Victor Harbor has its first positive test for COVID-19 (coronavirus)

TROUBLED TIMES: Ocean Street Bakehouse manager Priscilla Gorman and Member for Finniss David Basham promote that some businesses are still open. Visit www.victorharbortimes.com.au for update.
TROUBLED TIMES: Ocean Street Bakehouse manager Priscilla Gorman and Member for Finniss David Basham promote that some businesses are still open. Visit www.victorharbortimes.com.au for update.

Victor Harbor has its first positive test for coronavirus. This comes after the positive test for a Yankalilla netballer last week.

SA Health will not divulge further information on individual cases unless there is a public safety risk in the interest of patients' privacy, but The Times has confirmed one male has tested positive and is self-isolating and following medical guidelines.

Member for Finniss David Basham said COVID-19 had put a strain on all communities and the Fleurieu Peninsula was no exception.

"Our community is experiencing significant disruption as this situation develops, especially people whose businesses and jobs have been affected," Mr Basham said.

Owner-manager of the Grosvenor Hotel Andrew Hill has been instrumental in raising funds for many not-for-profit organisations for the 14 years he has been in charge of the business and now has been forced to close his doors.

"We will close for two months, possibly three. We have no drive-through outlet and we are not geared for take-away so we have no choice," Mr Hill said.

"This could be crippling. The hotel has been an integral landmark in Victor Harbor for more than 130 years and to my recollection this will be a first for it to close its doors for this length of time."

The Grosvenor Hotel had 24 staff, who are now without jobs.

EMPTY DINING ROOM: The Grosvenor Hotel's Andrew Hill has reluctantly closed his doors due to the impact of the coronavirus.

EMPTY DINING ROOM: The Grosvenor Hotel's Andrew Hill has reluctantly closed his doors due to the impact of the coronavirus.

Priscilla Gorman, of the Ocean Street Bakehouse, said the bakery would remain open despite a "dramatic" downturn in business.

"We are staying positive. The dine-in will stop and we will move to just take-away. It is tough. I am a strong person, but I often have a tear in my eye," Ms Gorman said.

"We are taking responsible measures to be as safe as possible to prevent the spread of the virus. We have a barrier up so customers can keep their required distance from each other."

Mr Basham said he was confident in the community's resilience in the face of this crisis.

"While governments are working to stimulate the economy in this difficult time, we can all help by supporting those local businesses remaining open to offer take-away and/or delivery services while remembering to make sure we observe social distancing and other sensible precautions to protect our health and that of others," Mr Basham said.

"Many people are understandably very concerned by what is happening. Our best approach is to stay informed and up-to-date with trusted sources and follow the advice to slow the spread of COVID-19: wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, keep your distance, avoid non-essential travel and observe the restrictions on gatherings.

"This is an unprecedented event, however I want to assure our community and our local businesses affected by the crisis that state government is doing everything it can to safeguard the health of South Australians and keep our economy going in this global pandemic. With all of us working together, we will get through this."

Hotels and restaurants offering takeaway options

The office of David Basham, Member for Finniss, has prepared a spreadsheet of all local hotels and restaurants now offering takeaway options. This list will be updated regularly.

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