The world is in a constant state of change at the moment, as new advice and information regarding Covid-19, or the Corona Virus, continually evolves.
The City has been working to ensure its preparedness for the eventuality of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the Goldfields, and City officers at all levels have been following and implementing the advice and best practice guidelines being provided by the WA Health Department.
The City has a rapid response plan in place, which is an evolving action plan to address how it will maintain business continuity and the provision of essential services including the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport, rubbish collection and sewerage, whilst ensuring the safety of City staff and the broader community, and the trigger points for any escalated actions.
One of these triggers was hit on Friday with Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Brendan Murphy, advising State and Federal government at the COAG meeting, that they must implement a ban on mass gatherings of more than 500 people.
This of course will have a significant flow on effect for events in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, as the City will enforce this, especially for events happening at its own facilities. As this rolls out, and the extent of events affected becomes clear, City officers will work with the different community groups involved to identify how we can assist them with the postponement or rescheduling of their event.
Whilst it’s not the City’s role to enforce the cancellation of things like sporting fixtures, staff will work with clubs and associations to identify the best way forward for them in this constantly evolving situation.
In the meantime, everyone is encouraged to visit the Department of Health website to keep themselves informed on the latest information, and make sure that they are taking the simple steps to stay safe and healthy, like practicing good cough etiquette, regularly washing their hands, and staying away from school or work if they’re feeling unwell.
For the latest information on the Covid-19 outbreak, visit https://ww2.health.wa.gov.au