All your questions about COVID-19 answered. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
All your questions about COVID-19 answered. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

FAQ: Answers to all your most-asked questions about COVID-19

YOU asked, so we’ve answered. Here’s what you can and can’t do in the Western Downs region in light of COVID-19 regulations.

Can I go to my local park?

Unfortunately not. The following parks/facilities have been closed off in the Western Downs:

- Dalby dog park

- All Council Pools

- Western Downs Libraries (you can still access your library at home via: www.westerndownslibraries.com/library-at-home)

- Visitor Information Centres

- Dogwood Crossing Miles

- Council Community Centres and Events Centres

- Western Downs Cinemas: Dalby and Chinchilla

- Gyms operating out of Council facilities: Chinchilla Fitness Centre and Murilla Fitness Centre

Can I go camping, so long as I maintain social distancing rules?

No, following advice from the Queensland Government, council closed campgrounds off to the public until further notice. The following campgrounds are closed indefinitely:

- Moraby Park - Miles

- Archers Crossing - Chinchilla

- Round Hole Campground - Wondai Road, Chinchilla

- Brigalow Creek - Meandarra

- Waterloo Plain - Wandoan

- Warra Weir - Warra

- Tara Lagoon - Tara

- Caliguel Lagoon - Condamine

- Chinchilla Weir - Chinchilla

- Gil Weier - Miles

- Lake Broadwater - Dalby

- Koehler Park - Yamsion

- Drillham Rest Area - Drillham

- Dulacca Hall - Dulacca

- Jandowae Dam - Jandowae

What events have been cancelled in light of COVID-19?

The following Western Downs events have been cancelled and/or postponed until further notice:

- Delicious and DeLIGHTful

- Flickerfest Short Film Festival

- ANZAC Day services

- Big Skies Festival 2020

- Volunteer Week

- Picnic Races

- Dalby Show

- 2020 Timbertown Festival

For what reasons can I leave my house?

Queensland Health has mandated that locals must only leave their house for “absolutely necessary reasons”.

The following reasons have been deems “absolutely necessary” reasons to leave the house:

> To obtain essential goods and services

> Receive medical treatment or health care services

> Exercise

> Do work or volunteering that is essential and cannot be done from home (this is any type of work that is not restricted under the latest ‘non-essential business activity and undertaking closure’ direction)

> Visit another person’s home, as long as there are no more than 2 visitors who do not usually live there

> Visit a terminally ill relative or attend a funeral

> Assist, care for or support immediate family members

> Attend a Court or tribunal or comply with a Court or tribunal order

> Attend a childcare facility, school, university, or other educational institution to receive instruction that is not possible to receive at home

> Assist with an investigation by police or other law enforcement authority

> All shared custody arrangements of children under 18 years of age, whether informal or court-ordered, can continue as normal. You are allowed to leave home to take children from one parent’s home to the other parent’s home

> To avoid illness, injury or the risk of harm

> To comply with directions of a government agency.

People aged over 70, anybody over 65 with a chronic region and Indigenous people over 50 have been urged to stay at home completely.

I feel sick, should I go to the doctor?

Coronavirus tests will only be given if the patient has had contact with a confirmed case, or has travelled overseas in the last 14 days. All GP clinics in the region have moved to telehealth under new government mandates. If you’re presenting symptoms for COVID-19 Queensland Health recommends self-isolating, and taking the COVID-19 quiz.

Book an appointment with Myall Medical HERE.

Book an appointment with Western Downs Health Centre HERE.

Book an appointment with Wambo Medical Centre HERE.


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