City of Kalamunda cancels event schedule due to COVD-19

18 March 2020 11:42 AM

The City of Kalamunda has cancelled upcoming events, in accordance with current Federal and State Government declarations.

Mayor Margaret Thomas said it was important to follow instructions about hand hygiene and social distancing from WA Health. “These preventative steps are designed to limit the spread of COVID-19 through the community, especially those at higher risk, such as the elderly.”

“We currently have a Public Health Emergency and a State of Emergency for Western Australia in response to COVID-19 coronavirus.”

“The City is committed to assisting efforts to limit the spread of the virus, and have formed an internal Coronavirus Taskforce to ensure the City continues to be adaptive and responsive to the needs of our staff and community,”

“We need to flatten the curve. This Pandemic requires a whole of community approach. It also requires us to care for one another.”

“The City of Kalamunda leadership team convenes regularly to review the latest recommendations from the WA Department of Health, the lead agency for distribution of information on the disease and responses.”

Mayor Thomas said the WA Department of Premier and Cabinet has set up a Coronavirus Pandemic Coordination Units to co-ordinate government agencies, businesses and local government. “The City will work within the framework of the state’s pandemic plan.”

“Importantly we must adhere to all of the recommendations and restrictions. This includes cancelling any planned travel in accordance with the latest advice.” 

“I urge the community to be rational at this time, please stop the panic buying of food and other supplies.”

“The City is working with event organisers to implement health advice regarding gatherings, this now includes the latest advice around indoor gatherings of more than 100 people being cancelled.” said Mayor Margaret Thomas.

“The following events have been cancelled as of today:

  • Anzac Day Events
  • Launch for Darling Range Seniors Hub (postponed to later in 2020)
  • Kalamunda Night Markets, March and April
  • Summer Series – final movie night
  • Ramp It Up skate event
  • Kalamunda Show
  • Walliston 50th Anniversary (postponed to later in 2020)
  • Take a Walk on the Wine side
  • Kidz Artz in Forrestfield
  • Kalamunda Artisan Market
  • Adventist Easter Camp
  • Mary’s Mount Breakfast in the Park
  • Break Out Youth BBQ
  • John Curtin Orienteering Comp
  • Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre Shows.

It is important to note that all non-essential indoor gatherings of greater than 100 people (including staff) will no longer be permitted from today, Wednesday 18 March 2020.

An indoor gathering refers to a gathering within a single enclosed area (i.e. an area, room or premises that is or are substantially enclosed by a roof and walls, regardless of whether the roof or walls or any part of them are permanent, temporary, open or closed).

This does not apply to essential activities such as public transportation facilities, medical and health care facilities, pharmacies, emergency service facilities, correctional facilities, youth justice centres or other places of custody, courts or tribunals, Parliaments, food markets, supermarkets and grocery stores, shopping centres, office buildings, factories, construction sites, and mining sites, where it is necessary for their normal operation (although other social distancing and hygiene practices may be required in these settings).

“The City is recommending all community events and activities are cancelled at this point, even if numbers are smaller than 100.”

Find more information here, including a full up to date list of cancellations or alternatively, please contact the City of Kalamunda on 9257 9999, email enquiries@kalamunda.wa.gov.au.

Further information about COVID-19 can be found on the WA Government’s website: https://www.wa.gov.au/government/coronavirus-covid-19
© City of Kalamunda 2020