North East MPs fear having to physically attend parliament during the Victorian lockdown could put regions at risk of a COVID-outbreak.
Two MPs have criticised the decision for parliament to sit in Melbourne on Tuesday and Wednesday in the middle of a five-day lockdown.
During the previous Melbourne lockdown, parliament implemented remote participation for regional MPs.
However MPs had been informed the physical sitting of parliament would go ahead this week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Member for Northern Victoria Tania Maxwell said being in Melbourne places regional members at risk and she is concerned about having to travel from Melbourne to COVID-free Wangaratta.
"I personally believe we should be able to attend remotely because physically being here now, when previously regional members didn't attend when Melbourne was in lockdown, is placing us all at risk," she said.
"We must however continue to represent our constituents and if it means physically attending to keep legislation progressing, then that is what we will do.
"I just hope that we all remain COVID free."
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A government spokeswoman said they were awaiting health advice to ensure parliament is conducted in a COVID-safe way.
Member for Benambra Bill Tilley said he would not go to Melbourne if there was a risk he could bring the virus back to the border. He said Labor needs parliament to sit to pass their emergency power legislation.
Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said the chief health officer would advise if any additional members should be observed during the sitting.
She said the only time regional MPs didn't attend parliament in person was when there was different restrictions for metropolitan areas.
"Parliament is deemed an essential service and subject to the health advice will be operating," she said.
Member for Northern Victoria Tim Quilty made a tongue-in-cheek remark about the virus not infecting politicians when speaking about the sitting day on his Facebook page.
"The difference here being that the government needs to ram through the extension to their emergency powers before the end of March," he said. "And they can't do that without the parliament sitting."