Staying at home and going out

You must stay at home, unless you are going to:

  • work (where you can’t work remotely)
  • school or an educational institution
  • shop for food and essentials
  • get medical care or supplies
  • exercise.

You may only leave home with a reasonable excuse, including to:

  • avoid injury or illness or escape a risk of harm
  • deal with emergencies or on compassionate grounds
  • access childcare
  • provide care or assistance (including personal care) to a vulnerable person or to provide emergency assistance
  • attend a wedding (limited to a total of 5 people) or funeral (limited to a total of 10 people, excluding the person/s necessary to conduct the funeral e.g. funeral director)
  • move to a new place of residence, or between your different places of residence (a holiday is not an acceptable reason)
  • donate blood
  • undertake legal obligations
  • access social services, employment services, services provided to victims (including as victims of crime), domestic violence services, and mental health services
  • continue existing arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children for children who do not live in the same household as their parents or one of their parents
  • if you are a priest, minister of religion or member of a religious order, go to a place of worship or to provide pastoral care.

Social distancing

Council is observing social distancing. Social distancing reduces the risk of catching viruses like COVID-19. Please be respectful of social distancing while in public facilities. NSW Health guidelines state the following:

  • Keep a distance of 1.5 metres between yourself and other people
  • Avoid shaking hands and hugging 
  • Use debit and credit cards instead of cash and make use of online and self-serve transactions
  • Avoid crowds (where it is difficult to keep appropriate distance away from others) and avoid small gatherings in enclosed spaces.

In a place that may remain open to the public, occupiers and operators of the premises must allow at least 4 square metres of space for each person on the premises.

Public Health Orders

The above restrictions are enforceable under the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020, effective 31 March 2020, and the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Amendment Order 2020, effective 4 April 2020.

Limits on social gathering

Gathering in a public place is limited to two people. There are certain exceptions to this rule, including for a gathering:

  • for work
  • of residents from the same household
  • for a wedding (limited to a total of 5 people including the person conducting the service)
  • for a funeral (limited to a total of 10 people, not including the staff preparing and conducting the service e.g. funeral director)
  • to move to into a new home or business premises
  • to provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person
  • to provide emergency assistance
  • to fulfil a legal obligation including attending a court or tribunal, satisfying bail requirements or participating in legal proceedings).

The two person rule does not apply to people travelling in cars, or gatherings at on public transport stations or platforms.

Cleaning and sanitisation

We are increasing sanitisation at our facilities. By diverting staff from closed facilities to those that remain open we will be able to increase the frequency of cleaning.
Pools are being chlorinated daily.

Personal hygiene

The best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 is to:

  • Clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser for at least 20 seconds and wash all parts of your hands including finger tips. 
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze with your elbow. 
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Stay home if you are sick.

Food safety

Transmission through food is unlikely and no evidence that COVID-19 is spread in this way.