Coronavirus (COVID-10) is a contagious viral infection that causes mild respiratory illness in most people. Presentation can range from no symptoms to severe illness with potentially life-threatening complications, particularly in people who are vulnerable to infections. Signs of infection include fever, coughing, sore throat, fatigue, and shortness of breath
The World Health Organization has announced COVID-19 as a global pandemic. We are actively monitoring and managing risk associated with the outbreak for our community, staff and our organisation.
On this page you will find updates from our organisation, useful resources and information on how you can help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Council has issued the following updates regarding our response to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Wednesday, 27 May 2020 - Business Support - https://bit.ly/2XxWNLN
Tuesday, 12 May 2020 - Kingston Open for Business - https://bit.ly/2LkaIiW
Thursday, 16 April 2020 - Business Support - https://bit.ly/3ao1yw1
Friday, 10 April 2020 - Open Letter to Council Residents
Wednesday 1 April 2020 - Business Support - https://bit.ly/2ysA0s3
Thursday 26 March 2020 - Media Release - Modified Service Delivery - https://bit.ly/2UiScg1
Thursday 26 March 2020 - Council Services Provision Update - https://bit.ly/2QGldjN
Tuesday 17 March 2020 - Business & General Community Update - https://bit.ly/2ISExpE
The implications of the current situation, and in particular social distancing, are greater for people who are already socially isolated. In response to this, we are now looking at introducing a program of phone contact for our elderly, vulnerable or isolated residents. We are doing this as part of a new initiative called “Kindness for Kingston” (K4K). Given the devastating start our community has had to 2020, it is time for us to come together and show kindness, compassion and understanding; K4K is hoping to achieve just that!
We know that there are many who want to offer your support to other members of the community but may not know how to. You are not alone; there is no template for the sudden and extreme change to our way of life; together we are writing the COVID-19 response rule book as we go! However, we want to connect our community members, as well as offering outreach to those who need it, to provide a positive response to these challenging times. We are a caring and resilient community and it is important we work together to overcome challenges and prioritise the needs of our community members who may need a little extra support during these times.
Community members can help by nominating a family member or friend who would benefit from a daily check-in, by either one of Council’s friendly staff, or by local volunteers who may wish to get involved. Whilst there are other not for profit organisations offering something similar, it is hoped that by connecting people within our already supportive community, the initiative will be more personal and develop lasting local relationships long after this crisis is over.
We have launched a new Facebook page, where you can post random acts of kindness, positive and kind messages, facilitate offers of assistance or give social support suggestions for those that need it. Follow it here - Kindness for Kingston Facebook Page
If you know of anyone who could do with support or a random act of kindness, whether that be a loved one, your neighbour or a member of our community, please contact the Council Office on 8767 2033.
Suggested ways to show kindness;
- Smile and/or wave
- Pull your neighbours bin in
- Make time for telephone calls to people you love
- Do a grocery shop for someone who can’t
- Drop off a home cooked meal
- Ask whoever serves you at the check-out how their day is going (working in a grocery store is not your ideal job right now)
- Let someone go past you in the grocery line
- Give someone a genuine compliment
- Give a home-made gift
- Schedule an on-line gathering with friends or family
- Thank someone you appreciate
- Shop local – our businesses need you now more than ever
Business Support Newsletter 3 - https://bit.ly/2XxWNLN
Business Support Newsletter 2 - https://bit.ly/3ao1yw1
If you did not receive the email and would like to be added to our database please send your email address to - email@example.com
RDA Business Support Page - https://www.rdalc.org.au/rdalc/coronavirus-information-and-support-for-business
If your business has been significantly impacted by the Coronavirus you will be able to access a wages subsidy to continue paying your employees. Under the JobKeeper program, you will be able to claim a fortnightly payment of $1,500 per eligible employee from 30 March 2020, for a maximum of six months. This assistance will help you keep staff and will help you restart when the crisis is over. For more information please click here.
Boosting cash flow for employers
The Government is providing up to $100,000 to eligible small and medium-sized businesses, and not for-profits (NFPs) that employ people, with a minimum payment of $20,000. These payments will help businesses and NFPs with their cash flow so they can keep operating, pay their rent, electricity and other bills and retain staff.
Small and medium sized businesses with an annual turnover of under $50 million and that employ staff are eligible for the Boosting Cash Flow for Employers Measure. This will provide up to $25,000 back to businesses with a minimum payment of $2,000. The payment will be delivered by the ATO as a credit in the activity statement system from 28 April 2020 upon businesses lodging eligible upcoming activity statements.
For more information visit the business fact sheet
Instant Asset Write-Off
The Australian Government has increased the Instant Asset Write-Off from $30,000 to $150,000 and is available for businesses with an aggregated annual turnover of less than $500 million. For more information please click here.
Backing Business Investment
A time limited 15 month investment incentive to support business investment and economic growth by accelerating depreciation deductions. This applies to eligible assets acquired from 12 March 2020 and first used or installed by 30 June 2021. Businesses with an aggregated turnover below $500 million are eligible. For more information please click here.
Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme
The Australian Government will provide a guarantee of 50% to Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) lenders for new unsecured loans to be used as working capital. SMEs with a turnover of up to $50 million will be eligible to receive these loans. For more information and eligibility criteria please click here.
If you have difficulties meeting your tax and super obligations due to Coronavirus you can contact the ATO emergency support info line on 1800 806 218 or visit www.ato.gov.au
Temporary relief for financially distressed businesses
To lessen the threat of actions that could unnecessarily push otherwise profitable and viable businesses into insolvency, the Australian Government is temporarily setting up a safety net. Information can be found via the following link - https://treasury.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-03/Fact_sheet-Providing_temporary_relief_for_financially_distressed_businesses.pdf
Coronavirus Information and support for businesses
Find financial assistance, eligibility and timing for new government support for Australian businesses in relation to COVID-19 via business.gov.au
The State Government have now updated the ‘South Australian Roadmap For Easing COVID-19 Restrictions’ bringing forward Step 2 to take effect from Monday 1st June 2020.
Of particular interest to our business community, Step 2 provides for easing restrictions of (including but not limited to);
- 20 people maximum per room or group – whilst still adhering to density and social distancing guidelines
- Hospitality (seated at a table) at restaurants, cafes, wineries, pubs, breweries and bars
- Beauty, nails, tattoo, massage (non-therapeutic)
- Gyms and indoor fitness (indoor classes limited to 10 participants max)
The FAQ Fact Sheet for Step 2 can be found here - https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/206844/FAQ-Step-2-FINAL.pdf
Step 2 also introduces the requirement of the ‘COVID-Safe Plan’. All businesses previously restricted are required to submit a COVID-Safe plan by Monday 1st June 2020. The FAQ provided by the State Government can be found here - https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/205739/COVID-Safe-Plan-FAQ-v-4-FINAL.pdf
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the local, state, national and world economy. The sectors of the Limestone Coast most impacted are the accommodation, food and retail sectors (source RDALC, id report). The Limestone Coast Local Government Association (LCLGA) Tourism Committee, via its Tourism Manager Biddie Shearing, has developed a recovery strategy which includes a range of practical actions to be delivered, some of which have already commenced.
To learn more of what is planned for recovery at a regional tourism level, please read the document below.
SA Health - sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVID2019
Australian Government Department of Health - health.gov.au
Coronavirus Health Information Line - 1800 020 080
Head to Health Support - https://headtohealth.gov.au/covid-19-support/covid-19
Anyone with concerns with people not self-isolating correctly to call:
- SAPOL 131 444 or
- Crime stoppers 1800 333 000
Further information on COVID symptoms and what is required for self-isolation
- SA Health Hotline 1800 253 787
Red Cross - Telecross REDi
The Telecross REDi service has been activated SA in response to COVID-19. Those South Australians who are most vulnerable, while self-isolating, such as elderly people and those living with health conditions or disabilities, can register for a daily call. Trained Red Cross volunteers will check on their wellbeing, and see whether any relief items are needed, such as food or medicine. People will also receive the latest updates and information on COVID-19.
You can register yourself or a loved one by phoning 1800 188 071 or register online at register.redcross.org.au
Council will be offering a free printing and laminating service for all local businesses and community groups to display information posters on COVID-19 and hygiene. A variety of materials are available below, please contact Council on 8767 2033 if you require any printing.