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In response to the evolving situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19), Council is continuing to take measured precautions to ensure we keep our staff and community safe.

We are closely following all advice provided by the Federal and State health authorities and we will continue to update information as it comes to hand.

Incident Management Team

Council has established an Incident Management Team to oversee and coordinate how the organisation is responding to the evolving situation. This ensures a consistent, coordinated, fast and flexible response for our staff and community.

The team will be constantly monitoring advice and assessing the impact on Council services. We will keep the community informed at all times.

Changes to planned events

The Federal government has announced indoor gathering limits for Australians.

Public gatherings, excluding household members, have been reduced to a maximum of ten people. Please view the latest update here.

This does not apply to essential activities such as public transportation facilities, medical and health care facilities, pharmacies, emergency service facilities, correctional facilities, youth justice centres or other places of custody, courts or tribunals, Parliaments, food markets, supermarkets and grocery stores, shopping centres, office buildings, factories, construction sites, and mining sites, where it is necessary for their normal operation (although other social distancing and hygiene practices may be required in these settings).

All events run by Northern Beaches Council will be suspended or postponed at this time. See here for more details.

Increased hygiene protocols

Remember the most effective things you can do is to practice social distancing (stay 1.5m from others) and good hygiene. The Federal government has launched a campaign for the community on how to best protect yourself: more info.

Council has increased hygiene protocols at all our public facilities including installation of hand sanitiser and posters and stickers with hand washing instructions as well as additional cleaning services.

We will also be asking anyone coming into a Council facility to apply the hand sanitiser provided at the entrance to the building.

COVID-19 testing 

There are clinics also available at Mona Vale and Northern Beaches Hospitals. For full details visit NSW Health.

The Australian Government COVIDSafe app

The COVIDSafe app is a key part of the Australian Government’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. Having the confidence to find and contain outbreaks quickly will mean governments can ease restrictions while still keeping Australians safe. 

The new COVIDSafe app is completely voluntary. Downloading the app is something you can do to protect your family and friends and save the lives of other Australians. The more Australians that connect to the COVIDSafe app, the quicker the virus is found and all necessary actions taken to contain an outbreak.

Looking after our staff

We value the health and wellbeing of our staff. To support this we are implementing a range of measures to allow our staff to work from home or other locations to promote safe working environments. We have also rolled out technology to encourage teams to work remotely but still collaborate online. This is ensuring our critical services are maintained for the community.

More information

The Australia Government Department of Health and NSW Health provide regular updates on their websites.

Read about the covid-19 health alert and in particular, how to protect yourself and others.

You can also learn more about protective measures against coronavirus from the World Health Organization.

Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade is also updating the Smartraveller website regularly.