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 23 November 2020)

The whole state of Victoria is now on the Last Step of the Roadmap. This means

  • The number of visitors to a home has increased from two to 15 per day. That can be split across different times as long as people are sticking to a total of 15.
  • Outdoor gatherings in a public place has increased to 50.
  • Masks are no longer be mandatory if outdoors and a safe distance can be kept, but Victorians need to carry a mask at all times in case the situation changes. Masks still need to be worn when indoors and on public transport – and where distance cannot be kept.
  • Accommodation providers can cater to groups of one household plus up to 15 people, with density requirements in communal areas;
  • Contact and non-contact sports can begin for adults as well as kids – 150 people indoors with a group size of up to 20 and 500 outdoors with groups of up to 50.
  • For real estate inspections and auctions, 20 people are now allowed inside and 50 outdoors.
  • There are no longer any restrictions on visitors within hospitals;
  • Larger facilities such as the galleries, cinemas and museums can open for 25 per cent of their capacity;
  • Weddings and funerals, both indoors and outdoors, can be 150 people, with density requirements. Weddings at home will need to follow the normal home visitors rule of 15 people maximum;
  • Religious ceremonies can take place indoors with 150 people and outdoors with 300 people;
  • Gyms can have a maximum of 150 people in groups of 20, with one person per four square metres;
  • Indoor physical recreation and sport can commence with 150 people in 150 people, in groups of 20, one per four square metres;
  • Indoor pools can host 150 people and outdoor pools will now host 300 people;
  • Skate parks and indoor trampolining centres has increased to 150 people;
  • Drive in cinemas have no caps on patrons;
  • Universities and TAFE students can return to classes on site for some studies;
  • Large sporting venues can increase patronage to 25 per cent of their capacity.
  • Karaoke venues, arcades, escape rooms and bingo centres can accommodate 150 people at a time with density limits;
  • Casinos and gaming machine venues can have 150 people present but every second electronic gaming machine will be turned off, so as to keep a distance between patrons
  • Strip clubs can now operate with up to 150 people for seated service only and group limits of 20 with social distancing requirements; and
  • 50 people can now attend brothels.

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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