Key services in Brimbank have temporarily closed their doors due to staff shortages caused by people having to isolate themselves due to COVID-19.
At least three Brimbank bank branches were closed this week, as well as two post offices. Several restaurants have reverted to takeaway only or closed their kitchens, while the Brimbank municipality has reduced the opening hours of its libraries.
Post offices in Brimbank Central and Cairnlea are temporarily closed due to team members in self-isolation.
An Australia Post spokesperson said they saw more than 1,500 of their team in necessary self-isolation on any given day,
“We are working to minimize future network disruption as vaccination rates continue to rise, including using technology in our key facilities to aid in social distancing and contact tracing, and in our post offices we will continue to wear protective screens, social distancing markings and masks where necessary to protect our team members and customers,” the spokesperson said.
“We know disruptions can be frustrating, but we kindly ask our customers for their patience and to treat our dedicated team members with respect as they work hard under difficult conditions to get mail and packages to their destinations as quickly and safely as possible.”
ANZ’s Brimbank Central branch, the Westpac St Albans branch and the Commonwealth Bank branch in Keilor Downs are also closed.
The CBA branch is set to reopen on January 17, while the others are set to open as soon as possible.
Spokespersons for all three banks said banks, like a number of other industries, had to adjust their opening hours due to staff shortages due to people who have either tested positive for COVID-19 or are in close contact.
The banks all said they had other branches or ATMs open in the town that residents could access in the meantime.
Due to staff shortages and security issues, restaurants have also changed their services.
The Dragon Express in Sunshine has returned to takeaway only.
“Unfortunately, due to increasing local cases, we are concerned about the health of our valuable employees and will temporarily not offer dinner,” a social media post said.
“However, we will remain open for pickup and delivery only so you can all still get your Dragon Express solution.”
The Derrimut Hotel said on its social media that it had closed its kitchen due to staff shortages.