Monday, 28 December 2020

The Premier, Minister for Health, and Chief Health Officer have outlined arrangements for coming days and obviously we on the northern beaches are most keen to know when we will be able to welcome or visit family and friends from outside of our zones.

At this stage current movement restrictions will be in place until January 9 for the northern zone and January 2 for the southern zone.

Our community spirit has proven as strong as ever these recent weeks but it has been an emotional rollercoaster for many who have not been able to share Christmas and holiday traditions with family.

None of us want these restrictions in place for a moment longer than needed.

Importantly, we may leave our homes for outdoor recreation activities to support our mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. This includes picnics, golf, tennis, water-based activities (swimming, boating, jet-skiing, fishing, paddle boarding), and taking children to outdoor public playgrounds. In the northern zone, no more than 5 northern zone residents can participate. In the southern zone, no more than 10 southern zone residents can participate.

For family and friends outside of our zone, we all look forward to the happy reunions to come.

A key weapon we can deploy in this battle against COVID is testing – we need to keep our testing numbers high for restrictions to be eased as quickly as possible.

If you have not had a test in December, I encourage you to get tested. If you have recently been tested and it came back as negative, and only now are you feeling the mildest of symptoms, get tested again.

Only with high testing numbers can NSW Health have sufficient assurance that cases are not slipping under the radar.

To find testing clinics near you visit www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/how-to-protect-yourself-and-others

For the latest information about what we can and cannot do in coming days, including special exceptions for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, visit www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

Please also continue to support our local small businesses by ordering takeaway, home delivery, and online purchases.