HELPING HEPBURN

The global impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is being felt across the community, business, health organisations and government.

Council plays a key role in supporting our community during emergencies affecting the Shire, and this COVID-19 pandemic is no different.  Our focus for the foreseeable future is to ensure that we have the best chance of avoiding the severe impacts of COVID-19 and that we continue to support the community by providing essential services.

This page has information to help you navigate through these challenging times.

If you need to talk to someone, you can call the COVID Hotline on 1800 675 398 (press option 3) 24/7. They can connect you with local support services in our area.

You can also all our Community Connector on 5321 6457, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

GETTING TESTED

If you need be be tested for COVID-19, contact Daylesford Hospital Respiratory Clinic
Address: 13 Hospital Street Daylesford
Phone: 5321 6654.

If you are not in the Shire, call the COVID Hotline on 1800 675 398 or check online at www.dhhs.vic.gov.au 

LATEST VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT ADVICE (as at Monday 7 December 2020)

Victoria has moved to COVIDSafe Summer. This means

  • Victorians can host up to 30 people in their home per day. Outdoor gatherings in public places can have up to 100.
  • Everyone should carry a mask at all times, and they are mandatory on public transport, in rideshare vehicles and taxis, and in retail settings including indoor shopping centres, supermarkets, department stores and indoor markets.
  • The cap for funerals and weddings has been removed, subject to a new density limit of 1 person per 2sq metres. Where the ceremony is held in your own home, the limit of 30 people applies.
  • The same new density limits now apply for community facilities, including libraries, RSLs, and community halls.
  • In gyms, the density limit is now 1 per 4sq metres – with exercise classes limited to 50 indoors and 100 outdoors.
  • There can be up to 50 people on a dancefloor, with a density of 1 person per 4sq metres.
  • Density limits in our pubs, restaurants and cafes is now 1 person per 2sq metres for both indoors and outdoors – with no other cap.
  • In hospitality, the use of electronic record keeping – a QR code – is mandatory.
  • For small operations, there are no density limits if the patron number is under 25.
  • For retail and beauty services, businesses can have 1 person per 2sq metres – if they have electronic record keeping. For businesses where that is not possible, the existing density limits will continue to apply.
  • In the private sector, a 50 per cent return for office workers to their place of work can occur.
  • For the Victorian public service, up to 25 per cent can return to the office, moving up to 50 per cent on 8 February 2021.

More details about what you can and can’t do in regional Victoria can be found at www.vic.gov.au/roadmap

TIPS FOR TRAVEL

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) have prepared a factsheet about how to travel safe in Victoria: COVIDSafe travel in Victoria Factsheet-Nov2020

Home Safety Plan

The Department of Health and Human Services has developed a Home Safety Plan which tells you what you need to know to help you, your family and friends stay safe and well. The Plan has advice, checklists and important resources for your household.

You can download the plan at www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/updates/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-covid-19-home-safety-plan

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