We are encouraging people to stay informed about health matters directly with Victoria's COVID-19 lead agency DHHS. This is where the most up to date information can be found including the current social restrictions.
The State Government has released a roadmap for re-opening and a roadmap for re-opening business and industry:
From 11:59pm 17 September 2020, restrictions have been eased across regional Victoria. This is in response to decreasing numbers of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. We are now at step 3 in Victoria's roadmap for reopening.
When you leave home you must wear a fitted face mask unless you have a lawful reason for not doing so.
If you are a business owner and require information, please refer to our HRCC Business Support page or the Business Victoria website.
Council facilities and services updates
- Horsham Aquatic Centre is closed
- The Civic Centre and its customer service desk is open. Call 5382 9777 for customer service
- Home Support Services are operating as normal
- The Horsham Regional Art Gallery is closed, while the doors are shut the gallery is presenting online exhibitions and other activities via their website: Horsham Regional Art Gallery
- Horsham Regional Livestock Exchange is a critical service to help ensure food security. To ensure that sales can continue, Council needs to limit the attendance by non-essential people at the site. Access during the sale will be restricted to agents, buyers, transport operators, Council and its staff. The general public will not be able to attend, even if they are sellers at the sale. We are conscious that many regular attendees are in an age bracket that is potentially more vulnerable to the virus, and are taking this measure as a means of ensuring continuity of the sales
- Horsham Town Hall is closed
- Horsham and Grampians Visitor Information Centre is closed.
- Kalkee Road Children's and Community HUB remains closed to the public and attendance is strictly by appointment only. Playgroup remains online only
- Horsham Library is closed with contactless click and collect available
- All maternal and child health appointments will be offered via phone or telehealth consultation. Newborns and small babies are seen for a short (15 minute) consultation for a weigh/measure/physical check.
- Meals on Wheels will continue to provide client meals
- The Operations Depot in Selkirk Drive continues to be fully operational. However the public is no longer permitted to enter.
- Seniors Citizens Centres and programs in Horsham and Natimuk are closed until further notice
- All Transfer Stations and the Dooen Landfill are operating as normal (the Tip Shop at the Kenny Road Transfer Station is closed)
- The Wimmera Business Centre is closed to the public. Staff and most tenants are working from home and the WBC be contacted on 0423579533
- Waste collection services to continue as scheduled
Exercise and sporting activity on municipal land
- Only outdoor exercise is permitted with up to 10 persons (infants under 12 months are not included in this number) you must be able to keep at least 1.5 metres distance between yourself and others
- Personal training is permitted outdoors only, up to 10 people, trainer not included in cap
- Community sport: Outdoor contact and non-contact sport for people 18 and under and outdoor non-contact sport for adults are permitted. (Non-contact means participants must be able to maintain distance of 1.5m.) Limited to minimum number of people to play and facilitate the activity (e.g. cricket may be played with two teams of eleven players and the necessary coaching personnel and umpires). Spectators only permissible for supervising of children or for necessary support to players with additional needs.
- Playgrounds and skate parks are open
- Public barbecues, drinking fountains and outdoor exercise equipment are closed
- Sports clubrooms and community halls are closed
- If you are doing exercise or a physical activity where you are out of breath or puffing, such as cycling or running, you do not need to wear a face covering. You must carry a face covering with you and wear it before and after you exercise.
- If you are doing exercise or a physical activity where you are not out of breath or puffing then you must wear a face covering. You must wear a face covering while walking, unless you have a lawful reason not to
If you are currently living in mandatory isolation and need help please call the dedicated Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.
Please Note: Mandatory isolation is defined by the DHHS Self-Assessment Tool.
If you are isolating yourself for any other reason, are vulnerable and lacking supports, local Wimmera agencies may be able to help.
Please telephone the Call for Help hotline, 1800 195 114.
For information regarding health questions please contact the DHHS Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398 or visit the DHHS Coronavirus website.