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Stage 3 COVID-19 restrictions return

Contact details for Mount Alexander Shire's COVID-19 Support Service.

Mount Alexander Shire Council is encouraging the community to look after each other, be kind and respect the rules as we return to Stage 3 ‘Stay at Home’ restrictions this week.

Wednesday 5 August 2020

Mount Alexander Shire Council is encouraging the community to look after each other, be kind and respect the rules as we return to Stage 3 ‘Stay at Home’ restrictions this week.

Premier Dan Andrews has declared a State of Disaster in response to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, with new restrictions in place across the state until Sunday 13 September.

Although the majority of Victorians were doing the right thing, this will give the Victoria Police additional powers to make sure people comply with the public health directions.

Regional Victoria moves to Stage 3 ‘Stay at Home’ restrictions from 11.59pm on Wednesday 5 August.

“Just like last time, we now have only four reasons to leave home under these current restrictions,” said Ms Gaynor Atkin, Pandemic Coordinator, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“If you need to shop for food and essential items, receive or provide care, exercise, and work or study if you can't do it from home.”

No visitors are allowed at your home, and you are only allowed to gather in public with one person from outside your household.

Schools will move to remote learning from Wednesday 5 August but will remain open for vulnerable children and for the children of permitted workers. Specialist schools, kinders and childcare will remain open.

Businesses restrictions also return to Stage 3. This means that cafes and restaurants will return to take away and deliveries, while beauty, personal services and entertainment venues will need to close.

“We know what Stage 3 looks like because we’ve been there before, but we know that doesn’t make it any easier,” said Ms Atkin.

“This time round may actually be harder for some members of our community. We know many people will struggle as we miss our family and friends again, some people will be lonely and isolated and we will see some businesses that need to close.

“The best thing we have is each other and we can do this. Mount Alexander Shire is a wonderfully, strong and resilient community and we can get through this by being kind to ourselves, helping and each other and drawing on the range of support networks and services available,” said Ms Atkin.

If you or anyone you know needs help contact Council’s dedicated COVID-19 support line on 1800 512 446 or email covid19@mountalexander.vic.gov.au

“We can provide local advice on the latest restrictions, where to get tested, what to do if you need to self-isolate, how to get access to food relief, financial assistance and mental health support,” said Ms Atkin.

Local residents, businesses and community groups can also find out more information about support available and frequently asked questions at Council’s virtual emergency relief centre at www.connectmountalexander.com.au .

You can also fill out an online form for help and see the latest statistics on the number of reported COVID-19 cases in the shire.

For the latest state-wide information, general information on coronavirus and statistics visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus or call the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.

While council staff are continuing to deliver as many services as possible, the organisation closed its customer service desk at the Civic Centre this week due to the changing restrictions.

Customers can still contact council by phone and email or general enquiries, or lodge a customer service request via the home page on the website 24 hours, seven days a week.

It is currently updating the website to reflect how the Stage 3 restrictions will affect its services over the next few days.
To stay up-to-date on changes to Council services visit www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.

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