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.
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 open for specific activities, by booking only. The Centre can be called on 5382 2576
- The Civic Centre and its customer service desks are open for essential business only with physical distancing measures in place
- Home Support Services are operating as normal
- The Horsham Regional Art Gallery has reopened Monday to Friday from 11am to 3pm with access from Wilson Street only.
- 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 to the public until further notice
- Horsham and Grampians Visitor Information Centre is open Thursdays and Fridays from 10am to 4pm.
- Kalkee Road Children's and Community HUB remains closed to the public and attendance is strictly by appointment only. As of June 9th, new parent group will resume in a face to face format. Eligible families will receive and invitation via SMS. Playgroup remains online only, but will resume face to face in Term 3.
- All maternal and child health appointments will be offered face to face at the Kalkee Road Hub. Parents may still opt for a phone or telehealth consultation and if so should discuss this with their nurse. Consultations are by appointment only and families should not present without a booked appointment. Families are encourages to bring one parent/carer and the child who the appointment is for only. Additional children or family members should not attend if possible.
- 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
Community sporting activity on municipal land
- Organised sport (clubs) must provide evidence of a COVID-19 management system before training and events can be held on municipal land. For further detailed and local information please see the Open Spaces & Recreation newsletter
- Organised competition is now allowed – for people older than 18 years of age it must be non-contact, people must keep 1.5 metres apart and there must be no more than 20 people in total and no more than 10 in a class or group
- For people under 18 years of age full contact training and competition may resume. There are no limits on the number of people per group activity or class if all participants are 18 or younger.
- Martial arts including judo, karate and taekwondo must be modified so participants maintain physical distancing
- Exercising inside is now permitted but you must maintain 1.5m between each other. No more than 20 people in total and no more than 10 in a class. There must be 4 square metres of clear floor space for each participant.
- Outdoor recreation spaces may be used for sport and exercise but only if: you can keep your distance (at least 1.5 metres apart) and they are not competitive (team vs team); and you can do them with a maximum of 20 people. This means that contact sports will not be able to occur for people aged 18 and over, including Australian Rules Football, other codes of football and soccer, unless modifications are made to ensure physical distancing.
- Recreation facilities including playgrounds, skate parks, water fountains are now open. Public barbecues, outdoor exercise equipment are now able to be used. Sports clubrooms and community halls can be open under certain circumstances, for further information please see the Open Spaces & Recreation newsletter
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 or send an email.
For information regarding health questions please contact the DHHS Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398 or visit the DHHS Coronavirus website.