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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus in the Wimmera Southern Mallee

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What is the regional response to COVID-19?

In this section
  1. COVID-19 Changes to Council and Commuity Services
  2. COVID-19 Business Support
  3. COVID-19 Health Resources

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is an unprecedented event in recent history. 

The Victorian State Government declared a State of Disaster on 2 August to help combat COVID-19. This will give police additional powers to make sure people are complying with public health directions. Tough restrictions have been extended to the whole state. 

  • From 11:59pm on Sunday 2 August everyone in Victoria will need to wear a face covering when they leave home, unless they have a lawful exception.
  • Children under 12 years do not need to wear a face covering. Children aged two years or younger must not wear face coverings as they are a choking and suffocation risk.
  • There are lawful exceptions for not wearing a face covering including if you have an illness or condition that makes wearing a face covering unsuitable, if you are doing strenuous exercise or if you are unable to do your job while wearing a face covering.
  • People who do not wear face coverings and do not have a lawful excuse can be fined $200.
  • DHHS Advice - 'How to make a cloth facemask'

From 11:59pm on Wednesday, regional Victoria will return to Stage 3 “Stay at Home” restrictions for a period of 6 weeks.

That means there’ll again only be four reasons to be out:  shopping for food and essential items. Care and caregiving. Daily exercise. Work and study – if you can’t do it from home.

Otherwise, you need to stay home.

Businesses in regional Victoria will also return to Stage 3 restrictions.

That means restaurants and cafes can only offer delivery and takeaway. Beauty and personal services will need to close. Entertainment and cultural venues will need to close. Community sport will need to stop.

The Wimmera Development Association works closely with our local government partners to support our community during emergencies affecting the municipalities, and we are constantly monitoring and responding to this situation.

Our primary focus is to ensure that we have the best chance of avoiding the severe impacts of COVID-19 through working closely with regional healthcare providers, supporting businesses through the restrictions set by the State Government, and keeping the community informed about the latest Coronavirus updates and safety measures. 

Evidence from around the world has shown that pre-emptive measures are extremely effective in containing the spread of the disease. It is important to act now to reduce the risk of infection, reduce the spike of infections and protect our community as a whole, especially those who are more vulnerable. 

It's important to remember that this situation is changing daily.

The Wimmera Development Association will provide regular updates to keep our region informed.

Scroll down to the links below to see up to date information on service changes from council and community services as well as health information and business updates and support.

Key objectives of Wimmera Development Associations approach to the COVID-19 pandemic is to work with our local government partners to:
  • Contain the spread of COVID-19
  • Maintain a healthy workforce
  • Provide strong leadership across the municipality
  • Keep residents informed about what we are doing and why we are doing it
  • Support local health and emergency services
  • Deliver key messages in partnership with local agencies
Key messages for our community:
  • Remain calm
  • This is a significant risk to our entire community
  • We all have a responsibility to minimise the risk 
  • Social distancing and practising good hygiene is critical
If you are isolating yourself for any reason and are lacking the support you need, you can access local assistance by dialling the
'Call for Help Hotline' 1800 195 114