Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

This page has been established to provide relevant information regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) for the Murrumbidgee Council community. 

It will be regularly updated as relevant information comes to hand. 

For Messages from our Mayor, Cr Ruth McRae, click here.

What's happening in our Council area?

In line with Government COVID-19 restrictions, there has been a number of disruptions to Murrumbidgee Council facilities and services. 

These closures have been made closely following any advice provided by the Federal and State health authorities. These changes have been made to keep our staff and our community safe and to slow the spread of the virus across the nation. 

We apologise for this unavoidable, but necessary, inconvenience and will return to normal services when advised by the government that it is safe to do so.

 

 

Disruptions to Murrumbidgee Council services and facilities and Council events that have been cancelled

Services and facilities that are open during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Media releases that Council has issued.

Daily updates from Murrumbidgee Local Health District

Small business arrangements in Murrumbidgee LGA during COVID-19

Preventative measures

The Australian and State Governments have introduced strict social distancing rules and we all must adhere to them to avoid the spread of COVID-19 in our community. >> Read more.

It's also vitally important to maintain good hygiene practices:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub (for 20-30 seconds).
  • Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
  • Maintain social distancing - maintain at least 1.5 metres between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay at home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance.

Feeling unwell?

If you develop a fever, a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath within 14 days of travel to an affected area or contact with someone that has COVID-19, seek medical attention. 

Do not just turn up at your GP. Phone ahead for guidance or call Healthdirect 1800 022 222

Looking after our mental health and well-being

We are susceptible to many different infectious diseases, including coronavirus (COVID-19).

Worrying about diseases is a normal reaction. But, excessive worrying about infectious diseases can affect both our physical and our mental health.

Visit the Head to Health Australian Government website for practical psychological skills to help you and your loved ones cope with anxiety and worry about infectious diseases, links to agencies and other useful information.

Other resources:

List of Domestic Violence Counselling services: White Ribbon or telephone 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732).

 

Staying up-to-date with the latest information

The situation with COVID-19 has been very fluid, with constant updates and announcements.

You are best to obtain your advice about COVID-19 from the Federal and State departments of health. This information is current and reliable.

Health Updates

NSW Health: Website or call the 24/7 NSW COVID-19 Hotline on 13 77 88.  

Australian Government Department of Health: 

Website

Regular updates

National Coronavirus Health Information line on 1800 020 080.

World Health Organisation (WHO)

WHO has lots of information on their website. You can learn more about:

Information on new laws and rules - for example social distancing

Australian Government website 

 

NSW Government website

For travellers: Australian Government Smart Traveller

Website 

Links to social media

 

For small businesses

Murrumbidgee Council E-newsletter for small businesses

NSW Government website

Small business relief banking package 

Advice for small business from the Commissioner for Small Business