Covid-19 Information and Updates - Updated 29 May

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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Lifting of COVID-19 Restrictions Stage One

18th May 2020
Mayor Ben Shaw has this important update around the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, effective today.

Mayor Ben Shaw has this important update around the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, effective today.

“By working together, we have minimised the spread of coronavirus in our community. COVID-19 is now part of our lives, there is no vaccination yet. Keep practising our hand hygiene and physical distancing to keep yourself safe.

“Tasmania has developed a Roadmap to Recovery, which is plan for easing restrictions over coming months. These are gradually staged, with further restrictions lifting today, Monday 18 May.

“For this approach to work, we must all keep doing the right thing to reduce the risk of outbreaks and to protect lives. By following the health advice we will get out of this together.

For the Derwent Valley, the Stage 1 lifting of restrictions includes:

  • Parks, Playgrounds and Public Toilets open, with a maximum number of 10 people allowed at once and physical distancing in place.
  • BBQ areas and outdoor community sport to remain closed until Stage 2.
  • Restaurants and cafes in all settings (including restaurants in pubs, clubs, hotel and RSLs) to open and seat patrons of up to 10 people at a time. Seated table service only with one person for every four square metres.
  • Delivery and takeaway services can continue.
  • Council Offices and other Public Halls and spaces remain closed until further notice.

“Stages 2 and 3 are to come over the coming months, but will only happen, if we stay on track keeping our number of new cases low, and make sure we don’t get complacent.

“One way we can keep track of this virus is by downloading the COVIDsafe App which will alert you if you’ve come into contact with someone with the virus, allowing you to get tested.

“For more details around the restrictions lifting and information about the stages to come, see the single source of information, www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au

- Mayor Ben Shaw