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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 situation. This ensures consistency and ensures we can respond to the needs of our staff and community.

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

Changes to planned events

The Federal government has announced a new indoor gathering limit for Australians.

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

An indoor gathering refers to a gathering within a single enclosed area (i.e. an area, room or premises that is or are substantially enclosed by a roof and walls, regardless of whether the roof or walls or any part of them are permanent, temporary, open or closed).

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

The key message is to practice social distance by creating safe spaces around people, this includes no handshaking.

Increased hygiene protocols

Remember the most effective thing you can do is to practice good hygiene. The federal government has launched a new 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.

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 are also rolling out the use of technology to encourage teams to work remotely but still collaborate online. This will ensure our critical services are maintained for the community.

More information

The Australia Government Department of Health and NSW Health provide daily updates on their websites. You can also learn more about protective measures against coronavirus from the World Health Organization and read the ‘What you need to know ’ and ‘Isolation guidance’ information sheets.

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