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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Last updated: Friday 26 June 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.

Phase 4 restrictions come into effect across WA from Saturday 27 June.


From Saturday 27 June, WA is moving to phase 4 COVID-19 restrictions. These are are the main changes to be aware of: 

Port Hedland Leisure Click here to view the key changes for Port Hedland Leisure
Matt Dann Theatre & Cinema

Maximum capacity lifted to 150

Outdoor gatherings
  • Gathering limits only determined by WA's reduced 2sqm rule
  • All events permitted except for large scale, multi-stage festivals
Food businesses and pubs
  • Removal of seated service requirements at food businesses and licensed premises
  • Alcohol can be served as part of unseated service arrangements
  • Removal of requirement to maintain patron register at food businesses and licenses premises


From Saturday 6 June, WA is moving to phase 3 COVID-19 restrictions. These are are the main changes to be aware of: 

Port Hedland Leisure Click here to view the key changes for Port Hedland Leisure
Contact sports and training can resume
Matt Dann Theatre & Cinema
  • The first movie screening will be on Saturday 13 June
  • Please maintain at least 2 square metres per person in the foyer
  • Please leave at least 2 seats between groups in the cinema
  • Please sign in on the iPad before entering the cinema
  • Please make use of the hand sanitiser at the box office
Playgrounds and skate parks All playgrounds and skate parks are accessible with physical distancing observed at all times
Outdoor gatherings Up to 100 people are allowed for all outdoor gatherings, with the 2 square metres per person rule applicable at all times
Weddings and funerals Permitted up to 100 people, observing the 2 square metres per person rule applicable at all times
Food businesses and pubs Permitted to resume seating service with the 2 square metres per person rule applicable at all times
Beauty services (including nail, tanning and waxing)

Permitted to resume trading


From Monday 18 May, WA is starting to ease some COVID-19 restrictions. However, it is still important to exercise high standards of personal hygiene and maintain social distancing.  These are the main changes to be aware of:

South Hedland Library
  • Monday to Wednesday: 9am to 5pm
  • Thursday: 10am to 6pm
  • Friday: 9am to 5pm
  • Saturday: 10am to 1pm
  • Maximum of 20 patrons at any one time
New Port Hedland Library at the Boulevard
  • Opening to the public Wednesday 20 May 10am
  • Normal operating hours:
  • Monday to Wednesday: 10am to 5pm
  • Thursday: 10am to 6pm
  • Friday: 10am to 5pm
  • Maximum of 13 patrons at any one time
McGregor St RV Overflow Area
  • Stays will be extended from current maximum of 24 hours to maximum of 72 hours
Port Hedland Leisure

A strict five step process must be adhered to prior to the resumption of club activity. No club will be permitted to return to activity at a Town facility until the following steps have been completed. 

Step 1: complete and submit this online form

Step 2: complete and return the COVID-19 Safety Management Plan:

The State Government have mandated that a COVID-19 Safety Management Plan is required of all clubs returning to activity. 

Here is a form that must be completed and returned to prior to approval being given for the resumption of activity.  Safety Guidelines have also been attached with a checklist that should make preparing your plan easy.  Your sport governing body may also be able to provide code specific advice useful for preparing your plan.

You should consider questions such as:

  • How do we ensure the limit of 20 participants is not exceeded?
  • How do we prevent spectators attending training?
  • How will we prevent contact between participants?
  • How do we ensure a distance of 1.5 meters is observed at all times?
  • How do we minimise/eliminate the sharing of equipment?
  • How can equipment be regularly sanitised?
  • How do we ensure our club/change rooms are not accessed by participants?

Step 3: Arrange a facility meeting with a Town Recreation Officer

Clubs must meet with a Town representative at their facility within two weeks of the resumption of club activity.  The online Booking Reactivation Form gives you the opportunity to suggest a preferred time for a meeting.  The Bookings Officer will be in touch to arrange this meeting.

Step 4: Wait to receive formal approval from Town Recreation Officers

Do not arrange or advertise training sessions with club members until formal approval has been given by the Town of Port Hedland.  Permission to resume will not be granted unless Steps 1, 2 and 3 have already been completed.  Please allow for two business days to receive a response from the Town.

Step 5:  Display the Sport and Recreation COVID-19 Safety Plan Certificate at your facility

Included with the attached Safety Management Plan is a certificate that can be printed and displayed at your training facility.  Please note that there will be random facility inspections and it is a State Government requirement to have these certificates displayed.

Please refer to the State Government’s FAQs page for more helpful information for Sport and Recreation Clubs:

For further sports related questions, please email 

Outdoor Exercise Outdoor exercise is permitted to a maximum of 20 participants, with minimal shared equipment and a four square metre rule applicable.
Playgrounds All playgrounds remain off limits, including all equipment of any kind. Playgrounds will not reopen until phase 3. 
Please be advised Gratwick Aquatic Centre, Marquee Splash 'n' Play Park and the JD Hardie Youth Zone remain closed.


A hard border remains in place between WA, and the NT and SA. 

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.


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.


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


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


Services Australia


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

The Town has established the COVID-19 Assistance Grants to ease COVID-19 related economic hardship. The Community Group Assistance Fund is for eligible not-for-profit organisations, and the Support Local Business Fund is for eligible for-profit organisations. 

Applications can be submitted online now. 


Click here to access more information about the 'Stop Coronavirus in your Mob' campaign.