Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Current restrictions

The Victorian Government has developed a roadmap outlining the easing of restrictions. Steps will be achieved when "trigger points" - a point for review by the Victorian public health team to consider any potential changes to the restrictions, based on case numbers, testing numbers and other factors - are met.

As outlined in the roadmap, the following restrictions are in place within the Gannawarra Shire:

  • There are no restrictions on leaving home.
  • Public gatherings: Up to 10 people outdoors.
  • Visitors allowed at home from 1 other household (up to 5 people).

To view the regional Victoria roadmap, please click here.

For more information on COVID-19, please visit the Victorian Government's Coronavirus website

Events and services impacted by Coronavirus

The following events and services have been cancelled, postponed or impacted due to Coronavirus:

Council-supported or organised events/services

Community events and facilities

Business and individual support

Please see below information regarding support measures in place for businesses at this time:

Business support

Gannawarra Shire Council understands the tough circumstances our local businesses find themselves in at this time.

We would like to offer our support and assistance to navigate through the various support packages and government assistance that is currently on offer.

If you would like any assistance or would just like to talk through your current circumstances do not hesitate to contact our Business Liaison Officer, Scott Wishart on (03) 5450 9328. 


The Victorian Government has developed a fact sheet(PDF, 144KB) outlining assistance available to businesses at this time. 

The Business Victoria website and hotline (13 22 15) contains the most up to date information on business support and is updated as new information becomes available.  

The table below contains links to the current available government assistance packages.




Business Support Fund


Cash flow assistance for businesses


Regulatory protection and financial support for businesses to stay in business


Delivering support for business investment


Support for workers and households

Federal Instant asset write-off increase


Assistance for severely affected regions and sectors


Apprentice wage subsidy(see page 5 for details)


Job Keeper Payment

Federal Job Keeper Payment – Sole Traders/self employed
State Regional Tourism Support Program

















Useful links

  • The Australian Taxation Office website has information on programs, including superannuation, cash flow assistance and instant asset write-off.
  • The Victorian Small Business Commission website has information on mediation services, including dealing with landlords.
  • The Fair Work Ombudsman website has information on staff entitlements.
  • MYOB has developed a fact sheet outlining what support is available for the self-employed and sole traders.
  • The Business Depot website has information on stimulus and support information.
  • The Safe Work Australia website has tips regarding how to keep your workplace safe at this time.
  • The Victorian Small Business Commission has created an online guide to assist businesses to develop a mental health plan.  

For regular updates as they occur remember to download the Australian Governments Coronavirus app. This app is the most up to date information available and has an Advice section containing specific information for businesses and employees. 

Online learning opportunities

  • The Victorian Government’s Upskill My Business Platform - developed in partnership with Deakin University, RMIT, VCCI and Fair Work Australia - provides free access to online programs, short courses and online events on topics including business innovation, cultural diversity and export preparation.
  • The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is offering a free 12-month membership which provides access to their extensive online learning portal. More details can be found online

Financial support for individuals

There are many resources available for individuals seeking financial support at this time. These resources include:

  • The Services Australia website, which details financial and support services available;
  • The Money Smart website, which features a dedicated section to financial steps you can take to look after yourself and your money at this time;
  • The National Debt Hotline (1800 007 007) and website features a range of information relating to assistance available; and
  • The No Interest Loan Scheme, which provide individuals and families on low incomes with access to safe, fair and affordable credit.

Food business trading guidelines

Council has developed a FAQ guide for food businesses. 

Face masks

From 11.59pm on Sunday, 2 August 2020, it will be mandatory for people in Victoria to wear a face mask or face covering when leaving their place of residence. 

Lawful exemptions include if you have a medical condition or other condition that impairs your ability to wear a face covering, 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.

For more information, please click here.

Disposing of face coverings and personal protective equipment (PPE) for social distancing (general public)

If you need to throw away used face coverings or PPE, such as gloves:

  • Dispose of them in your regular waste bin at home or at work, or a litter bin if you’re outside
  • Do not put them in a recycling bin as they cannot be recycled through conventional recycling facilities

You do not need to:

  • Put them in an extra bag
  • Store them for a time before throwing them away

Disposing of face coverings and personal protective equipment (PPE) If you’re self isolating

If you or a member of your household is self-isolating at home, follow the stay at home guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services.

To dispose of any face coverings or PPE you or members of your household use when self- isolating, you should:

  • Double bag them
  • Store them for 72 hours before putting them in a regular waste bin

Do not put them in a recycling bin.

Remove PPE carefully, and avoid touching the inside of your face covering.

After you remove your PPE or face covering, wash your hands or use hand sanitiser.

Disposal or cleaning of re-usable masks and PPE

Remove PPE carefully, and avoid touching the inside of your face covering.

After you remove your PPE or face covering, wash your hands or use hand sanitiser.

Reusable, washable cloths, PPE and covers should be washed in a regular cycle wash using the warmest possible setting with normal washing detergent. Avoid shaking out the items before placing in the washing machine.

Reusable, non-washable PPE such as eye protection, should be wiped clean with a detergent solution first, then wiped over with a disinfectant, and left to air dry. Smearing or residues might result, and this can be cleaned off by using more detergent solution and rinsing clean only after the disinfectant has dried.


New South Wales/Victoria border closure

Gannawarra Shire residents who hold a valid New South Wales Border Region Resident Permit may enter the "border buffer" of New South Wales at this time. To apply for a Border Region Resident Permit, please visit the Service New South Wales website.

Motorists are advised that the Gonn Crossing (Murrabit) Bridge is currently open from 7am to 10pm daily for local residents and freight. The nearest Murray River crossings that are open outside these times are located at Koondrook/Barham and Swan Hill. Details regarding border closures can be found on this fact sheet(PDF, 1MB).  


Coronavirus (COVID-19) information


Many people who contract COVID–19 will suffer only mild symptoms. However early indications are that the elderly and people with pre-existing medical conditions are more at risk of experiencing severe symptoms. 

The most common coronavirus symptoms reported include:

  • Fever
  • Breathing difficulties such as breathlessness
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue or tiredness

Who is most at risk of coronavirus?

If you have travelled overseas or have had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 you are are at highest risk of infection.

Many people will suffer only mild symptoms, however, early indications are that the elderly and people with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart and lung disease are more at risk of experiencing severe symptoms.

How to reduce the risk of Coronavirus?

Residents can reduce the risk of Coronavirus by using good hygiene measures. This includes:

  • Washing hands often with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds;
  • Trying not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth;
  • Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow;
  • Isolate yourself at home if you feel sick. If you take medication, ensure you have adequate supplies;
  • Phone your GP first if you need medical attention;
  • Continue healthy habits, such as exercising, drinking water and getting plenty of sleep;
  • Buying and using alcohol-based hand sanitiser with over 60 per cent alcohol; and
  • Getting the flu shot.

Screening clinics

Northern District Community Health is coordinating a COVID-19 Screening and Assessment Clinic. Details are available by clicking here.

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website also has information regarding COVID-19 Screening and Assessment Clinics throughout the State.

If you are uncertain whether you need to be tested, please visit the Victorian Department of Health and Human Service's COVID-19 self assessment web page

If you live in a remote or regional part of Victoria and cannot leave home to attend a testing site, you should contact your GP, community health service or local hospital for assistance and to discuss options available to you.

COVIDsafe app

COVIDSafe was developed by the Australian Government to help keep the community safe from coronavirus (COVID-19).  

COVIDSafe uses Bluetooth® technology on your mobile phone to look for other devices with COVIDSafe installed. Your device will take note of contact you’ve had with other users by securely logging their reference code. If you or someone you’ve been in contact with is diagnosed with coronavirus, the close contact information securely stored in your phone can be uploaded and used — with your consent — by state or territory health officials to quickly trace people who’ve been exposed to the virus.

To download the app, please visit the Australian Government's Department of Health website.

Recovery efforts

Council is working in partnership to lead the community’s recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since the Victorian Government declared a State of Emergency in mid-March, Council has implemented a range of measures. These measures are outlined in the Gannawarra Relief and Recovery fact sheet(PDF, 2MB).

Council’s Community Resilience Committee, consisting of 28 agencies, has developed a COVID-19 Community Relief and Recovery Plan(PDF, 1MB), which will guide the community’s recovery – both socially and economically.

Where can I find out more information?

General information

For Victorian updates, please visit the Department of Health and Human Services or Better Health Channel websites.

For Australian updates, please visit the Federal Department of Health website.

For International updates, please visit the World Health Organisation website.

Northern District Community Health has developed a fact sheet(PDF, 302KB) identifying local support services within the Gannawarra and northern Loddon areas.

Resilient Youth Australia has developed a fact sheet - Supporting our Children and Adolescents during home-based isolation(PDF, 140KB) - that can assist at this time.

Headspace has developed a fact sheet - Balancing online schooling and working from home(PDF, 2MB) - that can assist students currently learning from home.

The MyWarra website has a range of resources for young people about Coronavirus.

Australian Red Cross has developed COVID Connect, a free service to provide support and community connection to people who are feeling socially isolated as a result of COVID-19.

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website has resources regarding mental health during the Coronavirus pandemic. Further information is also available on the Mental Health Foundation of Australia website.

If you or someone you know needs extra support during this period, please make contact with the relevant services below:

Beyond Blue - 1300 22 4636

Life Line - 13 11 14

Headspace (12-25 years) - 1800 650 890

Kid Help Line - 1800 55 1800

Men’s Helpline - 1300 78 99 78

1800RESPECT - 1800 737 732 (Family violence information is also available on the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website.

Other contact details are listed on the Wellbeing Matters in the Gannawarra poster(PDF, 591KB).


Council resources

Council has developed videos that answer some of the community's questions at this time:

Social distancing - What does this mean?

Contacting Council

Practising good hygiene

Accessing library resources online


Social isolation tips

Ways to support our community

Keeping connected

Resources available

Supporting the community, now and in the future