COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

State Government COVID restrictions currently apply for regional Victoria.

From 11:59 pm, Thursday, 18 November 2021  COVID restrictions have eased in Victoria. 

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 and vaccine information. 

Updates will be made to this page as changes are made to our services.

COUNCIL SERVICES

Double vaccination will be required for patrons to enter some Horsham Rural City Council facilities including Horsham Aquatic Centre and Horsham Town Hall.

This is in keeping with the latest Victorian Public Health Order that takes effect Friday 29 October from 6pm.

Under new pandemic orders that came into effect at 11.59pm Thursday 6 January 2022 density limits of 1 person per 2 square metres will apply in the Gallery and Heritage Hall. These limits apply to indoor entertainment Venues with non-fixed seating.

In keeping with the double vaccinations requirements, the following Council’s facilities will only be open to fully vaccinated people:

  • Wimmera Business Centre
  • Mibus Centre Horsham Library
  • Horsham Regional Livestock Exchange (from 29th November, noting first vaccination needed to occur by 22 October)
  • Horsham Town Hall
  • Horsham Aquatic Centre
  • Council owned/managed community facilities that are used by community groups

The following Council facilities will be open to all residents:

  • The Civic Centre reception area
  • Kalkee Road Children’s and Community Hub (appointment only)

Council staff will place signage at the entry to any premises or event where proof of vaccination will be required.

Visitors to the Civic Centre reception area will not be requested for proof of vaccination.

Council will work with community and sports groups to clarify arrangements for Council-owned facilities such as halls and sports clubrooms.

LOCAL HELP

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.

VIRUS INFORMATION

For information regarding health questions please contact the DHHS Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398 or visit the DHHS Coronavirus website.

GETTING TESTED AND MANAGING AT HOME

Under new pandemic orders that come into effect at 11.59pm Thursday 6 January, people who test positive on a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) will be considered probable cases and be subject to the same requirements as confirmed cases from a PCR test – they must isolate immediately for seven days and notify their contacts.

It will be mandatory to report the result of a positive RAT to the Department of Health through an online form or by phone – ensuring people can access the care and information they need, including monitoring for worsening symptoms and financial support for isolation. The reporting system will go live on Friday 7 January. 

Until RATs are in increased supply, Victorians who have symptoms, or asymptomatic household contacts required to use RATs, can still get a PCR test if they can’t access any RATs.

If you test positive there are steps you must follow. To see what to do, visit: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/checklist
Vaccinated people with COVID-19 will most likely experience mild to moderate symptoms and will be able to manage them safely at home. To see how to isolate and manage symptoms at home safely, and what you should do if they worsen, visit: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/managing-covid-19-home