open, not only with our Business Support Package but also as our local businesses work towards the articulated Stage 2 roadmap requirements."

Businesses are encouraged to contact Alexandrina Council for advice on how to prepare for the state government's Stage 2 roadmap, by contacting their dedicated business support team via: business@alexandrian.sa.gov.au or 8555 7455.