Adelaide Hills Council is acting to minimise the risk to the hills community following the declaration by the World Health Organisation of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
Mayor Jan-Claire Wisdom acknowledges Council's role in reducing community exposure to COVID-19 at Council service centres, libraries and community facilities.
"We will be suspending or postponing a number of Council run community programs, activities and events where there are large numbers of participants or the participants are in high risk categories. This is effective immediately and will be in place until Tuesday 14 April."
"The situation will be constantly reviewed so that these programs or activities can recommence as soon as it is safe to do so."
"Many of the participants in Council programs or activities are in high risk groups and given the uncertainty regarding containment of COVID-19 in the coming weeks we are taking a risk minimisation approach."
"This includes cancellation or postponement of Council run events including the Harmony Day Picnic scheduled for Saturday 21 March," said Mayor Wisdom.
Adelaide Hills Council will review the temporary suspension or postponement of programs, activities and events after Easter and on an ongoing basis as new information becomes available from state and federal government and health authorities.
The outbreak of COVID-19 and latest medical advice is being updated regularly by the Australian Department of Health and we recommend that our community uses this resource to remain aware of developments and official reports.
In Australia, the people most at risk of contracting COVID-19 are those who have recently been to high-risk countries or regions, and people who have been in close contact with someone with a confirmed case of the COVID-19 illness.
As detailed by the Australian Department of Health, the symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever, flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue, and shortness of breath. Some people will recover easily, and others may get sick very quickly. If you become unwell and think you may have symptoms of COVID-19, seek medical attention.
For more information, tips, and fact sheets on COVID-19 we recommend that the community reference the Australian Department of Health or call the 24 hour Coronavirus Health Information Line, run by Healthdirect on 1800 020 080.
For any further queries you can contact Council on (08) 8408 0400 or visit our Hills Voice: your say portal and join the conversation.