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COVID-19

Updates

Mt Buller Mt Stirling resorts remain CLOSED to visitors as part of the current Victorian public health measures.

Mt Buller and Mt Stirling are committed to the health and safety of our guests, staff and the community. 

Updates related to the resorts and coronavirus (COVID-19) are posted below.


For further information specific to the Mt Buller and Mt Stirling visit:
mtbuller.com.au
mtstirling.com.au 

For more information visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au

23 June 2020 - State Government Guidelines COVID-19 Alpine Activities


This document is intended to assist alpine resort operators and associated businesses to safely resume operations from 22 June 2020, and to ensure staff, patrons and the community are confident that appropriate measures are in place to limit coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission. VIEW>




30 June 2020- Mt Buller Capacity Management Overview


An overview of resort operations based on current guidelines and restrictions. Important information for businesses operating on Mt Buller. VIEW>




30 June 2020 - New Tracing Technology


Mt Buller Mt Stirling RMB will be using technology to record visitor information to meet requirements set by State Government. On mountain businesses are encouraged to adopt this technology. The State Government requires the resort, food and beverage venues and other outlets to collect the name and phone number of every visitor to Mt Buller and Mt Stirling for traceability purposes. The RMB has obtained technology to record this information using Buller and Stirling IDs. The process simply involves registering for an ID, receiving a QR code on your phone and then scanning it each time you enter the resort or a participating outlet.

Any visitor purchasing resort entry prior to arrival will be sent an SMS prompting them to register for their Buller ID or Stirling ID. People with village permits or resort entry season passes will be sent a weekly SMS from 5 July prompting them to advise if they will be coming to the resort in the following week.

Food and beverage venues and other outlets can adopt the scanning technology free of charge by contacting Sarah Egan at the RMB via info@mtbuller.com.au

Members of the Buller Crew or staff / residents already living in the resort can get an ID by texting ‘Buller’ or ‘Stirling’ to 0436 020 257. Either ID can be used within the Mt Buller and Mt Stirling resorts. For more information visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au
For further information specific to the Mt Buller and Mt Stirling visit:
mtbuller.com.au
mtstirling.com.au




25 June 2020 - Mt Buller Mt Stirling Integrated COVID Safe Plan


The resort has worked with government and industry to prepare a COVID SAFE operating plan to ensure the health and well being of staff, guests and the wider community. VIEW>




1 July 2020 - Health & Medical Services 2020 Snow Season


Updated information on COVID testing, and the health and medical services on Mt Buller. VIEW VISITORS> VIEW STAFF>




8 July 2020 - Buller Ski Lifts operations update


Buller Ski Lifts (BSL), has confirmed chairlifts and the Ski & Snowboard School will continue to operate until at least 12 July to allow guests to enjoy the remainder of their visit. MORE INFO >




27 July 2020 - Positive Coronavirus (COVID-19) Case


On Monday 27 July, the Mt Buller & Mt Stirling Resort Management Board became aware that a staff member in its outdoor team had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). The staff member became unwell on Thursday 23 July, left work, was tested, and has been in isolation since then. The source of the infection is not yet known. DHHS has advised that contact tracing will investigate all close contacts in the 48 hours prior to the staff member becoming unwell. The staff member attended work on Wednesday 22 July but did not work on any of the three days prior. Initial contact tracing has identified four close contacts, all of whom have been contacted for testing and are in isolation. Close contacts of those four people are also in isolation pending further advice from DHHS. We are working closely with DHHS and will continue to keep you updated. The Mt Buller testing clinic will remain open beyond the usual hours, and anyone who feels unwell or is concerned should arrange to have a test and isolate immediately. Please do not come to work if you feel unwell. A reminder that if you are from Melbourne and Mitchell Shire Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions apply and travel to Mt Buller & Mt Stirling is not permitted.




28 July 2020 - Update on the coronavirus (COVID-19) case within the Mansfield Shire


Yesterday we advised that an outdoor worker within the Mt Buller & Mt Stirling Resort Management Board (RMB) team had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). The staff member lives in the Mansfield Shire, became unwell on Thursday, 23 July, was tested that day, and remains in isolation off the mountain. DHHS advises that anyone who has close contact with a confirmed case in the 48 hours prior to them becoming unwell must isolate for 14 days, and that they can only come out of isolation after receiving a negative result to a coronavirus (COVID-19) test taken on the 11th day. A close contact is defined as somebody who has had face-to-face contact for more than 15 minutes, or shared a closed space for more than two hours. The staff member had dinner at the Merrijig Motor Inn the night before they became unwell. Through traceability data, a total of 4 “close contacts” have been identified within the RMB team, as well as a further 4 members of the public who had dinner at the Merrijig Motor Inn on Wednesday, 22 July. All of these people have been tested and are in isolation in accordance with the RMB’s COVID Safe Plan. While not required by DHHS, the RMB has also traced secondary contacts, being people who had subsequent interaction with a “close contact”. These 7 staff members have all been tested and will remain in isolation until they’ve received a negative result. The Merrijig Motor Inn has also taken this step with its staff and as a precaution has decided to voluntarily close while it completed a deep clean today and until all staff member tests have returned negative. It is pleasing to see that people in Mansfield Shire and Mt Buller are paying heed to the Premier’s message to get tested if they feel unwell or have been in close contact with a confirmed case. While there were approximately 15 tests per day being done in the previous week, this has roughly doubled in the past two days. The Chief Health Officer did not report any new cases within the Mansfield Shire or Mt Buller today. The Mansfield Hospital, Mansfield medical clinics and the RMB are meeting daily to monitor the situation. Mt Buller & Mt Stirling remain open to visitors from regional Victoria, and the RMB is continuing to provide its normal range of services. This includes conducting temperature checks at Resort Entry and asking people where they have come from and why they are coming to the resorts. People from Melbourne and Mitchell Shire are reminded that Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions apply and travel to Mt Buller & Mt Stirling is not permitted. People breaching these rules could be liable for significant fines from Victoria Police. DHHS has confirmed that face masks are not compulsory for people in regional Victoria, but are recommended for anyone who cannot maintain social distancing of 1.5m.




29 July 2020 - Update on the coronavirus (COVID-19) case within the Mansfield Shire


The Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) report today is that there is one active coronavirus (COVID-19) case within the Mansfield Shire and none at Mt Buller & Mt Stirling. This is the same case we have been communicating about since Monday. We reported yesterday that eight close contacts had been identified within staff at the Mt Buller & Mt Stirling Resort Management Board (RMB) and members of the public who had dinner at the Merrijig Motor Inn on Wednesday 22 July. A close contact is somebody who had face-to-face contact with a confirmed case for more than 15 minutes, or shared a closed space with a confirmed case for more than two hours. We’re pleased to advise that five of these have returned a negative result. All eight will remain in isolation for a total of 14 days and must also receive a negative result to another test taken on the 11th day. While not required by DHHS, we also reported that the RMB decided to have an additional seven staff tested who were secondary contacts, with the Merrijig Motor Inn deciding to test six staff who could be considered secondary contacts. We’re also pleased to advise that two of these have returned a negative result. We will advise further testing results as they become available. It is great to see that people within the Mansfield Shire and Mt Buller & Mt Stirling are continuing to take testing seriously. The Mansfield Hospital, Mt Buller testing clinic, and the two Mansfield medical clinics completed a total of 40 tests today. As the Premier continues to reinforce, anyone with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms should get a test and stay home while waiting for results, and anyone who feels unwell should stay home. We remind everyone of the importance of washing/sanitising their hands regularly and maintaining physical distancing. If people within regional Victoria find it difficult to maintain 1.5 metres distance, then they should wear a face mask. We also remind people from Melbourne and Mitchell Shire that restrictions apply and they are not permitted to travel to Mt Buller & Mt Stirling. Visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au for more information.




11 August 2020 - Mansfield District Hospital coronavirus (COVID-19) Update


Click here to view the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) communication published by the Mansfield District Hospital.

For the latest health information and advice go to coronavirus.vic.gov.au




30 July 2020 - Update on the coronavirus (COVID-19) case within the Mansfield Shire


This is an update on the coronavirus (COVID-19) case identified within the Mansfield Shire earlier this week, who is an outdoor worker at the Mt Buller & Mt Stirling Resort Management Board (RMB). We are pleased to advise that all eight of the close contacts identified within the RMB and members of the public who had dinner at the Merrijig Motor Inn on Wednesday 22 July have returned a negative test. While not required by the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS), the RMB and Merrijig Motor Inn also decided to have tests completed for 13 staff who were secondary contacts, and for them to remain isolated pending the results of these tests. Seven of these people have also returned a negative result. We will advise further testing results as they become available. There has been a further positive test within the Mansfield Shire. This person has been in isolation since Thursday 23 July, which was six days before they developed any coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms. Therefore no additional close contacts have been identified as a result of this positive test. These two cases have mild symptoms and will remain in isolation until cleared by DHHS. The Mansfield Hospital, Mt Buller testing clinic, and the two Mansfield medical clinics completed 23 tests today. Anyone with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms should get a test and stay home while waiting for results, and anyone who feels unwell should stay home. As the Victorian Government announced today, from 11:59pm on Sunday 2 August, everyone in regional Victoria must wear a face covering when out of their home. The Mansfield Shire, Mansfield & Mt Buller Medical services, Police, RMB and Merrijig Motor Inn are working closely together. People from Melbourne and Mitchell Shire are reminded that they are not permitted to travel to the Mansfield region, Mt Buller or Mt Stirling. Anyone who believes a person has breached these conditions by travelling to the region or resorts is encouraged to log a report with Victoria Police by calling 11444 so that it can be investigated by the Police. Mt Buller & Mt Stirling remain open to visitors from regional Victoria. Ski lifts are running, skiing and boarding lessons are available, equipment rental outlets, retail outlets, food & beverage outlets, and commercial accommodation houses are open, and snow is being made on the village toboggan slope.




31 July 2020 - Update on the coronavirus (COVID-19) case within the Mansfield Shire


This is an update on the two coronavirus (COVID-19) cases identified within the Mansfield Shire earlier this week. All eight of the close contacts identified, within the Mt Buller & Mt Stirling Resort Management Board (RMB) and members of the public who had dinner at the Merrijig Motor Inn on Wednesday 22 July, have returned a negative test. The RMB and Merrijig Motor Inn also had tests completed for 13 staff who were secondary contacts, and 12 of them have returned a negative result. One result is yet to be received. Mt Buller & Mt Stirling remain open to visitors from regional Victoria. Visitors are reminded that from 11:59pm on Sunday 2 August they must wear a face covering when out of their home. The face covering must cover their mouth and nose when they are in a lift queue, on a ski lift, or anywhere else within the resort, but can be removed when people are actually skiing or boarding. People from Melbourne and Mitchell Shire are reminded that they are not permitted to travel to the Mansfield region, Mt Buller or Mt Stirling. Any suspected breaches should be reported to Victoria Police on 131 444 so that they can be investigated. We understand that there have been more positive coronavirus (COVID-19) tests in the Mansfield Shire today, and therefore future communications will come from the Mansfield District Hospital in collaboration with Mansfield Medical Centre and Central General Practice.




01 August 2020 - Mansfield District Hospital coronavirus (COVID-19) Update


Click here to view the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) communication published by the Mansfield District Hospital.

For the latest health information and advice go to coronavirus.vic.gov.au




02 August 2020 - Mansfield District Hospital coronavirus (COVID-19) Update


Click here to view the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) communication published by the Mansfield District Hospital.

For the latest health information and advice go to coronavirus.vic.gov.au




03 August 2020 - Mansfield District Hospital coronavirus (COVID-19) Update


Click here to view the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) communication published by the Mansfield District Hospital.

For the latest health information and advice go to coronavirus.vic.gov.au





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