Shire President COVID-19 Statement

Published: Tuesday, 31 March 2020 at 11:00:00 AM

Shire of Beverley COVID-19 Update by Shire President

The health and well-being of the Beverley Community is the focus of Council as the development of the COVID-19 continues to evolve. The Shire of Beverley is keeping up to date with the latest Department of Health information so that the services and advice provided to the community are up to date. This a rapidly changing situation.

The most current advice from the Department of Health and the Premier of WA is currently:

  • Effective midnight 31 March the State Government will be limiting both indoor and outdoor non-work gatherings to two persons only (exceptions include same households, funerals and weddings)
  • Travel restrictions within WA commence midnight 31 March (effectively 1 April). For more information: https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-the-premier-and-cabinet/covid-19-coronavirus-travel-and-transport-advice
  • Stay at home if you are unwell
  • Avoid gatherings in general
  • Practice social distancing, maintain distance between persons of 1.5m.
  • Practice good personal hygiene especially hand washing and sneeze/cough etiquette.
  • Minimising potential exposure to COVID-19 is important to protect those most vulnerable in our community.

As of 12.00am 16 March (AEST) all people returning from international travel must self-isolate for 14 days after the date of return to Australia. Self-isolation does not apply to other members of the household who have not travelled overseas.

If you are able, we ask that you contact the Shire by email or telephone to conduct business rather than direct, face to face contact. Drop-in requests for meetings will no longer be accepted, appointments must be made, and any meeting will be via phone unless absolutely necessary.

The Shire will continue to update the community as the COVID-19 issue unfolds and we will review our Incident Management & Business Continuity Response Plan to maintain business continuity. Through advice from the Department of Health and WALGA,  the Shire will continue to take direction on this constantly changing situation.

To find out the latest information about COVID-19 and Australian Government policy, we direct you to the following contacts:

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-resources

Coronavirus Health Information Line: 1800 020 080

Council urges everyone to “BE Very Community Minded” and “BE Very Healthy” and continue to support our local Beverley businesses whilst practising social distancing and good hygiene.

 

Cr Don Davis

Shire President

Tuesday 31 March 2020

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