Outback travel capital Winton has joined other western councils in closing its roads and services to tourists.
As tourism attractions close across the region, Winton Mayor Gavin Baskett said council was focused on protecting the health and safety of residents.
"Any tourists planning a trip to Winton are requested to cancel their plans until it is safe to travel," Cr Baskett said.
"All non-essential travel needs to stop now."
The call comes as other northern shires such as Carpentaria is closing down its external road network to non-essential travel
Cr Baskett said local grocery stores were struggling to supply locals with basic supplies.
"Our health service cannot support tourists and our local population should there be an outbreak of COVID-19 in our community."
Winton Shire Council has closed a number of its facilities to the public:
They include Council Depot, Winton Swimming Pool, Winton Gym, Winton Library (home delivery available for online and phone orders), 60's & Better, Waltzing Matilda Centre, Outback Regional Gallery, Visitor Information Services (phone service still available, Youth Centre, Garden Club, Winton Showgrounds and . Winton Shire Hall.
The Eric Lenton Memorial Sports and Recreational Ground remains open for independent exercise only.
The following services will remain open: Council Administrations Office (Phone and email enquiries encouraged), Winton Neighbourhood Centre (Phone and email enquiries encouraged), Aged and Disability Services and Little Swaggies Child Care.
Cr Baskett encouraged locals to support local business at this time.
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