Covid-19 Information and Updates - Updated 1 July

To reduce the number of face-to-face interactions with the community and protect our staff and their ability to carry out ongoing essential services, the Derwent Valley Council Offices will reopen to the public from 10am - 2pm from Monday 1 June for essential visits only.

Council operating hours are still 8.15am – 5pm (Mon - Fri) and Council services can be accessed over the phone, by email or via our website. We encourage all enquiries by phone or email where possible.

Information on the Tasmanian Government and Council's response to COVID-19.

This information includes support available to individuals, business and community organisations including grant funding and mental health support and where to access further information around the pandemic and Council services.

Please stay home, save lives. Practice social distancing and good hygiene practises.

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Message from Mayor Ben Shaw - Stage 2 Restrictions easing

5th June 2020
We’re now at Stage Two of COVID-19 restrictions easing which will commence as of 3pm today, Friday, 5 June,  just in time for the long weekend.

MESSAGE FROM MAYOR BEN SHAW

We’re now at Stage Two of COVID-19 restrictions easing which will commence as of 3pm today, Friday, 5 June,  just in time for the long weekend.

Some of the key items are:

  • Tasmanians can travel anywhere in the state and visit national parks. Visit www.parks.tas.gov.au to check park is open (some under maintenance)
  • Visitors to households increased to 10 people at any one time (indoor or outdoor), in addition to people that live there.
  • Gatherings increase to 20 people at a time for indoor and outdoor, cinemas, museums, galleries, theatres, performance venues, historic sites, religious gatherings and weddings.
  • Restaurants, cafes and pubs will increase to 40 patrons, including seated drinking. The restriction on the number of diners applies to the venue as a whole regardless of whether the venue has multiple separate dining rooms.
  • Accommodation is now unlimited.
  • Camping, overnight boating and shacks open with up to 20 people.
  • Park exercise equipment and playgrounds open for up to 20 people. Users are reminded to keep physical distancing of 1.5m in place and are encouraged to sanitise before and after using equipment.
  • Gyms and boot camps for up to 20 people.
  • Funerals up to 50 people.
  • Public halls and other Council spaces will be available for hire/use within Public Health Guidelines from 15 June. A COVID-19 safety plan or checklist must be completed as part of the booking process, and new protocols may apply.
  • Special Committees of Council can resume activities within Public Health guidelines from now. A COVID-19 safety plan or checklist must first be provided to Council
  • Visitor Information Centre and Historic Information Centre remain closed to the public until further notice.
  • Vulnerable people are encouraged to stay home and protect their health.

For a full list of the changes, see the Tasmanian Government’s Road to Recovery at  https://coronavirus.tas.gov.au/families-community/roadmap-to-recovery

We also have the drive-up mobile testing unit at Boyer Oval Saturday and Sunday from 10.30am – 3pm for anyone with symptoms, in at-risk jobs or have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

I hope everyone gets out and enjoys our beautiful valley over the long weekend but ask that people continue to observe the 1.5 metre physical distance and hand hygiene. We’re doing really well and these restrictions lifting early are due to that, let’s all keep it up.

Have a great, and safe long weekend.