Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Alert

To keep updated about Coronavirus visit the Australian Government Department of Health website www.health.gov.au for the latest medical advice and official reports.

The Council Administration Office doors are open to the public with amended opening hours from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.  We encourage you to contact us via email or by phone.

For the latest updates on Council Services in response to COVID-19 click here.

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COVID-19 Business Information

Council sympathises with the community and the devastating effects COVID-19 is having on our local business community.  We are here to provide support within our capacity in this unprecedented and challenging time.  We will continue to up date this page to keep the information as current as we can.

COVID-19 Response

The South Australian Government from 21 August 2020 has announced COVID Marshals will be required across a number of industry sectors to ensure venue capacity, physical distancing and infection control requirements are met.

A number of COVID-19 measures have been put in place to make sure all activities and businesses are COVID-Safe:

Physical distancing, or social distancing principles still apply.  Every person should attempt to stay at least 1.5 metres from others.

All businesses that conduct a Defined public activity must follow density requirements and physical distancing principles.

As at 14 August 2020:

  • gatherings at private residences may not have more than 10 guests, to a maximum of 20 people per gathering.  For example, a house of 5 residents may have 10 guests but a house of 12 residents may have only 8 guests.
  • Gatherings at a private place, other than a private residence (indoor or outdoor) are now restricted to no more than 100 people.

As at 5 August 2020:

  • Food and beverages (including alcohol) are only consumed by patrons while seated at tables, away from any bar or ordering area.

For more information about current restrictions and the COVID-19 Response visit covid-19.sa.gov.au/recovery.

RDAWEP COVID-19 Survey's

The Regional Development Australia - Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula has released a couple of surveys to collate data on the impact COVID-19 is having on local businesses and for all residents who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19.

Impact of local businesses survey

Residents who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 survey

The key aim for this survey is to collate regional data on job losses in order to;

  • Assist other industries (such as health) to identify potential workforce
  • Inform government and stakeholders
  • Identify potential training opportunities to increase participation and engagement as we move to recovery
  • Identify demand and skills for potential job creation projects as we move to recovery

The RDAWEP have information to assist local business and organisations to navigate the range of stimulus and support packages at www.rdawep.org.au.

Business Capacity

To assist businesses with complying with the Federal Governments direction on social distancing, Council has produced a Business Capacity Sign for business owners to place on their doors and throughout the store.

The table below can assist you in calculating the total number of people including staff and customers allowed on your premises.

Based on 1 person per 2 square metres

spaceMAX peoplespaceMAX people
2m2114m27
4m2216m28
6m2318m29
8m2420m210
10m2522m211
12m2624m212

*Should the social distancing rules change you will need to adjust your calculations.

Based on 1 person per 4 square metres

spaceMAX peoplespaceMAX people
4m2128m27
8m2232m28
12m2336m29
16m2440m210
20m2544m211
24m2648m212

*Should the social distancing rules change you will need to adjust your calculations.

Food businesses

SA Health has a range of Food Business resources that contain frequently asked questions including clarification on the following topics and more:

If you need further assistance or clarification on what you need to do as a business, please contact Council's Senior Environmental Health Officer by:

Government Financial assistance

Information on financial assistance, eligibility and timing for the new government support for Australian businesses is available at:

For up to date information on the Australian Government's Economic Response to Coronavirus and factsheets visit:

To register for JobKeeper updates, and to find what support is available for individuals and businesses impacted by COVID-19 visit the Australian Taxation Office website:

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Updated page: 24 August 2020