NORTHERN Grampians Shire residents will have to note restrictions for emergency relief centres across 2022's bushfire season.
Despite shires across the Wimmera electing not to have in-person relief centres, Northern Grampians Shire will continue to have a centre point.
Northern Grampians Shire Council mayor Murray Emerson said the council will follow state guidelines.
"In the event of an emergency, Northern Grampians Shire Council will be running relief centres as mandated by the State Government Coronavirus restrictions at that point in time and with reference to our existing emergency management procedures," he said.
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"This may mean that our Emergency Relief Centres will be open but with a limited capacity due to COVID density quotients for each venue."
Other Wimmera shires, Horsham Rural City Council, Hindmarsh Shire, Yarriambiack Shire and West Wimmera Shire elected to not have a standard meeting point during emergencies due to crowding.
Wimmera Emergency Management Co-ordinator John Hutchins said social distancing rules meant it might not be possible to establish the usually crowded meeting place that people may be familiar with during a disaster.
"Instead, there will be a virtual relief centre involving council emergency management staff working hard behind the scenes to provide affected people with information and deliver access to relief support services to assist with their immediate needs," Mr Hutchins said.
For further information about the Northern Grampians Shire's emergency planning, visit ngshire.vic.gov.au/Emergencies
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