COVID-19 updates

COVID-19 Updates

Council and Service NSW offices are open

With the COVID-19 situation in Coonamble being very stable over a significant period, Council has re-open its Office and the Service NSW Agency with the following conditions:

  • Only one (1) person at a time allowed in both the Council Office and the Service NSW Agency.
  • Social distancing of 2 metres will be strictly enforced in each location.
  • Each customer has a 15 minute time limit in each location.

Coonamble Shire Library is open

Council advise that the Coonamble, Gulargambone and Quambone libraries are now open to the public. Gulargambone and Quambone will open as usual, with Coonamble opening Monday – Friday 10.30am -12.30pm and 1.30pm – 5.00pm and Saturday 10.00am – 1.00pm. 

What has changed:
  • Public access computers are unavailable for use 
  • Hand sanitizer must be used upon entry
  • Restrictions on the number of people in the library at one time
  • Visits limited to 30 minutes
  • No groups or meetings allowed 
  • Social distancing protocols enforced
  • We ask that you do not enter the library if you are feeling unwell
  • You will be asked to provide your details  (only kept for 28 days)
Coonamble Museum Under the Bridge is open
Operating Monday, Wednesday & Friday 10:00am - 12:00pm and by appointment
Maximum 2 visitors at any one time and we are unable to have groups or tours at this time.

Council is doing everything possible to keep its staff and the community safe while continuing to deliver services in an efficient and practical manner. It is essential that we all continue to play our part in combating the spread of this virus and it is important that we remain focused and not become complacent.

Additionally, the following facilities and services are closed;
  • Visitor Information Centre - Information available at the Coonamble Shire Library
  • Youth Centre, after school and holiday program 
COVID-19 Testing
Testing available at Coonamble MPS (Hospital) Monday to Friday by appointment - contact MPS on 02 6822 9300.

Keeping up to date

The following links will help the community to stay informed -

Stop the spread
The following simple measures will prevent the spread of the virus and help protect the community – so please adhere to them:
  • Hand hygiene – regularly clean your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand rub/sanitiser. 
  • Cough etiquette – cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing and sneezing or use your elbow, not your hands.
  • Stay home – avoid close contact with people unwell with cold or flu-like symptoms, and stay home if you have these symptoms.
  • Touching – avoid touching your face and avoid shaking hands with others.
  • Social distancing– reduce the number of close physical (1.5m between people) and social contacts.  This now also means only two people can gather in public and stay at home unless you are: shopping for essentials, receiving medical care, exercising or travelling to work or education. 
  • People aged over 70, aged over 60 with pre-existing conditions, or Indigenous people aged over 50 should stay home wherever possible for their own protection

To help identify COVID-19 symptoms the Australian Government, Department of Health have released this easy to follow chart. What should you do if you or someone you know has COVID-19 like symptoms? Initially assess symptoms against this poster.

Public Health Order 

Public health orders have been issued to protect the community and reduce the spread of COVID-19 infection. To find out more go to the NSW Government website.

What should I do if I’ve come into contact with a person with COVID-19

If you have been identified as a contact of a person with a confirmed COVID-19 infection the Public Health Unit will contact you with advice.  You need to isolate yourself at home for 14 days after contact with the infected person and monitor yourself and report any symptoms.  If you believe you have been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case but haven’t been contacted by the Public Health Unit and you are still concerned, or you have cold or flu like symptoms contact the National COVID-19 Triage 24/7 hotline on 1800 020 080, or Healthdirect on 1800 022 222.  Refer to NSW Government COVID-19 FAQ for more information. 

Local Government Updates

Council is receiving updates from the Office of Local Government which continue to support Council's operations and assist Council comply with COVID-19 restrictions and public health orders. Contact Council directly with specific questions about local facilities and services.