Mayor urges community to seek COVID-19 facts

Monday 16 March, 2020

Tamworth Region Mayor Col Murray has stressed the importance of following advice from NSW Health with the aim of slowing the spread of COVID-19.

“The safety of our communities across the Tamworth region, our customers and employees is our top priority,” he said. “Tamworth Regional Council is following the recommendations of health experts from the NSW and Australian governments about the actions needed to slow the spread of the COVID-19.

“This includes the importance of regular hand washing and avoiding non-essential events and public gatherings of more than 500 people.”

Cr Murray said it’s important to act on the facts.

“We recommend members of our community look to the NSW Health site as the primary source of information and health updates,’’ he said.

Tamworth Regional Council General Manager, Paul Bennett, said it is Council’s aim for now to maintain its current level of service to residents and businesses.

“As the COVID-19 situation changes we will follow the advice of NSW Health,” he said. “This is an evolving issue and we will follow all expert advice and make any changes to our operations as recommended.”

Cr Murray said it is inevitable with the postponement and cancellation of major events that local businesses will take a financial hit.

“There will certainly be significant impact on our economy, in particular our tourism sector in relation to events,” he said. “We well understand the advice of NSW Health and our national leaders to abandon any gatherings over 500 people - there are lots of smaller events which are likely to continue.”

Cr Murray said there is no better time to buy local.

“While events must be cancelled in the interests of health, we can still support our local economy,” he said. “I really encourage everyone with any of their purchases to think about how they may keep our economy as strong as possible by supporting locals.”

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