Two active cases of Coronavirus and face masks mandatory

Published on 31 July 2020


Northern Grampians Shire currently has two active cases of Coronavirus, one of which was reported within the past 24 hours. Several big jumps in Coronavirus cases this week across the state has caused the State Government to enforce further restrictions state-wide. 

Northern Grampians Shire residents need to be aware of a new change concerning the wearing of masks when not at home.

In line with current State restrictions from 11:59pm on Sunday 2 August, face masks or coverings will need to be worn by all residents of Northern Grampians when they leave home, unless they have a condition considered to be a lawful exception. 

Shire residents should be warned that people who do not wear face masks or coverings and do not have a lawful excuse can be fined $200.

Community members who are exempt from mask wearing include children under 12 years of age, individuals with breathing difficulties, and people who have a physical condition that makes wearing a mask difficult. 

Mask wearing is one of several ways to stay safe from coronavirus. Other recommendations are washing hands regularly, coughing and sneezing into your elbow, keeping at least 1.5 metres from others and staying home if unwell. 

Masks are available from several outlets within the shire. Visit for a list of local suppliers.  Businesses who would like to be included in this list are asked to contact

It is recommended to practise stringent hand hygiene during handling a mask and to only touch the straps not to touch the mask area. Comprehensive mask-wearing information is available on the World Health Organisation (WHO) website 

If residents are concerned they may be showing signs of Coronavirus, pre-booked tests can be made through Stawell Regional Health on 03 5358 8500 and East Wimmera Health Service on 03 5477 2100. 

Northern Grampians Shire Council Mayor, Murray Emerson, asks all residents to pay attention to the new State Government directive regarding mask wearing. 

“With case numbers on the rise through the state and two active cases in our shire, I encourage all members of the community to be vigilant and comply with the State government recommendations,” he said. 

“Mask wearing is an easy and effective way to stop the spread of Coronavirus and, when combined with other measures, is helping to keep our shire safe.”

“By covering your face, you’re helping to keep us safe and keep our community operational. Remember, we’re in this together.” 

Northern Grampians Shire staff will be wearing masks at all work sites and visitors to customer service and shire facilities will be required to wear masks at all times unless they have a lawful exemption.

For comprehensive information on current restrictions for our shire visit or call the Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.

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