Managing the Risk of Coronavirus in our community
This page has been established to provide relevant information regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) for the Parkes Shire community.
It will be regularly updated as relevant information comes to hand.
Latest Directives from Government:
- Public gatherings limited to a maximum of 2 people (excluding household members)
- Stay Home - people should only leave the home for work, fitness, essential supplies or medical appointments
- Pubs, licensed clubs and hotels (excluding accommodation), places of worship, gyms, indoor sporting venues, cinemas, beauty salons, play centres and other public places must be closed. There are restrictions on attendance at weddings, funerals and outdoor fitness classes. Restaurants and cafes may only serve takeaway. Supermarkets and pharmacies remain open.
- Additional closures - public spaces including indoor sporting complexes, skateparks, playgrounds and campgrounds
- VIC schools closing from Tuesday, NSW schools remain open but parents encouraged to keep children home if they have adequate arrangements.
- $130B JobKeeper Package and $66B stimulus package announced targeting individuals and businesses – details here https://treasury.gov.au/
How to minimise the risk of spreading or contracting Coronavirus
The best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is the same way you would protect yourself from catching flu or other respiratory illness:
- Vigourously clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser.
- Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.
- Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
- Stay home if you are sick.
HEALTH DIRECT REGISTERED NURSE
If you suspect you or a family member has coronavirus you should call (not visit) your GP or ring the healthdirect helpline to speak with a registered nurse.
For general information you can phone the national Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.
Council Service Updates
Below is a list of the latest measures Council is implementing to manage the risk of COVID-19 in our community and to support residents and businesses during the crisis while preparing for recovery.