Important Message: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The World Health Organization has announced that COVID-19 is a pandemic. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus. Symptoms include fever, coughing, sore throat and shortness of breath. The virus can spread from person to person, but good hygiene can prevent infection.

Here are some important fact sheets and notices from our Council that you need to read:

Important Message: Permit System & Shire Access

From 12.01am on Thursday 26 March 2020, strict border controls will apply in Queensland for all access points. Further to this, on 23 March 2020, the State Disaster Declaration was approved by the State Disaster Coordinator (QLD), this declaration includes the restriction of access and entry into Mornington Shire from Mainland Australia.

In response to these measures, and in line with the Biosecurity Determination 2020, Mornington Shire Council will be implementing a permit system effective from Monday 30 March 2020.

This process will apply to every person wishing to travel to Mornington Island Shire. There are NO costs associated with this permit application.

The aim of the permit system is to restrict all non-essential travel to the island which has the potential to increase the risk of transmission of COVID-19 to our vulnerable population. See the Biosecurity Determination 2020 for a full explanation of essential services and travel.

This also means restricting movement between the island and mainland Australia via water vessels - including personal boats used to visit families from other communities.

14 days Quarantine period

Under the Arrivals to Mornington Island MUST have completed a 14 day self quarantine period.

Special exemptions apply for those undertaking essential services who have provided a pre-approved 'agreed management plan'.

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