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Librarians may wear masks at Helensburgh, Thirroul and Corrimal

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STAFF at Helensburgh, Thirroul and Corrimal libraries may be wearing protective face masks from today, Wednesday (August 5).

Staff at Wollongong City Council’s indoor facilities like libraries and leisure centres or the customer service centre may be wearing masks. The Council is making masks available and facilitating mask-wearing for indoor staff who have face-to-face contact with the public. Staff who aren’t working indoor and on frontline services, also have the option to wear their own masks.

The change follows updated advice from NSW Health on the use of face masks in public settings and, in particular, the recommendation that indoor, customer-facing roles wear face masks.

“There have been many conversations in the community and the media about the wearing of face masks and the how this can help stop the spread,’’ Wollongong Acting Lord Mayor Tania Brown said.

“We’re supporting our frontline staff who have direct contact with community members in an indoor space in their choice to add mask-wearing to their existing safety measures. This is in addition to social distancing, and the purpose-build Perspex screens we’ve installed on customer service counter areas.

“We all need to do our bit to help reduce the risk and the spread of Coronavirus. We know washing hands, social distancing and staying home if you’re unwell are essential must-do’s. The masks are the next step.”

Staff who may wear masks include librarians, leisure centre staff, customer service staff, social support and community transport staff and selected members of our certification, regulation and enforcement teams.

“We’ve looked at our staff whose work puts them at the highest risk and we’re supporting their option to wear face masks. Of course, in line with NSW Health advice everyone should consider wearing a mask when they’re out and about so that we can work together to protect everyone in our community from this terrible virus,’’ Cr Brown said.

“If everyone does the right thing and follows the health advice, we can support one another and we will all be much better off.’’

Note: If you want to wear a face mask NSW Health has advice on correct fit and use including this video.


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About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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