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COVID-19 (coronavirus)

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Welcome. We share challenging times and we hope the information contained here meets your needs. This page is being updated regularly and was last updated at 20 October 2020 - 12.30pm. Please share the information here with friends and family and help people who aren't online stay up-to-date.

There have been a total of 59 confirmed cases of COVID-19 attributed to the Southern NSW Local Health District since the start of the pandemic in March. Nine cases have been recorded in the Bega Valley in 2020, all are described as recovered.

NSW Health is urging anyone feeling unwell – even with the mildest of symptoms such as a runny nose, scratchy throat cough, fever, shortness of breath, headache, sore throat, tiredness, loss of taste/smell, nausea, diarrhoea or muscle aches – to self-isolate and seek COVID-19 testing, so cases in the community are identified as quickly as possible.

People can unwittingly pass it to others if they are incubating the infection or have very mild symptoms, so we all need to be very careful and practise hand hygiene and maintain physical distancing by keeping at least 1.5m away from other people.

Take care, be safe, be kind.


Easing of restrictions for border region residents

As at 17 September border region residents can travel within the border region for any reason with a current permit.   

Victorian border region residents no longer need to comply with any Victorian Stay at Home Directions while in NSW.

If you have a border region resident permit that was current at 12.01am Thursday, 17 September it will:

  • be considered a new border region resident permit, with the new conditions
  • continue to be valid until the permit’s date of expiry.

Working across the border - rules and regulations.

NSW agricultural workers’ code

The NSW Government will become the first jurisdiction to write the new Agricultural Workers Code into public health orders, paving the way for the NSW primary industries sector to find skilled workers for the upcoming harvest. Agricultural workers travelling between NSW and Victoria will need a permit and relevant identification and will be required to use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as appropriate.

Updated information on gathering and movement

As at Friday 16 October, changes have been made to outdoor music rehearsals and performances, hospitality venues, corporate events, weddings, funerals and religious services.

Also, travellers arriving from New Zealand do not need to enter mandatory quarantine when they fly from New Zealand into NSW, if they have not been in a New Zealand COVID-19 hotspot in the past 14 days.

From Friday 23 October:

  • 30 people can gather outdoors in public spaces
  • 30 customers per booking, and 30 customers per table at hospitality venues.

From 1 December 2020, the number of people who can attend weddings will be lifted to 300 people subject to the 4-square metre rule indoors and 2-square metre rule outdoors.

COVID-19 Testing Centres

The border between NSW and Victoria is restricted. For full details on the border closure, read the information on Victoria-NSW COVID Broder Closure.

Southern NSW Local Health District has COVID-19 Testing Centres in the Bega Valley Shire, so those with symptoms may be tested and treated quickly.

The drive-through clinic at South East Regional Hospital Bega (4 Virginia Drive) is open from 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 3pm on Saturday and Sunday. The clinic is located before the main drop off area of the hospital. Follow the signs at the main entrance.

Pambula Hospital (Merimbola Street) is open from 9.30am to 4pm daily. This clinic is by appointment only. Please call 1800 999 880 (option 1) before attending.

Eden Community Health Centre (Twofold Arcade) is open from 9.30am to 1pm, by appointment only. Please call 1800 999 880 (option 1) before attending.

Anyone feeling unwell, even with the mildest of symptoms such as a runny nose or scratchy throat, is urged to self-isolate and seek testing.

It is essential people follow directions they receive about home isolation and quarantine and maintain COVID-safe practices of physical distancing of 1.5 metres, cough or sneeze into their elbow, and regularly wash their hands.

Compliance measure for NSW venues

As at 1 August, gymnasiums (indoor recreation facilities, excluding dance, yoga, Pilates, gymnastics or martial arts studies) in NSW will be required to host ‘COVIDSafe marshals’ under a new state government effort to stem the tide of COVID cases across the state. The marshals, which are already required for large pubs in NSW, ensure social distancing, cleaning and other hygiene measures mandated under the state’s COVIDSafe business plans are adhered to.

The amended Public Health Order has clarified the 4 square metre rule does not apply to a vessel used for commercial tours for scuba diving, snorkelling or whale, dolphin or marine animal watching.

As at 24 July:

  1. limiting group bookings to a maximum of 10 people
  2. mandatory COVIDSafe plans and registration as a COVIDSafe business
  3. a digital record must be created within 24 hours.
  • Weddings and corporate events will be limited to 150 people subject to the four square metre rule and registration as a COVIDSafe business. Strict COVIDSafe plans must be in place and high-risk activities including choirs and dancing must not occur.

For more information visit COVID-19: What you can and can't do under the rules.

COVID-19 in the Bega Valley

The situation around COVID-19 within the Bega Valley remains stable. The community is asked to remain vigilant and guard against any spike in numbers. You can find all the latest details about health and hygiene guidelines on the NSW Government website including information about the Victoria - NSW border closure.

It's important that our community:

The contribution we are all making is paying off, thank you for the part you are playing in this.

Want to know more?

The Coronavirus Health Information Line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, call 1800 020 080

Check the NSW Health website -

or the Federal Health Department website -  for the latest health and well being measures.

News from Bega Valley Shire Council

Our community has experienced a very difficult year. Now, with COVID-19, we’re having to adapt to new and unsettling challenges. Patience and understanding will help get us through.

Council staff are still on the job and working hard; responding to community needs and making sure our essential community services remain open. Some of our ‘non-essential’ but much-loved services have been modified and you can now find them online.

Stay well, stay strong and stay informed.

Visit our Council Changes to Services page to check on how we have adapted to COVID-19.

Mental health support and well being

Keep connected as a community by taking some simple steps.

  • Stay informed. Use information from reputable sources including this website, the Australian Government website ( and the NSW Government (
  • Support others in our community. Look out for neighbours and family.
  • Keep connected to your family, friends, work colleagues through phone, email and social media - maybe even write them an old school letter!

If you are worried or anxious, there is support:

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