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Coronavirus (Covid 19) Update

Read latest updates on our response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

Support for COVID-19 affected businesses

Warrnambool City Council's COVID-19 Business Support Plan

Warrnambool City Councils COVID-19 Business Support Program (COVID-19 BSP) is designed to engage with local businesses and lessen the financial burden impacting them where possible, whilst planning for a rebuild of the important business community as restrictions are lifted.

Click Here to download the Warrnambool City Council Business Support Plan

Business webinars - Have your say on the COVID-19 Business Support Plan

We want to make sure our efforts to help businesses recover from COVID-19 are as effective as possible.

To do this, we need your help.

Should we do more marketing to encourage people to support their favourite local businesses? Should we provide more access to mentoring and professional development opportunities? Should we offer more financial assistance to businesses?

Our COVID-19 Business Support Plan includes all of these things, but we need your help to get the balance right.

We want you to have a say.

We’ll be holding online sessions where we explain some of our proposals as part of our COVID-19 Business Support Plan and while encouraging all businesses to share their feedback on what they’d like to see implemented in the short, medium and long term.

Webinar dates and times:
Tuesday - 16th June at 3pm
Wednesday - 17th June at 11am
Wednesday - 17th June at 5:30pm

Register online

Gradual easing of restrictions

The Victorian Government has announced a gradual easing of the restrictions, with people now being able to host up to 5 people in their home, and exercise with up to 10 people following social distancing rules.

More information can be found on the Premier's website:
https://www.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-restrictions-victoria#gradua...

 

Economic Survival Package

The Victorian Government has released a $1.7 billion economic survival package to help small and medium-sized businesses.

It includes a $500 million Business Support Fund to help small businesses survive the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and keep people in work.

For information and to apply, click here.

 

Marketing materials for Warrnambool businesses

Click the image below to download a series of Get Around Warrnambool images and messages that Warrnambool businesses are encouraged to use. 

Please feel free to download them and use them on your social media platforms or, where appropriate, display in or at your business.

Current Information on shutdown

The Australian Government has developed an app to keep you up to date with the COVID-19 outbreak. You can download it at the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.

https://apps.apple.com/au/app/coronavirus-australia/id1503846231

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.gov.health.covid19

You can also subscribe to a Whats App messaging service by typing oz.gov.au/whatsapp in your browser.

Restrictions on Non-essential services

The Australian Government has announced social distancing measures to protect the Australian community from the spread of the coronavirus. Restrictions have been placed on a number of non-essential services.
Click here to read more

 

If your business is not affected by the shut down, you can do your bit to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Please follow the DHHS guidelines in the link below to keep yourself, your employees and your customers safe:

https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-transmission-reduction-...

 

As well as posing significant health risks, COVID-19 (coronavirus) has and will continue to have a major impact on businesses and the economy.

We understand the deep concern businesses have regarding employee retention, revenue, health and safety matters as well as the ability to plan for further disruptions to trade.

This page outlines some of the resources and support services available to help local businesses and will be updated regularly.

If you’d prefer to speak with someone or if you have any questions, please call 5559 4800 and ask to be transferred to the Business Support Unit.

Sign up here for the WCC Business Support Newsletter

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