COVID-19 Important Community Update

31 January 2021 4:00 PM

The City of Kalamunda will close all facilities effective from 6pm on Sunday, 31 January 2021 until further notice.

Mayor Margaret Thomas today announced the closure of all City recreation centres, libraries, cultural centres, including the Zig Zag Cultural Centre and History Village, Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre and Kalamunda Water Park. The Administration, Operations Centre and Walliston Transfer Station are also closed to the public.  All of the City’s halls for hire have also been closed along with all playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor equipment in City reserves.

“We will continue to serve customers over the phone and by email, but we can’t do face to face enquiries.”

Mayor Thomas said like communities across Australia, the City of Kalamunda has been preparing itself for trying and challenging days to come. “In these uncertain times, we all have important roles to play in limiting the spread of COVID-19 to protect ourselves and our fellow community members,”

“I encourage everyone to show care for each other, in a COVID-safe manner. Please do not panic buy, already today we have seen a rush to shops. We need to maintain calm and all do our bit to ensure that we stop the spread.”

A five-day lockdown will be introduced for the Perth metropolitan area, Peel and the South-West regions to stop the spread of COVID-19.

People will be required to stay at home unless they need to:

  • work because they can't work from home or remotely;
  • shop for essentials like groceries, medicine and necessary supplies;
  • medical or health care needs including compassionate requirements and looking after the vulnerable; and
  • exercise with only one other person, limited to one hour per day in your neighbourhood and masks must be worn.
Masks are to be worn at all times when outside of your place of residence, this includes at workplaces and on public transport.

Schools will be closed for this week. Term 1, 2021 was due to start from February 1 but that will be postponed by one week.

The State Government has advised the following restrictions apply for the lockdown period:

  • People should not leave Perth, Peel or the South-West during this period
  • People can enter Perth, Peel or the South-West only to access or deliver essential health and emergency services and other essential requirements;
  • Non-residents currently in Perth, Peel and the South-West are required to remain until the end of the restriction period however if you must leave for serious reasons; you are to then return home immediately, stay home and tested if symptoms develop;
  • Restaurants and cafes to provide takeaway service only;
  • Elective surgery and procedures for categories 2 and 3 will be suspended from Tuesday, February 2. Category 1 and urgent category 2 surgery will continue;
  • No visitors will be allowed in homes, unless caring for a vulnerable person or an emergency;
  • No visitors to hospitals or residential aged care and/or disability facilities, unless there are exceptional circumstances;
  • No weddings will be permitted;
  • Funerals are limited to 10 people; and
  • Travel remains prohibited within remote Aboriginal communities.
  • Libraries and cultural institutions.
People are encouraged to get tested if they have symptoms and if people have been to an exposure site, they must go and get tested.

WA COVID clinic operating hours will be extended as part of a testing surge. Testing locations and times can be viewed here https://www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/A_E/COVID-clinics
© City of Kalamunda 2021