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COVID 19 Information

The Office for the Outback Communities Authority is receiving enquiries from Outback communities regarding holding or not holding events or gatherings; the OCA strongly advises communities and individuals to seek advice directly from the appropriate health providers as they are the source of the most up to date information. SA Health and the Australian Department of Health both offer sound advice on how to proceed.

The current situation will also be presenting unique challenges for small business in the outback.  The Australian Government has announced JobKeeper Payments to help keep more Australians in jobs and to help support businesses affected by the significant economic impact caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. Find more information for both Employers and Employees at https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/jobkeeper. The information prepared by Regional Development Australia - Far North may also be of assistance.

You should also familiarise yourself with the Major Emergency Declaration and Directions made by the Assistant State Coordinator.  They may affect your movements around South Australia as well as certain business operations.

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS FOR REMOTE AREAS
Following agreement from the National Cabinet, the movement into certain remote areas is being restricted to protect some of our most vulnerable Australians. 

From 11:59pm Thursday 26 March 2020, anyone wishing to enter designated areas will need to self-isolate for 14 days before they can enter. This is a requirement that will be made by the Minister for Health under the Commonwealth’s Biosecurity Act 2015 and includes residents of communities in these areas.  more detail on the restricitons can be found here.