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COVID-19 Information

   Monday 14th September, 2020

Together we can keep our town COVIDSAFE

Testing Advice and Information
If you have any of the symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, you should seek advice and get tested. Symptoms include: Fever; chills; cough; sore throat; shortness of breath; runny nose; loss of sense of smell or taste.

Visit the Bairnsdale Regional Hospital website for more information about asymptomatic testing (without symptoms that were at one of the exposure sites listed by DHHS) and for symptomatic testing.

Bairnsdale Respiratory Clinic, Forge Creek Rd (behind the RSL) remains open. Check booking website for opening hours and appointments, or call 4116 2014.

For all other enquiries about COVID-19, please call the Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398 or visit

Face mask changes

  • From 5pm on 31 December 2020 you must wear a fitted face mask when you are in public indoor spaces unless you have a lawful reason.
  • It is strongly recommended that you wear a face mask when you can’t maintain 1.5 metres distance from other people in outdoor settings; and
  • that you wear a face mask when you have visitors or when you visit others indoors.
  • You must continue to carry a face mask with you at all times. You can find more information on the face masks page.

East Gippsland Wear a Mask Campaign
Click here to view the East Gippsland Wear a Mask Campaign. We've worked so hard to protect those we love, let's keep doing the right thing - wear a mask and wear it right. For your family and your community.

COVIDSafe Summer
Visit the website For more information on how to have a COVIDSafe Summer. For any concerns contact the Coronavirus Hotline: 1800 675 398 (open 24 hours, 7 days).

QR code service
The Victorian Government QR Code Service is now available for use, and is free for all Victorian businesses and venues. These records help contact tracers in the event a positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) is identified. Businesses and venues can register here for their unique QR code to display for visitors to scan and check-in.

Covid-19 DHHS Promotional Material
The Department of Health and Human Services have a range of promtional materials available via their website.

Free Online Infection Control Training
The Federal Government is offering workers across the health, aged care, disability and childcare sectors access to a free online training module (approx. 30 mins) on infection prevention and control (IPC) for COVID-19. Cick here to register.

Council services
For up to date information about Council operated services i.e. playgrounds, caravan parks, libraries, etc. and also face masks for vulnerable people visit their website or call (03) 5153 9500.

HeadtoHelp Hubs Open in Gippsland
HeadtoHelp is a free service open to Victorians of any age who may be experiencing distress or mental ill health.
HeadtoHelp will consider a person’s financial situation if recommending other fee-paying services. Our teams include mental health nurses, social workers, peer workers, alcohol and other drug workers, and other allied health professionals who work with GPs and psychologists to support you through telehealth, or onsite at a hub.
To find out more call 1800 595 212 or go to

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