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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE

The Southern Highlands, like the rest of the world, is currently in the midst of an event unprecedented in our lifetimes.


COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is a respiratory illness ranging from a mild cough to pneumonia.  


Combating the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is a global issue and it’s having a real impact on our lives.


We are monitoring developments relating to Covid-19 and assessing any potential impact on services and events.


We urge all of our residents to take caution when in public spaces and follow advice and restrictions from state and federal departments.



Latest NSW Government Advice


Keep up to date with the latest information and advice on COVID-19 (coronavirus) for community and businesses in New South Wales including current restrictions and public health orders. 


Click here to view NSW Government ADVICE



The Australian government has launched an app to keep people updated about coronavirus. The app has up to date official information and advice, important health advice and a snapshot of the current official status within Australia.


Governments Coronavirus App


You can use the Australian Government Coronavirus app to:


  • stay up to date with the official information and advice
  • important health advice to help stop the spread and stay healthy
  • get a quick snapshot of the current official status within Australia
  • check your symptoms if you are concerned about yourself or someone else
  • find relevant contact information
  • access updated information from the Australian Government
  • receive push notifications of urgent information and updates

Coronavirus Australia app is available from the Apple App Store and on Google Play.



Service NSW COVID-19 Helpline


If you need advice or support not related to health due to COVID-19, including the latest updates on restrictions, cost of living assistance, financial support for businesses or rules around social distancing, Service NSW's COVID-19 hotline is open 24/7 on 13 77 88.


Service NSW 24/7 Hotline 137788


Latest News on Council Services


Like all major organisations around the world, Wingecarribee Shire Council is experiencing operational interruptions.


Staying informed of the latest developments is very important as disruptions will be inevitable. Keep up to date with the status of Council services


Latest News on Council Services



Latest Health Advice


Keep up to date with the latest health advice from the Australian Government Department of Health.


Click here to view current Department of Health Advice


National Coronavirus Helpline


Call this line if you are seeking information on Coronavirus (COVID-19). The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


National Coronavirus Helpline 1800 020 080


Mental Health Support


Head to Health is committed to providing Australians with trusted information and digital supports to help support everyone's mental health and wellbeing during this pandemic.


Head to Health



Latest Education Advice


Keep up to date with the latest guidance and advice from the NSW Government Department of Education. 

Click here to view current advice from NSW Department of Education


Council Event Updates


Council is updating the status of planned events in accordance to the Government's recommendations. See the current status of events.


WSC Event updates



Businesses Advice


Council is doing everything we can to support our local businesses. 


The Australian Government has announced the following facilities and activities will be restricted from midnight local time 25 March 2020:


  • Food courts to only serve via takeaway.
  • Auction houses, real estate auctions and open house inspections will no longer take place.
  • Outdoor and indoor markets (excluding food markets) will be addressed by NSW Government.
  • Beauty therapists and massage parlours will close.
  • Tanning, waxing and nail salons will close.
  • Tattoo parlours will close
  • Amusement parks and arcades will close.
  • Play centres will close.
  • Community and recreational centres, health clubs and fitness centres will close.
  • Yoga, barre and spin classes will close.
  • Saunas and wellness centres will close.
  • Boot camps and personal training will be limited to 10 people maximum.
  • Hairdressers/barbers will be allowed to remain open with four-square-metre distancing requirement.
  • Cinemas, nightclubs, casinos, gambling venues, adult entertainment venues, concert venues, stadiums all closed.
  • Galleries, museums, national institutions, historic sites, libraries, community centres all closed.
  • Non-essential facilities, community facilities such as halls, PCYCs and places of worship closed.


This is in addition to the following facilities which are restricted from opening from midday local time 23 March 2020:


  • Pubs, registered and licenced clubs (excluding bottle shops attached to these venues), hotels (excluding accommodation)
  • Gyms and indoor sporting venues
  • Cinemas, entertainment venues, casinos, and night clubs
  • Restaurants and cafes will be restricted to takeaway and/or home delivery


Stay up to date with latest advice and guidance from the NSW Government. 


Click here for latest NSW government advice



Financial Assistance


As a community we’re currently facing a challenging and difficult time. We understand that there’s a heightened level of anxiety for some, particularly about financial hardship.  We would like to assure all members of our community that we are working on a range of strategies that are aimed at assisting residents and business during this time.  These strategies will be shared with the community once they have been confirmed.   In the meantime, we have suspended debt recovery actions and will not be pursuing outstanding rates and charges until our community has recovered from the current pandemic.   If you would like to discuss your own circumstances with a staff member, please contact our Revenue team on 4868 0888.    This is a rapidly evolving situation for us all and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through this together.


The Australian Government has announced financial assistance for coronavirus affected businesses and job seekers. For further information on this assistance visit NSW Government Services Australia.


click here for NSW government services australia assistance


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Last Updated: March 30th, 2020
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