Be Kind Ballarat
These are unprecedented times, and they are tough ones. But in tough times, the one thing we can do is to band together as a community and show a little kindness. Be kind to others, be kind to those most in need and be kind to yourself. Keep reading for more tips on how to Be Kind Ballarat.
Be kind to yourself
Why not get outside and enjoy the the fresh air. Listen to music, have a virtual coffee date with a friend or enjoy a Netflix binge - anything that makes you smile!
Be kind to others
What a time to show some neighbourly love. We know some people might be feeling a little alone right now, so if everyone in Ballarat simply knocked on their neighbours door or called over the fence to say hello to their neighbour, it would mean every household maintains some much needed social contact.
See Ways to be Kind.
Easter – what’s on your list?
Restrictions are in place and the annual camping trip is off. Facebook and Instagram are showing lots of ideas about how you and your family can spend Easter - but you’re still not sold. Why not try our ideas instead?
What does that mean?
It means gatherings of more than two people are prohibited in Ballarat and across Victoria. (Except for members of your immediate household or for work or education)
It means you shouldn’t be walking Lake Wendouree in groups of three or more. It means you shouldn’t be getting takeaway coffee in groups of three or more. It means you shouldn’t be visiting your friends to socialise.
Yes, you can still go outside for food, medical care, exercise, work or education (when it cannot be done from home), but all social distancing precautions must be taken.
However, the best thing everyone can do right now is to stay home!
Please take these restrictions seriously.
If people breach these directions, they face on-the spot fines from Victoria Police of $1,652 for individuals and $9,913 for businesses. Larger fines can also be issued through the courts.
View more updates here.
Announcement for elderly members of our community
We are calling on everyone in the community to look after our most vulnerable during this uncertain time.
People over sixty-five and people with pre-existing medical conditions are at a higher risk of experiencing severe illness from the COVID-19 virus.
If you are over 65 years of age, we strongly urge you to stay at home.
If you have a grandparent, parent, uncle, aunty, neighbour, friend, or anybody you know that is 65 years + please assist them so that they can remain at home.
We as a community need to look after each other, flatten the curve and get through this together.
If you feel unwell or are having trouble accessing food and essential items: Call Victoria’s dedicated COVID-19 hotline on 1800 675 398.
Click here for updates and information from Ballarat Health Services.
City leaders call for residents to Be Bold and and Stay Home
The City of Ballarat, Commerce Ballarat, Committee for Ballarat and Ballarat Regional Tourism are calling on Daniel Andrews and Scott Morrison to continue to be bold and brave in their decision making on flattening the COVID-19 curve.
Read the full message.