COVID-19 Updates


Important Information from Government, Agencies and Council

Commonwealth Government

Re-opening a COVID-safe Australia and economy

There have been 6,899 confirmed cases in Australia and sadly 97 people have died. There are now only around 1,000 active cases in Australia, and over the past week, daily infection rates have remained low. Testing remains high, with more than 730,000 tests undertaken in Australia.

We need to continue to have the right controls in place to test more people, trace those who test positive and respond to local outbreaks when they occur. These are precedent conditions to enable Australia to relax baseline restrictions and enable Australians to live and work in a COVID-19 safe economy.

State Government

Recovery from COVID-19 

South Australia is set to relax COVID-19 restrictions after a national announcement today. The South Australian government has released its Roadmap for Easing COVID-19 Restrictions, with stage one to start on Monday 11 May

Local Agencies

District Council of Coober Pedy

Council Meetings and Town Meetings

Council meeting will continue as normal but with video conference offered on Zoom.

Town meetings will continue as normal until further notice.


The Council’s Water Department will operate has normal business hours. The functions will be operating continuously with a split workforce with two in each team as of Monday 31st March 2020 until then the operation will operate with a two-person crew.

Works Department

The Works Department will operate has normal business hours. The functions will be operating as a split crew with separate plant. Customer service for depot sales will operate with electronic sales only.


The Council's Electricity Supply will continue to function normally.  The team has been separated into two work groups to minimise the impact of self-isolation (if required) due to a case of COVID-19. If you experience a power interruption or power quality issues, please do not hesitate to call the Electricity Supply on call operator on 0417 814 617. This is a 24hr service. 

Council Office and Visitor Information Centre

Council office will remain open until further notice.

Visitor Information Centre is closed until further notice.

Mini Gems Child Care Centre

SA Government Recovery from COVID-19 Child Care has eased restrictions as follows:

  • Parents are restricted from entering the main building; they will remain in the reception area where they will meet their child. Sign in sheet and children’s bags will be placed in reception area;
  • Everyone to use hand sanitizer or wash hands on entering;
  • All children to wipe hands with appropriate hand wipes or taken directly to the bathroom to wash hands;
  • Staff to maintain good hygiene practices;
  • Wipe all frequently touched surfaces including activity tables with Germex spray after snacks and meals;
  • Wipe down all door handles including entry and exit points, toilets and office doors with Germex every day;
  • Clean toys with Germex at the end of each day;
  • Check children’s temperatures if they display flu-like symptoms;
  • Toys from home are not allowed to be brought into the Centre;
  • No visitors are allowed into the Centre unless authorised by the Community Services Manager; and
  • No excursions away from the Centre are allowed.

Swimming Pool


The Swimming Pool remains closed due to the season ending on 29 April, the pool will re-open in October 2020.



Will remain closed until further notice.

Community Library


The Library is open

Monday to Thursday                     4:00pm to 5:500pm

Sundays                                        12:00pm to 5:00pm

Library staff ask you to observe the following restrictions:

  • Use of hand sanitiser
  • Limit of 5 patrons
  • Limit of 20 minutes browse and borrow
  • Maintain 1.5 meters social distancing
  • Computer service NOT available until further notice.

Staff thank you for your patience and understanding.

Waste Management Department

Waste Management Department will still operate as normal. Council will have rotating drivers. Leave for the employees are cancelled.

Coober Pedy Airport

Coober Pedy Airport will still operate as normal but with a reduced schedule of Rex Airlines flights. Airport checks by separate staff rotating for full week will be in place.

Kanku Breakaways Reservation Park

The Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park remains OPEN.  Permit fees are waived until 31 May 2020 and will be re-evaluated at that time.  All visitors are required to follow social distancing and SA Health recommendations on preventing the spread of COVID-19. Kanku-Breakaways staff will continue to update the parks on our facebook page with information about the park, plants and animals as well as any further visitor updates.  Park inspections will continue to be done by park staff.  If you have any questions, please call the Executive Officer on 0499982999.