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
The Kingston District Council is committed to working with its community to prepare for a strong recovery following COVID-19. Having provided support and guidance to local businesses during the pandemic, continued community services as well as a non-stop roll out of our capital works program, Council has recently surveyed its business community to understand the impacts of COVID-19 on this sector.
The survey was relatively short and simple and was designed to help understand the challenges currently facing our business community.
The survey was sent twice via email (3 June & 24 June) to 79 businesses; 46 responses were received. It should be considered that a 58% response rate is excellent for any survey, particularly a local government survey during a global pandemic.
Results of the survey can be found via the following link - COVID-19 Business Survey - Recovery Starts Here
Business Support Newsletter 3 - https://bit.ly/2XxWNLN
Business Support Newsletter 2 - https://bit.ly/3ao1yw1
RDA Business Support Page - https://www.rdalc.org.au/rdalc/coronavirus-information-and-support-for-business
Business SA COVID-19 Information & Support - https://business.sa.gov.au/COVID-19-business-information-and-support
SA Small Business Commissioner - https://www.sasbc.sa.gov.au/
SA Landlord & Tennant Support - https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/business-and-work/support-for-businesses
Cross Border Travel - https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/emergency-declarations/cross-border-travel
SA COVID-Safe Plan - https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/recovery/create-a-covid-safe-plan
A number of restrictions will ease from Friday 28 August.
- Residential gatherings will be able to have up to 50 people.
- The 40km travel buffer zone for cross border communities in Victoria and South Australia will be reinstated (this will only occur if there is no community transmission in those areas between now and Friday 28 August).
- People transiting to SA through Sydney or Canberra airports from Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland or Tasmania will no longer be required to undertake 14 days self-isolation.
For more information please visit www.covid-19.sa.gov.au
All defined public activities are required to have a COVID-Safe Plan in place.
Most businesses who previously created a COVID-Safe Plan will not need to complete a revised COVID-Safe Plan for Step 3.
Room allowances will increase as part of Step 3, but with a limit of one person per 2 square metres. As such, businesses are now likely to be able to welcome more patrons.
When creating their original COVID-Safe Plan, businesses were required to list all rooms or spaces that would be open to patrons, as well as the area of those rooms. If these details will not change, no new plan will be needed – these businesses will automatically receive an updated plan via email.
Some high-risk public activities will require a COVID Management Plan.
Businesses that don't need a new plan
You will NOT have to complete a revised plan for Step 3, if you:
- have already completed a Step 2 plus COVID-safe plan for your business, and
- are not increasing the amount of space or number of rooms open to patrons for Step 3, and
- are not restarting any activities that are newly allowed under Step 3.
An updated plan will be sent to the email address on file with a revised total of patrons allowed based on the room sizes originally supplied as well as revised obligations and recommendations. You must print and make this updated plan available from 29 June.
Businesses that do need a new plan
You WILL need to complete a revised COVID-Safe Plan for Step 3 if you:
- plan to offer more rooms or spaces to patrons
- plan to extend or alter the floorspace of any existing rooms or spaces
plan to restart any activities that are newly allowed under Step 3
For example: pubs that are now re-opening their gaming room, or wellness centres that are now reopening their sauna facilities.
- are a business that is allowed to re-open for the first time as part of Step 3
For example: indoor play centres, spas and saunas, seated dining at food courts.
- are recreational transport provider. Recreational transport is now a defined public activity. If you provide recreational transport, such as tours buses, ferries, etc, you must now complete a COVID-Safe Plan.
From 21 August 2020, you must have a COVID Marshal if your business or activity involves any of the following:
- Gyms and fitness centres
- Public swimming pools
- Social and community clubs
- Religious or faith-based ceremonies
- Supermarkets and hardware stores
- Distribution centres
- Businesses/activities required to have a COVID Management Plan
COVID Marshal Training is available online at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/recovery/covid-marshals
COVID Marshals must have completed the training as prescribed by SA Health. Their business owner/operator or the person in charge of their activity must be able to prove that their COVID Marshal(s) have completed this training, so that they can show this to an authorised officer if requested.
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.