Community Update

Latest Update: 27 March 2020

Stay at home

In sad news, Victoria has now recorded three deaths as a result of coronavirus. We still have time to ‘flatten the curve’ – if everyone complies with the rules under the State of Emergency.

Mayor Cr Sharon Ellis emphasised the Premier’s messages this week about staying at home. “To flatten the curve and slow this virus, we need as many people staying home as possible. It means no socialising and no parties. If you need to be out at work or buying essentials, you must maintain social distancing. Don’t get closer than 1.5m to others.” 

Police are patrolling public places and will ask people to disperse and go home if they are gathering in groups. Council will be installing signs at some public locations to remind people about social distancing. 

We are able to use our public parks and open spaces, provided we keep enough distance from others. Cr Ellis asks, “If you are out in our public spaces to take exercise, please remember to look after your personal hygiene. If you are walking your dog, clean up after them and take your rubbish with you. Be mindful about what you touch, and make sure your hands and your children’s hands are washed very thoroughly when you go back indoors.”

A full list of services and how they are affected is being maintained Whitehorse City Council events, services and facilities update page.

Council will to continue provide essential services to the Whitehorse community. We are delivering Meals on Wheels, waste collection and childhood immunisation. We are providing city hygiene, parks maintenance, footpath maintenance and a whole range of other services. 

As much as possible, our staff are now working from home and engaging with each other and our communities using online conferencing, phone calls and other collaborative tools. 

Council is playing its part in implementing the measures that will slow the spread of the virus. 

To stay in touch with Council during our response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak:

Whitehorse City Council Mayor and CEO talk about our response

Information is changing rapidly, this information was correct at time of production.

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