Follow the latest City updates for COVID-19

Page last updated: 1.07pm, Friday 3 April 2020. We will continue to update this page as information emerges, so please check back regularly.

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What is City of Fremantle doing in response to COVID-19?

The City is in daily contact with the Department of Health and we are basing our decisions on their advice. For the latest information, visit the Department of Health website.

Our greatest priority at this time is the health and safety of our community and as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve, we’re taking steps to minimise the risk of exposure in our local communities.

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The Western Australian Government has declared a State of Emergency and a Public Health Emergency. As a community, there are things we can do to minimise the risks and look after each other:

  • stay home and do not go outside unless it is essential (such as groceries)
  • avoid close contact with others. If you must meet​, keep at least 1.5 metres away
  • wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds using soap and water or alcohol gel
  • cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze and cough using a tissue or a flexed elbow

If you’re feeling unwell

If you suspect you may have COVID-19 symptoms or may have had close contact with a person who has COVID-19, you should:

  • book an appointment with your your GP (phone ahead)
  • visit the Emergency Department (advise staff immediately on arrival)
  • phone the coronavirus Health Information line on 1800 020 080.

Neighbour to Neighbour project  

We are providing assistance to members of the community facing unprecedented challenges and increasing isolation due to COVID-19. Our Neighbour to Neighbour project aims to support communities at high risk of being impacted by the threats of COVID-19, including seniors, people with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds and Indigenous people.

Local residents can sign up and volunteer to help vulnerable people in their community with simple errands, including grocery shopping, dog walking, posting mail or simply checking in with a friendly phone call. To sign up as a volunteer, or request assistance, visit fremantle.wa.gov.au/n2n

Best sources of information

These websites have the most up-to-date and official information relating to the questions you may have:

Government of Western Australia - Department of Health updates:

 City of Fremantle services - status update

Playspaces, skateparks and public facilities

  • All playspaces and skateparks are closed
  • All public toilets are closed except for: 2x temporary facilities in Kings Square, Leighton Beach and South Beach
  • All public showers closed
  • All barbeques closed
  • All picnic shelters closed
  • All water fountains closed
  • The South Beach pontoon is unavailable and will be removed shortly

Arts and culture

  • Fremantle International Street Arts Festival - Cancelled
  • Fremantle Heritage Festival - Cancelled
  • Fremantle Festival: 10 Nights in Port - Cancelled
  • Moores Building of Contemporary Art Galleries - Closed
  • Moore and Moore Cafe - Closed. Takeaway coffee and drinks are still available from the front window
  • Fremantle Arts Centre - Closed (including the grounds and Canvas Café)
  • Fremantle Arts Centre Learning Courses - Cancelled
  • Found (shop) at Fremantle Arts Centre - Closed
  • Sunday Music Series - Cancelled
  • Revealed Art Market - Cancelled
  • South Lawn Concerts - Postponed

Community facilities

  • Fremantle Leisure Centre - Closed
  • Samson Recreation Centre - Closed. Current netball competitions cancelled
  • Volunteering - Business as usual. Neighbour to Neighbour initiative launched to help those in need during the COVID-19 crisis 
  • Health and wellbeing - Supporting State Sporting Associations announcements
  • Walyalup Aboriginal Community Centre - Closed
  • Youth Climate Change Conference - Cancelled
  • Beach wheelchair - Not available for hire

Council meetings

  • All council and committee meetings - Currently business as usual, however investigating alternative plans for all council meetings.

Customer service

Development approvals

  • All in person duty appointments - Cancelled
  • Community Information sessions (for significant DA’s) - Cancelled
  • Design Advisory Committee - Cancelled. Contact the City of Fremantle

Economic development and marketing

  • Business Support Program - Offering advice to local businesses on how they can take advantage of state and federal COVID-19 support measures

Events

  • ANZAC Day - Cancelled
  • Pioneer’s Luncheon - Cancelled
  • NAIDOC Opening Event and all week activities - Cancelled

Facility bookings

Field services

  • Community Safety - Business as usual
  • Compliance - Business as usual
  • Parking services - Decrease in number of staff
  • Environmental health - Monitoring State Health advice and briefing stakeholders 

Fremantle Community Legal Centre

  • Fremantle Community Legal Centre - Services by telephone only

Fremantle Visitor Centre

  • Fremantle Visitor Centre - Closed
  • Cruise ship shuttle service - Cancelled

Lifelong Learning and library

  • Fremantle Library - All library spaces closed. Pick-up and drop-off of items at Fremantle Library are also no longer available. The housebound library delivery service has been expanded to twice weekly drop-offs on Mondays and Thursdays
  • Fremantle Toy Library - Closed
  • Wanjoo Lounge - Closed
  • Fremantle History Centre - Closed. Enquiries can be submitted by email on lhc@fremantle.wa.gov.au or telephone on 9432 9739 between 8am-midday
  • LibraryCraft - Running as usual 
  • Fremantle Toy Library Nature Play (Thursday 2 April) - Cancelled
  • Storytime/Rhymetime - Cancelled
  • Buster It’s All About Play – Cancelled
  • CoderDojo – Cancelled
  • FreoPlays – Cancelled
  • Justice of the Peace - Cancelled
  • Book Clubs – Cancelled
  • Computer classes – Cancelled
  • Social groups – cancelled
  • Come and Try Over 55s – Cancelled
  • All other Over 55s groups - Cancelled

Strategic planning

  • Strategic planning services - Normal operating hours
  • Heritage services - Normal operating hours
  • Community engagement services - Normal operating hours: full review of current and planned engagements
  • Strategic projects services - Normal operating hours
  • Community engagement events: various - Defer engagement on new projects. Most current engagements proceeding with caution (primarily digitally) if urgent, face to face events cancelled, working groups changed to online and subject to further monitoring and review.  Check the My Say Freo website for details.
  • Precinct groups - Subject to the decision of each group but must follow Department of Health guidelines

The Meeting Place

  • The Meeting Place - Closed
  • Languages classes and groups – Cancelled
  • Social groups – Cancelled
  • Around the Kitchen Tables – Cancelled
  • Walyalup Kannajil Choir – Cancelled
  • Community led programs – Call The Meeting Place for more information

Waste and recycling

  • Fremantle Recycling Centre - Closed
  • Fremantle depot - Closed to the public. Contractors and couriers are requested to ring the bell for assistance
  • Reuse Shop - Closed
  • Waste collection - Business as usual

Assistance for businesses

Visit our Covid-19 information for businesses page for information on available support services.

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