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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Last updated: Monday 30 March 2020

We understand that this is a stressful time for the Hedland community, with ongoing COVID-19 announcements and directives significantly impacting our daily life.

This web page will provide you with up to date information on how the virus is changing the way the Town engages with the community.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison directives issued Sunday 30 March 2020:

  • All indoor and outdoor gatherings are now limited to 2 people (exemptions to this include people of the same household unit going out together, funerals with a maximum of 10 people and weddings with a maximum of 5 people)
  • All Australians should stay home where possible (exemptions to this include shopping for necessities, accessing medical appointments or supplies, exercising outside by yourself and working or studying if you can not do so remotely)
  • Closure of all playgrounds and outdoor exercising venues
  • Self isolation for those 70 or older, 60 or older with pre-existing conditions or Indigenous Australians 50 or older with pre-existing conditions
  • Moratorium on evictions over the next 6 months

Click here to view the full list of venues which must close at 11:59pm 25 March 2020

What is the Town doing in response to the pandemic?

The Town is committed to working together with the community to identify ways of easing the social and economic fallout as a result of COVID-19. We understand this is a challenging time for residents, particularly for small business and sole traders.

We have followed the advice issued by the Prime Minister on Sunday 22 March to close facilities which encourage social interaction. Social distancing is the strongest prevention measure communities can practice to stop the spread of COVID-19.

We will be announcing a number of new measures to support the small business community in Hedland. Unfortunately, economists have predicted the economic hit from COVID-19 will be greater than the 2008/9 global financial crisis. As a local government, we are working to enact measures which soften the blow.

We continue to closely monitor the advice issued by the Department of Health, Premier Mark McGowan and Prime Minister Scott Morrison as the pandemic unfolds.

TOWN CLOSURES AND CANCELLATIONS AS A RESULT OF COVID-19

As per the Prime Minister's directives announced Sunday 22 March and Sunday 29 March, the Town has enacted a number of facility closures and cancellations:

Wanangkura Stadium
  • Gym closed, including 24/7 access
  • Social sports program suspended
  • Group fitness programs cancelled
  • Creche closed
South Hedland Aquatic Centre & Gratwick Aquatic Centre
  • Closed
JD Hardie Youth Zone
  • Closed
South Hedland Library and Port Hedland Library
  • Closed
Matt Dann Theatre & Cinema
  • Closed
Marquee Splash 'n' Play Park
  • Closed
Public playgrounds
  • Closed
Civic Centre
  • Open
South Hedland Landfill
  • Open

Please be advised that all facilities bookings at all indoor facilities, including Jim Caffey Hall, Colin Matheson Pavilion, JD Hardie Youth Zone and Wanangkura Stadium have been cancelled.

HOW IS WA RESPONDING TO COVID-19?

WA borders are now closed to all forms of transportation, as announced by Premier Mark McGowan.

Western Australia is working closely with the Commonwealth, State and Territory jurisdictional governments to respond to the outbreak of COVID-19.

The pandemic is managed in WA under the State Emergency Act 2005 (EM Act), and WALGA has been participating in State Emergency Coordination Group meetings as the Association is legislated under the EM Act to represent the sector.

Click here to access the State Government's COVID-19 webpage.

HOW CAN I PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19?

Stopping the spread of COVID-19 in Hedland starts with you. Please abide by the following measures:

  • Maintain social distance of four square metres at all times
  • Do not undertake non-essential intra-state travel
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Wash hands often
  • Stay home and self-isolate if you are symptomatic

Click here to access the Department of Health website.

SHOULD I SELF-ISOLATE?

You have probably heard the term 'self-isolate' used in conversation and in the media throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. However, what does it actually mean? Self-isolation means staying at home or in your hotel room for 14 days - this is to prevent the possible spread of the virus to other people.

You should self isolate if:

  • You have COVID-19
  • You have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19
  • You have arrived in Australia after midnight 15 March 2020

If you are in any of the above categories, this means you:

  • Do not leave your home or hotel unless it is an emergency
  • Do not go to public places such as work or shopping centres
  • Do not let visitors in - only people who usually live with you should be in your home

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION?

During this time, it is important to only follow trusted sources of information. The dissemination of incorrect information threatens the safety of the community.

Australian Government Department of Health

Coronavirus: COVID-19 Western Australian Government

HealthyWA

Services Australia

BORDER CONTROLS

The Federal and State Governments are enforcing strict border controls to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in communities across Australia.

  • Australian citizens and Australian permanent residents are banned from travelling overseas
  • All people entering Australia must self-isolate for 14 days
  • WA Intrastate travel restrictions come into effect from midnight, Tuesday 31 March
    • Western Australians will not be permitted to leave their regional boundary
    • Exemptions will apply for reasons including work, to attend medical appointments and compassionate grounds
    • Police have the power to enforce these restrictions with fines up to $50,000

i'm a sole trader, small or medium sized business - what support can i access?

The Town has launched the Buy Local, By Hedland initiative to provide promotional and communications support to business during the economic fallout of COVID-19. Click here for more information