COVID-19 Council Updates & Information

27th May 2020

With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, the State Government has highlighted the need to develop a “COVID-19 Safe Plan”. Attached is the FAQs regarding COVID Safe Plans.

This is the link to the COVID Safe Plan -

Businesses or organisations previously directed to close must complete a Plan before 1 June 2020.

This includes:

  • Restaurants, cafes, wineries and pubs (but not nightclubs, casinos, gaming venues and food courts – these are still closed)
  • Wineries
  • Buildings used by social and sporting clubs
  • Facilities used primarily for indoor physical recreation
  • Indoor premises at which boot camp and other personal training are offered
  • Indoor sporting venues
  • Public swimming pools
  • Motor sport facilities and other racetracks
  • Community, youth and recreation centres
  • Cinema, function centre or entertainment venue of any kind
  • Theatres, concert venues, arenas, auditoriums, stadiums, and other places where live performances occur
  • Galleries, museums, libraries (other than libraries in educational institutions)
  • Local government non-essential facilities such as libraries
  • Restaurants and cafes
  • Auction houses
  • Premises at which a real estate auction or inspection by a prospective purchaser or tenant of the premises is conducted
  • Outdoor and indoor markets
  • Beauty salons, nail salons and tattoo parlours and other premises at which beauty therapy and tanning, waxing, piercing or body modification services are provided
  • Wellness centres, spas and massage parlours
  • Places of worship

Businesses allowed to reopen from 11 May as part of Step 1 of South Australia’s Roadmap to Recovery must complete a Plan before 1 June 2020.

Other businesses may voluntarily choose to complete a Plan.

It is important that the Safe Plan is completed as it’s a legally enforceable document, i.e. if you have not completed it before 1 June you may be issued with a fine by SA Police.

For further information please visit the State Government website -

Recovery from COVID-19, the latest updates from the Government of SA are available here

Council response measures to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Clare & Gilbert Valleys Council continues to monitor the situation closely and enact measures to protect the health of our community, visitors and staff, and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Actions being taken by Council are in line with advice and direction from State and Federal Governments, and relevant Government Health Authorities.

During this time, Council encourages our residents to play their part – observe stricter personal hygiene and social distancing, stay away from public places if you’re unwell, be respectful to our staff and look out for the vulnerable members of your community.

Council is continually putting updates via its various social media and other media channels regarding any changes to services.

Electronic participation at Council meetings

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on public gatherings Council meetings have been transferred to an online platform with Councillors and staff attending remotely. The public is welcome to all council meetings, unless they have been deemed confidential, and a link to attend each meeting is available by request: email –

Lodging Development & Septic Applications

We are updating you on the ever-changing and evolving circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and how Council will receive and process Development Applications.

To limit the spread of COVID-19, Council encourages all plans and documentation to be received electronically (email) at

Plans and documentation can still be lodged via hard copy however they will be quarantined for a number of days before being processed which will delay the assessment process.

A number of Council staff are now working from home so all communication will be either via email or phone and meetings will not be held outside these means.

This new system will come into effect as of today. This will include plans and documentation for planning, building and wastewater applications.

If you have any queries please contact Council at 8842 6400 or email us.

Council Services and Closures

Library services

Clare & Saddleworth Library are open regular opening hours. The Auburn library remains closed.

Holds are now able to be placed on books, DVDs and magazines from all SA Libraries.

There will be some delays as the backlog clears.

Programs will not run until it is safe to do so.

Return any books or DVDs in the after-hours return chute

Some restrictions apply, including –

  • Limit of 10 people at a time
  • Visits limited to 30 mins or less
  • PC use limited to 30 min or less

Patrons should also -

  • Use hand sanitiser provided.
  • Use external return chute for all returns

Online borrowing of e-books and e-magazines is available through the digital library service – for the direct link to eBooks and online resources –

Online storytimes and at-home learning resources go to the library Facebook page –

Phone the Clare Library 8842 3817 or Saddleworth Library 8847 4096 during opening hours for assistance.

Council services & reopenings

Public Playgrounds, Skate Parks and outside gym equipment are open to the public.  Please maintain physical distancing and public gathering requirements at this time and observe any signage.

Under the Emergency Management Act 2004, Police are now able to issue on-the-spot expiation notices to persons who contravene directives made by the Commissioner of Police.

Council services are deemed essential and will continue to be provided unless directed otherwise by the Premier or Prime Minister.


Please continue to check Council’s Facebook page for updates and other information:

COVID-19 Community Awareness

Social distancing – stay at least 1.5m (two arms lengths) apart from others.

More information:

National Coronavirus Information Helpline – 1800 020 080

Call this line if you are seeking information and advice on COVID-19. The line is operated 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.

SA COVID-19 Information Line – 1800 253 787

This line is available to South Australians and provides local information on COVID-19 to the general public from 8:00am to 8:00pm, seven days a week.