Coronavirus Update #6


As COVID-19 restrictions begin to lift, it is crucial to keep up to date with current information. Queensland Health and Central West HHS websites and Facebook pages continue to be regularly updated. Stay up-to-date with accurate information by visiting Queensland Health. As of May 12 2020, Central West Queensland has NO confirmed cases.


  • Border restrictions are still in place for Queensland.
  • As per Chief Health Officer directions, only Queensland residents and those considered exempt can enter Queensland from interstate.


The current restrictions will be eased in stages. As of 11:59 pm Friday, May 15, the following will be permitted in Stage one:

  • For Outback Queensland, where there have been no COVID cases, two special concessions have been made:
    • Dining in at pubs and cafes will be up to 20 for locals only, reflecting the important role these venues play in connecting small outback communities; and
  • Recreational travel of a radius of up to 500 kilometres reflecting the long distances in the Outback.
  • For the Rest of Queensland:
    • Gatherings of a maximum of 10 people together in a public space
    • Dining in at restaurants, pubs, clubs, RSLs and cafes for a maximum of 10 patrons at one time (with a COVID Safe checklist) as part of a gradual re-opening (no bars or gaming)
    • Recreational travel of a radius of up to 150km from your home for day trips
    • Some beauty therapies and nail salons for up to 10 people at one time (with a COVID Safe checklist)
    • Re-opening of playground equipment, skate parks and outdoor gyms (a maximum of 10 people at one time)
    • The Winton Library will reopen 9am Monday 18th May 2020
    • Wedding guests increased to 10 people, and funeral attendance increased to 20 (or 30 outdoors)
    • Open homes and auctions with a maximum of 10 people at one time
  • There will be a gradual return to school in Queensland with Kindy and Prep and Years 1, 11 and 12 returning from the May 11. Years 2-10 will return on the May 25.
    • Most people (around 80%) will only develop mild illness and recover easily. Older people and those with underlying medical problems are more likely to develop severe illness.
    • You are at higher risk of infection if you have had face-to-face contact with a confirmed case for more than 15 minutes or have shared an enclosed space with them for more than two hours.


  • Queensland Health has commenced distribution of funded influenza vaccine in two rollouts
  • The first rollout will ONLY contain Fluad Quad® for those aged 65 years and over. This vaccine is not for any other age group.
  • The second rollout, around mid-June will contain additional Fluad Quad® and quadrivalent vaccines for all other eligible groups.
  • Who is eligible?
    • Children aged six months to under five years
    • Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged six months and over
    • Adults aged 65 years and over
    • People aged six months and older with medical conditions putting them at increased risk of severe influenza and complications
  • Refer to the Australian Immunisation Handbook for further details.


  • We want you to practice social distancing, which means: 
  • Stay home as much as possible.
  • Keep 1.5 metres away from others as much as possible.
  • Avoid shaking hands, kissing or hugging others.
  • If you can, work from home.
  • Avoid gatherings that aren’t essential.
  • Wash your hands often and properly with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based rub.
  • You can download the COVIDSafe app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.
  • If you’re self-quarantining and you start to feel unwell, you should seek immediate medical attention. Call ahead to your GP or emergency department so that they can prepare for your visit.
  • All essential day-to-day activities and businesses can proceed, but they must ensure the space is big enough for one person per four-square-meters.
  • There is no need to excessively stockpile anything.


  • Winton Shire Council (4657 2666)
  • Winton Neighbourhood Centre (4657 2680)
  • Triple zero (000)
  • 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84)
  • Winton Hospital (4657 2700)
  • Winton Medical Practice (4657 2755)
  • Your Mental Wellbeing Support Services
  • For any questions or concerns regarding the above information, please contact Jessica Greenaway, Director of Community and Economic Development on 4657 2666 or email