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Coronavirus

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is working around the clock with health services, the Commonwealth and international agencies to respond to the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and to keep the Victorian community safe.

Council is closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak to ensure that we are best prepared to respond to any suspected or confirmed cases within our community.

What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that can cause an infection in people, including a severe respiratory illness.

The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.

What council programs/services/events have been affected?

Protecting the health and safety of our community is 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.

In keeping with this, we have made the decision to close some of our community venues and services:

- Library services: All Glenelg Libraries branches have closed.

- Aquatic services: All aquatic centres and outdoor swimming pools have closed.

- Visitor Information Centres: Visitor Information Centres are physically closed, however staff will still be able to assist with answering any calls or email enquiries.

- Arts Programs and Cinema: Any upcoming performances and cinema sessions have been postponed. The Portland Arts Centre will still remain open.

- Public playgrounds, reserves and barbecues: All public playgrounds, reserves and barbecues have been closed.

- Youth Programs: Until further notice the L2P Learner Driver Mentor program and the school holiday program have been cancelled.

Please download a list of current changes here.

What council programs/services/events haven't been affected?

Essential services will operate usual:

- Waste collection: Your bins will be collected as normal.

- Early learning programs: Kindergarten and long day care will operate as normal.

- Aged and disability: Social support sessions have been cancelled, however other services will still be provided with modifications as required.

- Customer service centres: Our customer service centres will remain open, however we ask that you please phone or email where possible rather than visiting our centres.

Please download a list of current changes here.

Community Fact Sheet

A Community Fact Sheet has been developed to provide relevant updates for Glenelg Shire residents.
This Factsheet is updated as the situation unfolds and was last updated on 13 March 2020.

Download a copy of the Factsheet here.

Ten ways to reduce your risk

  • Wash hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. Dry with paper towel or hand dryer.
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Cover 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. They will tell you what to do.
  • Continue healthy habits: exercise, drink water, get plenty of sleep, and now is the time to quit smoking. Call the Quitline 137 848.
  • Don't wear a face mask if you are well.
  • Buy an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with over 60 per cent alcohol.
  • Get the flu shot (available April).
  • Shaking hands is optional!

Community Newsletter

Click to view our latest community newsletter:

CURRENT: 27 March 2020

Further information

For further information and updates on the coronavirus please visit the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) dedicated website.

If you suspect you may have the novel coronavirus, please call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398.

The latest advice from Victoria's Chief Health Officer

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