RESIDENTS in the eastern Riverina are coming to terms with what life will look like in coming months due to coronavirus contingency plans.
Major events are on hold, gatherings at places of worship were halted by Prime Minister Scott Morrison in his announcement on Sunday night and schools have been corresponding with parents about attendance and online learning.
Also on Sunday the region learned of the first confirmed case of coronavirus from within the Murrumbidgee Local Health District after a 41 year-old-man tested positive in Albury.
Jenny Smith of the Lutheran Church at Milbrulong said a small number of people attended the service on Sunday.
"The congregation were given Holy Communion from individual cups and distancing was practiced," she said.
FROM MIDDAY MONDAY THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES AND BUSINESSES WERE SHUT DOWN:
- Pubs, registered clubs
- Gyms, indoor sporting venues
- Cinemas, entertainment venues, casinos, and night clubs
- Restaurants and cafes will be restricted to takeaway and/or home delivery
- Religious gatherings, places of worship (excluding small weddings and funerals that comply with the 4m two rule, which can proceed).
Lockhart Shire Council has confirmed that contingency plans are in place with an increase in the level of cleaning at public facilities.
The shire also confirmed that the visitor information centre, Greens Gunyah Museum at Lockhart and The Rock Museum were closed to the public.
Meanwhile, the shire has confirmed that it will be lobbying state and federal government to provide support that targets small businesses in small country communities impacted by the current situation.
To the south at Henty, Warren Dale, who is the funeral director at Henty had his own makeshift social distancing apparatus. But despite what appeared to be a lighthearted approach he encouraged people to take notice of gathering restrictions and social distancing.