It is our hope that communities and the broader public are fully aware of the deadly Corona Virus (COVID-19) that is impacting the global community. It is a serious issue and we all must take it seriously. After all, for far too many people it is a matter of life and death.
The virus spreads fast and attacks the vulnerable; and the reality is that within our community, we have some of the most vulnerable people in the country.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said that all people over the age of 70 – or 60 if they already have a health condition – and Indigenous people over the age of 50 should stay at home where possible for their own protection.
The less that people mix with each other, the less the virus will be transmitted. It is for that reason the Federal Government has stated public gatherings of people, except for household members, cannot consist of more than two people.
Pubs, licensed clubs and hotels (excluding accommodation), gyms, skateparks, indoor sporting venues, cinemas, beauty salons, play centres and outside playgrounds, places of worship and other public places have all been closed.
There are also restrictions on how many people can attend weddings, funerals and outdoor fitness classes.
Supermarkets and pharmacies remain open.
We urge everyone to listen to the advice of the health experts and above all, stay safe and stay strong.
More information can be found on the Federal Government website https://www.australia.gov.au/ , the Victorian Government website or download the official government “Coronavirus Australia” app in the Apple App Store or Google Play, or join its WhatsApp channel on iOS or Android.