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Perth-Peel four-day lockdown

29 June 2021

Following news of three recent community cases in Western Australia (linked with a case in New South Wales), the Western Australian Government announced last night that the Perth and Peel regions are in a four-day lockdown from 12.01am, Tuesday 29 June to 12.01am, Saturday 3 July.
 
Effective 12.01am Tuesday 29 June, people must stay at home unless they need to:

  • work because they can’t work from home or remotely – a full list of essential workers and services will be made available on the State Government’s website as soon as possible (www.wa.gov.au/organisation/covid-communications/covid-19-coronavirus-essential-workers )
  • shop for essentials like groceries, medicine and necessary supplies
  • attend to medical or health care needs including emergencies, compassionate requirements and looking after the vulnerable
  • receive a vaccination
  • exercise with a maximum of two adults from the same household (children under 18 years are not counted), limited to one hour per day within a 5km radius from home, and face masks must be worn, except for vigorous exercise.

These restrictions include:

  • People can enter the Perth and Peel areas only to access or deliver essential health and emergency services and other essential requirements
  • Restaurants, cafés, pubs and bars to provide takeaway service only
  • Casinos, nightclubs, entertainment venues and public venues to close
  • Universities, TAFEs and training colleges to close
  • Beauty, nail and hair services to close
  • Retail is permitted but only for essential health services and essential goods such as supermarkets, pharmacies, petrol station, hardware and others. Non-essential retail restricted to click-and-collect or delivery only
  • Public venues such as swimming pools, recreation centres, playgrounds and skateparks to close
  • Fitness venues including private exercise venues, gyms, pilates, yoga, dance studios to close
  • Places of worship and cultural institutions to close
  • Community sport is not permitted
  • Private outdoor gatherings are not permitted and events and functions are not permitted
  • Weddings are restricted to five people for compassionate reasons only, and funerals are restricted to 10 people
  • No visitors will be allowed in homes, unless it is for essential services, critical maintenance, caregiving and compassionate reasons or an emergency
  • Travel outside the Perth and Peel region is not permitted unless you are exempt to obtain or provide essential goods or services or other compassionate and medical reasons
  • Schools, boarding schools and childcare centres in the Perth and Peel regions will remain open, except for the three schools that have been directly impacted as they are a listed exposure site
  • Unless exempt, people in Perth and Peel are required to wear face masks outside of the home, in all indoor settings, on public transport, and outdoors at all times – except for vigorous exercise
  • Anyone who has travelled outside of the Perth and Peel regions since Sunday must continue to wear face masks in public, as per the existing directions
  • Visits to aged/disability care are prohibited except for essential care, compassionate reasons, end of life and advocacy
  • Visits to hospitals are prohibited except for compassionate reasons (eg. end of life, accompanying a child, supporting partner giving birth). Priority 2 and 3 elective surgeries will be postponed.

While the City will continue to deliver essential services where we can do so safely and in line with State Government requirements, non-essential services are suspended pending further advice. Our priority is the health and wellbeing of our employees and the community, as well as supporting the community during this uncertain period. 
 
During lockdown, the City will continue to offer essential services to the community per the usual schedule:

  • Domestic kerbside bin collection (on weekdays)
    • Including green waste collections and on-demand services such as skip bins
  • Ranger and security services
  • Beach patrol services
  • Customer contact centre (phone only)
  • In-home support services, where they can be conducted safely and within restrictions (including Meals on Wheels, personal care and emergency or urgent transport only)
  • Crisis accommodation
  • Reactive road, building and parks maintenance
  • Construction
  • Building and environmental health inspections.

City employees working during the lockdown will adopt strict COVID-19 workplace practices, including the wearing of face masks and physical distancing. 

In line with the State Government advice, the following City facilities and services will be suspended during the lockdown period: 

  • The City’s Administration Centre, although the Customer Contact Centre remains available via phone (9205 8555)  
  • All Stirling Libraries (Osborne, Mirrabooka, Dianella, Inglewood, Karrinyup and Scarborough) 
    • All loans will be automatically extended and no fines will apply 
  • All Stirling Leisure Centres and pools (Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre, Leisurepark Balga, Hamersley, Herb Graham Mirrabooka, Scarborough and Scarborough Beach Pool) 
  • The Recycling Centre Balcatta (with the exception of commercial customers)
    • Tip Shop, community recycling area and Household Hazardous Waste closed
  • Containers for Change Refund Centre
    • The City will provide a service to bulk contract customers if requested
  • Hamersley Public Golf Course
  • Stirling Men’s Shed
  • All City community centres and venues for hire 
  • Volunteer services will cease
  • Day Clubs
  • All City events, including events and bookings at our facilities 
  • City parks and reserves are not to be used for community sport
  • Playgrounds, outdoor exercise equipment, fenced dog parks and skate parks are closed. 

The Ordinary Council Meeting scheduled for Tuesday 29 June will proceed online. A copy of the Council agenda is available on the City’s website, and public questions may be submitted online by 5.00pm. Council meetings are livestreamed via the City’s YouTube.

The Animal Care Facility (ACF) will remain available for owners to be reunited with impounded dogs by appointment only.

The citizenship ceremony scheduled for Wednesday 30 June has been cancelled pending further advice from the State Government. No City-delivered community events are scheduled during the lockdown period, although we will be communicating with external event organisers who had planned to deliver events during this time.
 
Mayor Mark Irwin said it was natural to feel uncertainty and frustration at the local situation and the broader circumstances across Australia as a result of the pandemic.
 
“We know it’s tough for lots of people in our community right now. We will keep monitoring the official advice and we’ll communicate information regularly through our Facebook page and COVID-19 webpage as the situation develops,” Mayor Irwin said.
 
“I can’t stress enough to please abide by the lockdown once again, and hopefully we will be back out of lockdown very soon. We encourage everyone to monitor the Healthy WA website regularly for updates, including for any new exposure sites as contact tracing continues from these three confirmed cases.”
 
The community is encouraged to follow all State Government requirements and take extra care to practice good hygiene and social distancing and use the mandatory contact registers or SafeWA app at all businesses and facilities.

Please check the COVID-19 page on our website for news: www.stirling.wa.gov.au/update
 

Exposure sites

 
A location within the City of Stirling and several locations throughout Perth’s northern suburbs have been included within the list of public exposure sites:
 
A full list of sites is available on the Healthy WA website and we encourage the community to continue to check this page for updates and ensure you get tested if you have visited any exposure sites.
 
If you have symptoms, please phone 13 COVID (13 26843).
 

Useful links:

COVID-19 testing locations – Healthy WA
Public exposure sites – Healthy WA
City of Stirling COVID-19 page

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