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COVID 19 Update

1st September 2020
Chief Executive Officer, Deb Larwood provides an update on Covid 19

Council is working closely with the Local Government Association of SA, liaising with the Eyre and Far North Local Health Network and monitoring State and Federal Government websites in the interest of keeping informed in respect to the Coronavirus to ensure the best outcomes for our district. Our priority is in maintaining the health and wellbeing of staff, customers and all members of our community. We ask that you please be alert as to the symptoms of Coronavirus, including a fever and cough and self-isolate if required. If your experience these symptoms or you have been in contact with someone with a confirmed case of Covid-19 we recommend seeking medical help and  ringing ahead before presenting to the medical practice .

Council is applying social distancing and good hygiene practices and urges all members of the community to implement these measures in line with the Department of Health recommendations. As a result Council offers all those who need to pay rates, debtors or make other payments to do so via online means. If you require assistance with these payments please phone the Administration Office on 08 8627 2026 or email council@kimba.sa.gov.au.

Council would like to notify the public that the Council Office is open normal hours of 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday. When visiting the office, please adhere to the safe distancing requirements of 1.5 metres and good hygiene practices. Customers will be limited to 5 at a time.

Council is constantly assessing service delivery during the COVID-19 outbreak and advise the following measure have been taken: Both free camping areas are open as normal for stays up to 5 nights. The playgrounds are also open, however, we request that safe distancing and good hygiene practices be maintained and numbers in the playground be limited to 100 at any one time. The Council Chambers is available for public use, however, kitchen facilities are closed to the public. The drinking fountain remains out of use.

From 21 August 2020, you must have a COVID Marshal if your business or activity is or involves any of the following;

  • Hospitality
    Any business or activity providing food and/or beverages for on-site consumption to members of the public, including pubs, bars, restaurants, caf├ęs, wineries, cellar doors, dining areas, food courts, etc. This does not include take-away only operators.
  • Gyms and fitness centres
    Gyms and fitness centres/studios, pilates, yoga, spin, barre, dance and similar studios, health clubs, etc.
  • Indoor and outdoor sports clubs
    Football, cricket, netball, soccer, tennis clubs, racing (horse/greyhound) clubs (both indoor and outdoor areas).
  • Swimming pools available for public use
    Publicly owned pools and businesses that operate with a swimming pool the public can use, including associated facilities such as showers, changerooms etc.
  • Social and community clubs
    Community/RSL halls, youth and recreation centres, other facilities commonly used for meetings, gatherings and events open to members of the public.
  • Religious or faith-based ceremonies
    Includes both ceremonies and services held at places of worship, such as churches, mosques, synagogues or temples, and ceremonies or services held elsewhere. This does not include weddings or funerals.
  • Supermarkets and hardware stores
    Includes all retailers including small or independent stores that operate as supermarkets or hardware stores (these are more common in regional areas). However, for these smaller operations, this usually simply means that the floor manager/main staff member on duty would also act as COVID Marshal while at work. As such, this would likely not be onerous.
  • Distribution centres
    Includes distribution centres and their associated transport operations (e.g. arrival/departure areas, loading/unloading and other activities).
  • Businesses or activities that are required to have a COVID Management Plan.

If you fall into any of the above categories, you must have either a nominated or a dedicated COVID Marshal.

COVID MARSHAL TRAINING

COVID Marshal Training

If you are unsure if you are required to have a COVID Marshal or COVID Plan, please contact the Government of South Australia on 1800 253 787 or via their website: https://www.sa.gov.au/

We urge all community members to stay calm and to adhere to instructions and protocols provided by Government and authoritative bodies. Council will be constantly monitoring the situation and will endeavour to keep the public updated through the sharing of information as soon as it becomes available. Please monitor our Facebook page and share with those who may not have access to social media. Information can also be accessed through the following websites:

SA Health - www.sahealth.sa.gov.au
Department of Health - www.health.gov.au
World Health Organisation - www.who.int

We are currently experiencing challenging times and Council asks our community to look after each other and stay safe.

Deb Larwood
Chief Executive Officer