Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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For information regarding how you can protect yourself and your family members from COVID-19, please visit the Better Health Channel website

Face masks

Please click here for information regarding where the wearing of face masks are required and recommended.

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.


Business and individual support

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

COVIDsafe workplaces

The following fact sheets may assist businesses in setting up COVIDsafe workplaces:

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 9333.

Resources and support

The Business Victoria website contains the information on business support and is update as new information becomes available. Information is also available by phoning the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15 for assistance. 

Assistance and resources available at this time include:

Support for individuals

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

Local Services and Support

For information on how to access essential services and support, please refer to this informative summary provided by Northern District Community Health by clicking here (click across to view the whole list of services and support).

Financial Support

  • The Money Smart website, which a dedicated section to financial steps you can take to look after yourself and your money at this time; and
  • The National Debt Hotline (1800 007 007) and website features a range of information relating to assistance available; and

Relief Support

Relief Support is support that is available for residents who are required to isolate at home as a result of COVID-19 and who do not have access to support networks to access food and other essential support. This includes people who have contracted COVID-19, close contacts, secondary contacts, those awaiting test results and otherwise isolating in line with a public health direction. Support available may include food, material aid, healthcare items, personal support, financial aid, and/or other practical support.

For relief support assistance can be accessed by phoning the Victorian government’s Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 or Council’s Community Recovery team on 5450 9333. Local neighbourhood houses are also able to assist.

Fur further information regarding relief support please visit the Victorian Coronavirus website at

Lifeline Central Vic & Mallee

Lifeline Central Vic & Mallee is a service dedicated to supporting our region in their darkest moments, to ensure they are not facing them alone. They provide connections and support to empower people who are struggling with their mental health, so they can help create a suicide-free Australia. 

People can access Lifeline online at or by calling 13 11 14. 


Food business trading guidelines

Council has developed a FAQ guide for food businesses. 


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 COVID-19

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 COVID-19

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(PDF, 209KB).  

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

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.

Where to get a COVID-19 vaccine

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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 2020, 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 the Gannawarra Community Resilience Action Plan 2021-2023(PDF, 173KB), 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 Better Health Channel website.

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

For International updates, please visit the World Health Organisation 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.