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MEDIA STATEMENT - Joint statement from the Mayor and CEO 13 May 2020

13 May 2020

Protecting the health and safety of our community remains Council’s top priority. We are closely monitoring all health updates and are responding to important Federal and State Government directives to reduce social contact to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

We wish to advise residents that new exemptions have been announced by the State Government which will ease some of our current service closures, particularly for recreational activities.

These new arrangements will see community members able to gather outdoors with groups of up to ten people and welcome five visitors to their household.

The ability to leave the house for exercise has also been expanded to include outdoor recreational activities. As a result, we have reopened the boat ramp and fish cleaning facilities at the Local Port of Portland Bay.

Community members can also continue to exercise at public reserves across the Shire.

Until announcements or clarity from the State Government to further ease restrictions are made, all other council service closures will remain in effect.

We urge community members to continue to respond to the health advice that has been issued in the interest of public health and safety:
• Please practice social distancing and reduce the physical contact with others;
• ensure you clean your hands regularly and thoroughly;
• and stay at home if you are feeling sick.

Essential Council services, such as waste collection and home care, will continue.

Our Customer Services Centres will remain open, however we ask that you keep visits to these sites to a minimum and instead to contact us using our website or phone. If visiting a Customer Service Centre please adhere to the hygiene and distancing protocols.

A public information hotline has been established by the Department of Health and Human Services to answer any queries from the community, general or health related. This hotline can be reached by calling 1800 675 398.

Please also continue to visit the Department of Health and Human Services website for the latest advice and information about coronavirus from the lead authorities.

Please continue to take good care of yourselves and those around you during this difficult time.

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