Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Bellingen Shire Council response to the Coronavirus

Updated 3 January 2022

This page provides the Bellingen Shire community with information about coronavirus (COVID-19). For the latest COVID-19 updates, alerts and resources, including information on the Omicron variant of COVID-19, please visit the NSW Government website.

Important update

On 23 December 2021, the NSW Government re-introduced some COVID-19 restrictions throughout the state. Under the new rules:

From 12:01am Friday 24 December

  • Masks will be compulsory in all indoor non-residential settings, including for hospitality staff and in offices, unless eating or drinking. 

From 12:01am Monday 27 December

  • QR code check-ins will be compulsory, including for hospitality and retail; and
  • Hospitality venues, including pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes will move to 1 person per 2 sqm rule indoors, with no density limit for outdoor settings. 

All settings will remain in place until Wednesday, 27 January 2022. 

For detailed information, see:

COVID-19 Testing

It is vital that people monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms and, if they appear, immediately get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result. For information on where to locate a test clinic visit the NSW Health website

What to do if you test positive for COVID-19

NSW Health has detailed information on what to do if you test positive for COVID-19. See Confirmed cases of COVID-19.

What to do if you're a close or casual contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case

Read the latest NSW Health instructions and advice at:

Council services


Customer Service

  • The Customer Service Centre in Hyde Street, Bellingen is open 10.00am to 2.00pm, Monday to Friday.

  • The Customer Service team is available via phone between 8.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday on 02 6655 7300


Waste Services

Regular household three-bin kerbside collections continue as normal. Waste facilities at Bellingen, Dorrigo and Raleigh will continue to operate albeit under Covid restrictions. 

The Bower House Reuse Shop at the Raleigh Waste Management Facility is now open.

Bellingen Shire Branch Libraries


Libraries are open with normal operating hours.

Council will continue to provide a ‘Click & Collect’ service. For more information, visit the Library web page .

Community Facilities

Swimming pools are now open with normal summer timetables, and lifeguard patrols continue at Bellingen Shire beaches.  

Council meetings and public forums 

For Council meeting information, see Ordinary meeting dates, agendas and minutes


Bellingen Shire Pandemic Response Group

The Bellingen Shire has a Covid Response Group who work collaboratively together to support our community comprising Council, our local Doctors and Pharmacists, the Neighbourhood Care Network, Chambers of Commerce, Services and Support Action Group. Visit


More coronavirus information

We encourage our community to follow the Public Health Order. For information visit


Information regarding individuals or businesses who are or may be contravening the current NSW Health Order should be reported to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


For the latest information on coronavirus, visit:

Australian Government Department of Health

NSW Health