Reminder to follow current Covid-19 public health order over the weekend

RESIDENTS are encouraged to do the right thing this weekend and to follow the current public health order if they are out and about.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said there are specific reasons for people to be out in the community and is asking people when they are going to the shops or for exercise to be extra careful, cautious and mindful of others.

Cr Bradbery said it has been heartening to see so many people out exercising and using the diverse range of Council-managed spaces to do so.

“Exercise is so important to everyone’s mental health and wellbeing, as well as providing a welcome break to home schooling or zoom meetings,’’ Cr Bradbery said.

“In recognition of the importance of exercise we have turned on the lights on a number of our sportsfields from 4.30-9pm to provide people with an opportunity to exercise in a socially-distant way. The details of which sportsfields can be found on Council’s website for those who are motivated to exercise that way, although I appreciate this isn’t necessarily the venue of choice for everyone!

“We are also seeing lots of people walking and riding along the foreshore areas – we just need to make sure we’re all keeping our distance as we do so. One of the things we love about our city is its diverse outdoor spaces so if your usual haunt is busy, I’d suggest thinking of somewhere new to explore.

“Social distancing is also very important for those using our playgrounds. It’s essential kids have an opportunity to get out and run around, but we all need to work together to ensure they’re doing it in a safe way and keeping 1.5m apart and that adults supervising young kids in the playground are wearing masks, if it’s appropriate to do so.’’

Cr Bradbery said it was important for people to remember that being out exercising is not an opportunity to socialise and people should just give a wave and stay clear of each other. Plus, people should not be sitting at picnic tables or in park shelters to enjoy their takeaway coffee or food.

Council continues to have staff undertaking critical services that keep public amenities, bins and parks clean and tidy. Council crews are also on the ground prioritising essential works that support public safety such as pothole repairs.

Cr Bradbery encourages everyone to keep up to date with the latest news and alerts from NSW Health, to get tested if they’re feeling unwell and if they see people not following the Public Health Orders to report their concerns to NSW Police.

“This is not a time to let down our guard. We need to remain vigilant. Keep your distance from others, only leave home for the right reasons and if you’re unwell, please get tested,’’ he said.

Cr Bradbery said people could stay update to date on changes to Council services, by visiting its website’s dedicated COVID-19 page.

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About Mick Roberts

A 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 Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is 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 managed several community newspapers. He has been 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), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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