Covid - Update - Northern Beaches



The Premier announced on Saturday that the southern part of the Northern Beaches from midnight on 2 January is considered part of Greater Sydney in terms of restrictions. A decision regarding the northern part will be made on the 9 January 2021. Given the outstanding efforts of Health, our community and local businesses, it is anticipated that the northern part of the Northern Beaches will have the restrictions removed then.

Face masks will be compulsory in certain indoor settings, including shopping, public transport, entertainment, cinema, hair and beauty, gaming, staff in hospitality. There is a $200 fine for non compliance.

Work has commenced to open up the Council services and facilities in the southern part of the Northern Beaches. This includes 5 libraries, customer services, 2 aquatic centres, visitors information centre, vacation care, community centres, Glen Street, Manly Art Gallery, etc. Service NSW QR codes will be used and face masks utilised by customer facing indoor staff (Council is seeking clarification from Health if this applies to Child Care staff and others).

Preparations are also being made to open up services and facilities in the northern part of the Northern Beaches in anticipation of restrictions being eased on 9 January. This includes preparation for the markets at Mona Vale on 10 January 2021.

Outdoor recreation facilities including playgrounds, skate parks, ocean and harbour pools, etc, were opened last week in accordance with Health Orders. Council completed approximately 7,400 well-being calls to our vulnerable community and library members over 70

In consultation with our Chambers of Commerce, a business concierge service is being established to assist our local businesses to access the support and programs offered by Federal, State and Council.

Our Incident Management Team has continued to work through this period and has supported Health and our community. Council’s call centre has operated extended hours over the initial weekend to provide information, while essential operational staff, Rangers and lifeguard services have continued.

Ray Brownlee


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