Coronavirus information (COVID-19)
Published on 13 March 2020
Important Information about Coronavirus
The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has information and guidance on the current outbreak of coronavirus. You can access this information and guidance at https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
The State Government has declared a State of Emergency in Victoria as from 12pm, March 16, 2020 for four weeks. https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/state-of-emergency-declared-in-victoria-over-covid-19/
What can I do to reduce the risk of getting coronavirus?
One of the best things you can do every day to stop the spread of viruses like coronavirus is to practice excellent hand hygiene, and cough and sneeze etiquette.
If you suspect you may have the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), please call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398. Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.
Information for parents of infants and young children
We understand that many parents are likely to be feeling anxious or concerned about their children’s health and
wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Parents should be reassured that the evidence so far is babies and
children under five almost never get seriously ill from COVID-19. The Department of Health and Human Services has produced a guide covering Victorian Maternal and Child Health Services. (PDF download)
Pyrenees Shire Council
Council is making changes to service delivery in response to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. This update is current as at March 25, 2020.
Council will continue to provide services, but not in the traditional manner we are used to. We are reducing face-to-face interactions with the public and each other to reduce the risk.
These are unprecedented times and the situation is changing daily. Council’s aim is to reduce the risk to staff while still providing core services.
Pyrenees Shire Council Customer Service Centre in Lawrence Street and Resource Centres in Beaufort, Avoca and Landsborough have closed to the public indefinitely (Wednesday, March 18 2020).
Council managed buildings have closed to bookings as of Wednesday, March 18 2020. Groups with bookings in place are asked to get in touch with Council, if we haven't been in touch already.
The Beaufort Council office, Avoca and Beaufort Resource Centres will remain open as places of work for employees. Employees who are in the offices or centres will practice social distancing.
Council Officers are working across various sites to provide these core services.
Businesses are encouraged to utilize resources available from the Victorian Small Business Commission: https://www.vsbc.vic.gov.au/news-publication/small-business-supports-in-response-to-covid-19/
Council has developed a service guide outlining the changes.
Federal Government Information
Health Alert - Coronavirus - Current status
Coronavirus information and support for business
One-off $750 Economic Support Payment details