Closures begin

More local events impacted as total cases of COVID-19 virus in Victoria rises to 57
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IT’S not known yet exactly how severe local events will be impacted by the Federal Government’s announcement to cancel all mass gatherings attended by more than 500 people – including football games, concerts and conferences from today.
Major sports such as horse racing, NRL and AFL have already announced they will play to closed arenas and more and more major entertainment events were cancelled.
Schools, universities and transport centres are not included in the bans at present although they have been shut down in other countries due to the virus.
However, with eight new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) confirmed on Saturday – bringing the total number of cases in Victoria to 57, organisations have begun contacting the Wangaratta Chronicle with their own cancellations.
Galen College has cancelled parent teacher interviews scheduled for today.
Monday will remain student free but staff will be in attendance working on preparing materials in case of any future government ordered school closure.
Principal Bernard Neal said the school had not received any further news relating to school closures but it seems highly likely that this will come at some stage.
“We will also discuss possible options for communicating with parents around their child’s progress,” he said.
The school has already cancelled any overseas travel (Timor immersion, VEX Robotics) in the immediate future and will continue to monitor the situation and other trips scheduled for later in the year may also be cancelled depending on how the situation unfolds and over what length of time.

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