Coronavirus (COVID-19) Important Updates

Community and Business responsibilities: COVID-Safe Plan

Community Services and Businesses that were previously directed to close and now reopened must complete a COVID-Safe Plan before they can reopen.

This Plan will outline how your staff and patrons can be kept safe from COVID-19. The plan must be completed and made available at your business premises. If your business was allowed to reopen during Step 1 of South Australia’s Roadmap to Recovery, you must complete a Plan.

If your committee or group has not completed the COVID-Safe Plan, or does not have the plan available at your premises when requested, you can be fined up to $5000 on the sport for non-compliance, or face prosecution.

Please find the link to the COVID-19-Safe Plan Form here - https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/recovery/create-a-covid-safe-plan

For more information, please contact the SA COVID-19 Information line - 1800 253 787 offers local information and advice on general COVID-19 information for South Australians. Operates from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm every day.

For technical help, contact forms@sa.gov.au

*The communities are advised that the same social distancing and good hygiene practices still apply and have not been eased at this stage*


The most up to date and reputable information and alerts regarding COVID-19 should be sourced directly from https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au

Any additional information can be sourced from;

Australian Government Department of Health – www.health.gov.au

SA Health - www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVID2019

You can also call the Coronavirus Information Line on 1800 020 080

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Food Safety

Food Businesses

All businesses selling food are required to "notify" their local council. Under the Food Act 2001, a food business means a business, enterprise or activity (other than a primary food production business) that involves:

(a) the handling of food intended for sale; or

(b) the sale of food regardless of whether the business, enterprise or activity concerned is of a commercial, charitable or community nature or whether it involves the handling or sale of food on one occasion only.

Food business even includes businesses like chemists, cinemas, delicatessen, canteens, child care centres, liquor stores, video stores, petrol stations and swimming pools, if they sell packaged or any other type of food. Food businesses, from major food manufacturers to the local church group or sporting club that holds a once per year food fair, have defined responsibilities under the legislation to ensure the safety of food.

Mobile food businesses will notify the council in which the vehicle is normally garaged.

You must notify Council by completing a Food Business Notification Form and sending Council confirmation of approval.

  • Please note that a food business must notify Council of food handling operations before they commence. [Refer to Food Safety Standard 3.2.2 Division 2 Clause 4]
  • If you operate an existing business that has not "notified" please contact the District Council of Mount Remarkable on 8666 2014 or via email.

The Food Safety Standards are available from the Food Standards Australia & New Zealand website. There are numerous other fact sheets and food related articles available also. 

Working under the jurisdiction of the Food Act and Regulations, Environmental Health Officers routinely inspect food premises, investigate reports of food poisoning, and respond to customer complaints relating to food safety and conduct food safety education programs in schools and food premises.

For further information contact Council's Environmental Helath Officer on 8666 2014 or email ehco@mtr.sa.gov.au.

Resources

Click here for more information about starting a food business

Food Business Notification Form 

Food Safety

We are fortunate in Australia to have access to an abundance of fresh foods and our cultural diversity is reflected in the many different styles of foods we eat. Unfortunately, many of these foods, if not properly handled, can provide food poisoning organisms the perfect opportunity to grow and so contaminate the food. This contaminated food, if eaten, may result in sickness that can range from a minor stomach upset through to an extremely severe, life threatening illness.

Council's Environmental Health Officer may (if substantiated) investigate cases of food related illness where the ill person usually blames restaurant meals or take away foods. While commercially produced food can be the cause of illness, investigation reveals that poor food handling practices at home is often a significant factor.

Should you think you have food poisoning, seek medical help immediately.