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Welcome to the Shire of MERREDIN

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

This page was last updated on March 25, 2022 at 1.30pm

The Shire of Merredin will continue to be guided by the Federal Government and Department of Health WA (DoH) in relation to appropriate responses relating to the COVID-19/ Coronavirus issue.

In line with advice from the State Department of Communities, the Shire will be acting as a conduit for information and assist where appropriate.

The Shire will take all appropriate action in assessment of public safety in line with its normal planning process.

Business Information for Residents

Business Resources

Essential Numbers

WA Government

COVID-19 Testing Clinics

COVID-Ready Kit

Where to get Tested in the Wheatbelt

Register your Arrival into WA


NEW INFORMATION

Friday, 25 March 2022

The following modified Level 1 measures will take effect from March 31:

  • masks required indoors for adults and children in Year 3 and above, other than the home;
  • proof of vaccination to continue applying to higher-risk venues;
  • contact registration requirements to only be required for higher-risk venues that require proof of vaccination, removing the need for contact registration at retail outlets and other lower-risk sites where only casual interaction is likely to occur;
  • indoor home gatherings limited to a total of 30 people, including household members;
  • private outdoor gatherings limited to a total of 200 people, subject to the two square metre rule if at a private residence;
  • two square metre rule for hospitality venues, nightclubs, convention centres or function centres, with a cap of 500 patrons (for two weeks only);
  • two square metre rule for fitness venues, entertainment venues, galleries and museums, places of worship, hairdressers and beauty services;
  • 75 per cent capacity for seated entertainment venues (forward facing), such as theatres and cinemas;
  • 75 per cent capacity for major stadia, such as Optus Stadium, RAC Arena, HBF Stadium (main area) and HBF Park;
  • two square metre rule for Perth Crown Complex including the gaming floor; and
  • COVID Event Checklists required for events with more than 500 patrons and less than 1,000 patrons and COVID Event Plans required for large events with 1,000 patrons and above. The two square metre rule applies.

The limit of two visitors will remain per resident per day to residential aged care and disability care facilities. There will also be no change to essential visitors allowed to hospitals (e.g. for compassionate reasons such as end of life, accompanying a child or patient with complex needs, birthing partner, carer of a person with a disability, chronic illness and frailty).

Critical worker, school and childcare settings also remain unchanged.

Proof of vaccination will remain in place for a range of higher-risk venues, with a list of which venues available at www.wa.gov.au. Patrons will also be required to check-in using the SafeWA or ServiceWA app or a hardcopy contact register at these venues.

Monday, 28 February 2022

Based on the latest health advice, upgraded public health and social measures will be introduced State-wide from 12.01am Thursday, March 3.
As a result of Western Australia's world-leading vaccination rate, the reviewed Level 2 measures include:
  • children in Years 3-6 added to mask wearing requirements in all public indoor settings, usual exemptions apply;
  • home gatherings limited to a total of 10 people indoors and outdoors, except weddings and funerals;
  • private outdoor gatherings in a public space limited to 50 people;
  • two square metre rule and 150 person capacity limit indoors or outdoors for weddings and funerals, and for places of worship - no more than 10 people inside if held at a private residence;
  • two square metre rule and 150 patron capacity limit for fitness venues, hospitality, entertainment venues, nightclubs, and galleries and museums, with seated service only;
  • two square metre rule for hairdressers, tattoo parlours and beauty services;
  • two square metre rule and 500 person capacity limit for outdoor public venues and events, with mask wearing;
  • two square metre rule for public venues such as swimming pools and recreation centres;
  • 50 per cent capacity limit for entertainment venues with forward facing seating such as theatres and cinemas, and for major stadia, including Optus Stadium, RAC Arena, HBF Stadium (main area) and HBF Park - including mask wearing;
  • limit of two visitors per resident per day to aged care and disability care facilities;
  • no visitors to hospitals except for spouses, parents or carers, birth partners or for compassionate reasons;
  • two square metre rule and 150 person capacity limit indoors or outdoors for higher education facilities including pathway colleges and English language schools;
  • indoor community sports as per venue requirement, with no spectators, except for parents or guardians. Outdoor community sports permitted with no spectators, except for parents or guardians; and
  • four square metre rule and seated service only for the Crown Casino gaming floor.

Read the Media Statement

Monday, 28 February 2022

In an Australian first, the McGowan Government will provide an initial 5.3 million free Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) to more than one million households across the State.

Under the program, each Western Australian household is eligible for five individual tests. Households are able to register online at https://www.wa.gov.au from today and have the tests delivered to their home address.

People who cannot register online can contact 13 COVID (13 26843) for assistance in placing their order. To register, people are required to provide their name, contact number, email and home address.

Register for RATs


SERVICEWA APP

The ServiceWA app is a mobile application provided by the WA Government to help connect with WA State Government services. Initially the ServiceWA app aims to assist the community during the COVID-19 transition, and aims to expand to include other services into the future. It is designed for Australian residents or citizens who live in WA or are regularly visiting WA.

The ServiceWA app allows you to activate and access the following WA Government services in one place:

  • SafeWA –for individuals checking in at WA businesses, venues and events.
  • Import COVID-19 digital certificate – for secure presentation of your proof of vaccination or exemption on demand.
  • G2G Pass – to access your travel passes when you travel into WA.

Privacy and security are our priority. The ServiceWA app uses Digital Identity for an individual’s verification, meaning only you can access the app and its services.  You will need to set up your Digital Identity before you can use the ServiceWA app.

The ServiceWA app is available to download on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

You must be at least 16 years old to use the ServiceWA app.

Click here for more information


FREE PULSE OXIMETERS FOR SHIRE RESIDENTS

The Department of Health have sent out a limited number of pulse oximeters to Local Governments to give out to members of our community if they meet a certain criteria. That criteria is:

Non-Aboriginal and over 65 years of age?

Aboriginal and over 50 years of age?

Pregnant?

If residents in our community answered yes to any of the above, they are eligible to collect a free pulse oximeter from the Shire Administration Building. 

The Shire have now received the first batch, and members of the public may collect from the Administration Office from today onwards.
Please note, there is a limit of one per household. Please bring proof of address when collecting.

OUR FACILITIES

Administration

The Shire Administration building will be open from Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 4.30pm.

Please use the QR code or contact registry to sign in when attending the venue. 

You can contact Shire staff via any of the following:
📞 (08) 9041 1611 
🌐 admin@merredin.wa.gov.au
✉️ Facebook Page

Central Wheatbelt Visitors Centre

Opening hours for the CWVC will be Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 4.30pm.

All visitors are kindly asked to sanitise their hands upon entry into the building.

Please use the QR code or contact registry to sign in when attending the venue. 

You can contact Visitor Centre Staff via any of the following;
📞 (08) 9041 1666 
🌐 visitor@merredin.wa.gov.au
✉️ Facebook Page

Cummins Theatre

PROOF OF COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIRED TO ATTEND
Based on the latest health advice from the WA State Government, from January 31 2022 onward, proof of COVID-19 vaccination requirements for people aged 16 years and over will apply to the Cummins Theatre. Please have your proof of vaccination certificate ready to show when requested by venue staff.  

Please use the QR code or contact registry to sign in when attending the venue. 

You can contact Theatre Staff via any of the following;
📞 (08) 9041 3295
🌐 cumminstheatre@merredin.wa.gov.au
✉️ Facebook Page

Merredin Library

The Merredin Library is open to the public. Physical distancing measures and hand sanitising stations are still in place.

Please use the QR code or contact registry to sign in when attending the venue. 

The Call and Collect service is still available, simply contact the Library to place your book order.

📞 (08) 9041 1222
🌐 library@merredin.wa.gov.au


SHIRE COVID-19 INITIATIVES

FAVOUR FOR YOUR NEIGHBOUR

The COVID-19 epidemic has brought about a lot of change for everybody. It is important during these times that we stay connected and take the time to check in with our fellow community members to make sure that they are okay.

Here are some ways that you can check in with your friends and neighbours (while still practising safe social distancing!):

💌 Put a letter in your neighbours’ letter box
⚠️ Give your neighbour your contact details in case of an emergency
📞 Make regular phone or video calls to people you know and ask if they are okay
📱 Arrange virtual ‘playdates’ for your children, or yourself

If you know your neighbour will require extra help during this time, call Wendy at the Library on 9041 1222 and she will add them to the Vulnerable Persons List.

Alternatively, you can sign up for help by clicking here.

VOLUNTEER TO HELP

Thank you to all the COVID-19 volunteers who have assisted the Vulnerable in our community during the pandemic. 

We no longer require new volunteers for COVID-19, however there are plenty of other Volunteer opportunities to get involved with.

If you would like to sign up as a volunteer with the Merredin CRC, contact them via the following:

📞 9041 1041
📧 merredin@crc.net.a
📍 110 Barrack St Merredin
🕑 Open 9.00am - 5.00pm

COMMUNITY SAFETY

Signage has been installed at the Shire Administration building to remind members of the public not to enter if they have recently returned from overseas, are felling unwell, or have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

HEALTH INFORMATION

COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

Coronavirus can cause a range of symptoms. Symptoms can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Affected people may experience:

  • fever
  • flu like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and headaches
  • difficulty breathing.

Information sourced from Healthy WA

Physical Distancing

Everyone should continue to practise appropriate social distancing and stay home except for:

- shopping for what you need, such as food or other necessary supplies;
- medical or health care needs, including compassionate requirements;
- exercise, including outdoor personal training without shared equipment;
- training or university study, where remote learning is unavailable;
- childcare or school;
- work;
- non-contact recreational activities such as private picnics in the park, fishing, boating, hiking and camping - all in compliance with travel restrictions and the 10-person rule;
- home opens and display village openings, with appropriate record keeping and hygiene practices in place, and in compliance with the 10-person rule.

People 70+ should stay home, self-isolate, and limit contact with others. This also applies to people over 60 with chronic illness and Indigenous Australians over 50.

Social distancing limits the contact you have with other people, and can be any of the following:

  • Stay home unless absolutely necessary
  • Avoid hand shaking, hugs, or kisses
  • Use EFTPOS instead of cash
  • Practice good hand hygiene
  • Travel at quiet times and avoid crowds
  • Keep a distance of 1.5m
  • Avoid all public gatherings and high risk groups

View the DoH information pamphlet

INFORMATIONAL POSTERS

To the view downloadable promotional posters, please click the images below.

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MENTAL HEALTH CONTACTS

LIFELINE
📱 13 11 14
🌐 https://bit.ly/LifeLineCOVID-19

BEYONDBLUE
📱 1800 512 348
🌐 https://bit.ly/3fj3qtp

OPENARMS (VETERANS + FAMILIES)
📱 1800 011 046
🌐 https://www.openarms.gov.au/

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH HOTLINE
📱 1800 020 080
🌐 https://headtohealth.gov.au/search-resources

 THINK MENTAL HEALTH 
📱1800 552 002 (Rural)
🌐 https://www.thinkmentalhealthwa.com.au/mental-health-and-covid-19/

STOP THE SPREAD

1. Cough or sneeze into your arm or a tissue
2. Bin the tissue
3. Wash your hands with soap and water
4. If you have a fever or are sick, seek medical advice

**All advice is subject to daily review, based on the available advice from the Federal and State Government**