Information for the Warren Shire Community regarding business operations and COVID-19 May 15

15 May 2020

This week the NSW Premier has made announcements about the reopening of businesses and facilities for the community use. Her announcement also came with a warning for everyone to social distance, to respect the number limits placed on venues and to ensure that you do not come in contact with others who have a potential to spread this virus.

Council and its staff have been working through the Federal Government’s 3 Step Framework for a COVID Safe Australia to ensure that the Federal and NSW Health Department advice on sanitising can be undertaken for public facilities such as playground and gym equipment.

Council would like to take a cautious approach to reopening our facilities as the Warren Shire Community has been very fortunate to only have one (1) reported case of COVID-19 and we would like to ensure that the health and safety of our community is at the forefront in all our decisions when we reopen our facilities.

We are aware that some of the closures have impacted on our community such as the Service NSW Agency and some of our sporting or recreational facilities. These have been closed as required by NSW Government advice as to staff and community protection and in time these will reopen, but under a controlled process to assist social distancing.

The first facility we believe can open is the showground racecourse area on the basis that each user group ensures that they maintain social distancing and take responsibility to clean and sanitise their facilities. We will progressively open areas such as the skate park, Macquarie Park and the outdoor gym at Victoria Park. Again, this will require each user to bring their own sanitiser, hand wipes or cleaning products to be used whilst at the facility and to clean equipment after you use it.

It will be said that cleaning is a Council responsibility, which it is, and we will clean equipment regularly, but disease spread from one person to another person is all our responsibility and to ensure you or a family member are protected, we ask that you take responsibility with us to reduce the virus spread.

We ask that the community be patient, remain attentive to social distancing and take your own precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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