Virus precautions taken in region

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, several local businesses and community groups are adjusting to new social distancing advice from the federal government.

Cleve District Council is open and taking measures to sanitise surfaces every two hours or after use, including in the BankSA and Centrelink agencies, and are still providing full services to the community.

Cleve Area School have also implemented safety restrictions until further notice, with parents and visitors barred from classrooms and only allowed access to the front office.

The community library is restricting access hours from 3.30pm to 7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 3.30pm to 5pm on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Cleve Foodland is also undertaking continuous cleaning regimens of baskets, trolleys and checkouts, and asking those with symptoms to stay away from the store.

"The sheer volume of customer traffic over the last week or so means that we are also relying on our customers doing the right thing as far as minimising risk to staff and other customers," said owner Greg Cook.

They are operating normal opening hours, and can organise pick-up orders or delivery.

Kimba mayor Dean Johnson said the council office was open and had minimum distance and hand hygiene practices in place, and they were also conducting meetings by video call.

He said a meeting with the Premier and Local Government Association on Monday night helped to clarify some details about ongoing council procedures.

Mr Johnson said while local government regulations required councils to have face-to-face meetings to vote, Minister for Local Government Stephan Knoll was looking into the state's emergency powers to override this necessity.

"We have a hardship policy at council which we will instigate," he also said, and urged anyone experiencing difficulty as a result of the pandemic to contact council.

The local Kimba supermarket also has wipes available and is encouraging customers to leave distances between them.

Mr Johnson said short tempers had been experienced in the store and encouraged everyone to remain respectful while they worked to keep stock shortages under control.

Groceries can also be delivered and after-hours shopping may be organised by calling to arrange.

Mr Johnson said he also had to promptly return from overseas and was now in self-isolation, starting last Friday.

"We will follow through the recommendations to make sure we do our bit to keep the community safe," he said.

CANCELLED EVENTS:

  • Anzac Day services
  • EP Field Days (postponed until September 29-October 1)
  • youth week Cleve
  • Cleve district business networking event
  • 2 Blokes and a Black Dog youth and community events
  • Tourism Development Group meeting Cleve
  • Colour Trail
  • Parkrun
  • Cleve Lil' Gym and Playgroup Trading Table
  • Kimba Workshop26 opening
  • Butler time capsule opening
  • EP interschool athletics carnival
  • Arno Bay dirt circuit
  • Buckleboo 300 club (postponed)
  • Mortlock Shield