Murray River Council advise that the primary source for facts on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is NSW Health.
Visit www.health.nsw.gov.au for useful information on personal hygiene, symptoms, medical support, treatment and reported cases, as well as quarantine requirements.
Follow NSW Health on Facebook for regular health updates.
The Australian and NSW Governments are closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and have introduced recommendations and measures to manage the spread of the virus.
As such, the Australian Government has announced a number of restrictions on facilities and services.
To ensure you have the most up-to-date information regarding these restrictions, please refer to the Australian Government's COVID-19 updates.
Domestic travel and state border closures
Border closures are currently in place in WA, SA, ACT, Tas, NT & Qld. Only NSW and VIC remain open at this time.
In general, domestic travel within Australia remains operational but the Australian Government has advised against non-essential travel and travel to vulnerable communities;
- Self-isolation requirements generally do not apply to domestic travellers, with some exceptions. Government guidance on self-isolation is available here and specifically for guests staying in hotels here;
Airports and flights
- All Australian airports remain open however there are major disruptions to flight schedules as airlines ground their fleets in response to Australia’s travel restrictions;
- You should contact your travel agent, or airline and visit the Smartraveller website for the most up-to-date information;
Meetings and conferences
- Australia has in place temporary restrictions on large gatherings:
- Non-essential indoor gatherings of 100 people or more are not permitted. Health care settings, pharmacies, food shopping, schools, workplaces and public transport are not currently included in this restriction;
- Non-essential outdoor gatherings of over 500 people are also no longer permitted;
- Further advice and FAQs can be found here;
- Australia has a world class health care system and well-established measures and safeguards in place to deal with the threat of viruses including at our airports;
- In Australia, there have been a relatively small number of confirmed cases of coronavirus compared to some other countries;
- For the latest information on coronavirus cases in Australia, refer to the Department of Health's website;
- For further information on staying healthy, visit the Government’s coronavirus public health campaign;
What can you do?
- Practice social distancing. Where possible, maintain a distance of 1.5 metres between yourself and another person;
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, especially before eating, cooking, or feeding others to prevent the spread of germs;
- Sneeze into your elbow;
- Stay at home if sick;
- Check on your elderly relatives and friends. Call them and see how they are going. Be a considerate shopper and if you have bulk supplies of essential items, offer some to those in need;
What additional precautions should I take?
- Everyone should take steps to protect against infections. These measures include:
- If you have a confirmed case of the coronavirus you need to isolate yourself to prevent it spreading to others;
- More information on how to protect yourself and others is available here;
What symptoms should I watch out for?
- The coronavirus can cause a range of symptoms, ranging from mild illness to pneumonia. People with the coronavirus may experience:
- Flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and headaches;
- Difficulty breathing in some cases.
- If you are concerned you may have the coronavirus, use the symptom checker on healthdirect.
- If you become unwell and suspect you may have symptoms of the coronavirus, you should seek medical attention. To seek medical help from a doctor or hospital, call ahead of time to book an appointment;
- If you want to talk to someone about your symptoms first, call the Coronavirus Health Information Line for advice. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can reach it on 1800 020 080.
- You will be asked to take precautions when you attend for treatment. Follow the instructions you are given;
BusinessConnect is now offering free video and phone business advisory services to help you review the best way you can manage your business through this time. Visit BusinessConnect to find your local advisor.
Business NSW has created a business conditions survey to understand the impacts of coronavirus. They are offering a prize draw of gift cards to encourage people to complete the survey, which aims to provide an honest and comprehensive analysis of economic trends, opportunities and challenges for businesses in NSW.
Where can I get more information about the coronavirus?
- For the latest health and travel advice issued by the World Health Organization visit here;
- For the latest information about resources (including fact sheets) on the coronavirus in Australia visit the Department of Health website;
- The Australian Government’s Smartraveller website also provides advice to Australians who are considering returning from overseas;
- Detailed information about current border restrictions is available from the Australian Border Force website;
- NSW Government;
- SafeWork NSW;
- If you have questions about the coronavirus you can contact the NSW public health agency or the national virus hotline:
- Coronavirus Health Information Line: 1800 020 080
- New South Wales: 1300 066 055
- We will continue to update our website as information becomes available.