Essential Advice for Businesses
Bellingen Council is actively working with retail premises within the shire to ensure high standards of hygiene and infection control measures are being maintained. As a business operator you must stay informed of changes to the legislative requirements for your industry, you must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan available for inspection, business will be inspected by an authorised person to ensure that the matters in the safety plan are being implemented.
Businesses have an obligation to comply with the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 4) 2020 (the Public Health Orders) in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under the Public Health Orders, cafes, restaurants, small bars, microbreweries, pubs and clubs have been allowed to open to the public for limited purposes and subject to the conditions set out in the Public Health Orders. These conditions include the development of and compliance with a COVID-19 Safety Plan that address the matters in the published checklist relevant to that industry or venue type. https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/covid-safe-businesses
Further COVID-19 (Coronavirus) food safety advice for Business and Consumers, can be found on the Food Authority web site https://www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au/help/covid-19-advice-for-businesses#
If you require assistance with implementing your business COVID-19 Safety Plan, please contact council and a delegated officer will be able to assist.
Our Coronavirus safety measures
We are deeply concerned by the COVID-19 outbreak and the safety and wellbeing of our community and particularly our most vulnerable, our staff, councillors and volunteers is a priority for Council. We are following the advice of the Australian Government, World Health Organisation (WHO) and NSW Health in the implementation of workplace measures to help minimise any possible infections. Council is taking a risk management approach to the pandemic and seeking to minimise any potential impact.
We please ask that if you are showing any of the symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in contact with anyone who has been diagnosed or showing symptoms of COVID-19, that you not use a Council facility at this time.
Get the Australian Department of Health's Coronavirus App
You can use the Australian Government Coronavirus app to stay up to date with the official information and advice, get important health advice to help stop the spread and stay healthy, get a quick snapshot of the current official status within Australia, check your symptoms if you are concerned about yourself or someone else, find relevant contact information, access updated information from the Australian Government and receive push notifications of urgent information and updates.
All information in the Australian Government Coronavirus app is sourced from Australia’s leading health organisations and has undergone a quality assurance process so people can know it is safe, appropriate and relevant for Australians.
Impacted programs, services and facilities
Council events and public programs in our facilities have been impacted and a number of our facilities are now closed. Please follow this link to detailed information on the affected services and facilities.
Community Support Updates
The Bellingen Shire Coronavirus Pandemic Response Group is made up of representatives from Council, local medical, emergency, Chambers of Commerce and community service providers jointly focusing their efforts on the key community areas of clinical support, community preparedness and resilience, community information, business support services and the maintenance of Council’s essential community services. For further information on the actions of this group and community support initiatives and updates, follow this link.
Information for Business
Below are links to resources for business owners who are looking for Coronavirus information and guidelines, as well as business support:
- NSW Small Business Commissioner
- Advice for Food Businesses
- Australian Government
- Support Local - Bellingen Shire Business Sustainability
For Council's current media releases follow this link.
What is COVID-19
A respiratory illness caused by a virus.
Symptoms range from a mild cough to pneumonia, and include:
- Flu-like symptoms - coughing, sore throat, fatigue,
- Shortness of breath.
On 30 January 2020 the World Health Organisation declared the coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The Australian Government has recently activated its Australian Health Sector Emergency Response Plan, in response to the outbreak.
Get the most up to date information, in relation to confirmed cases in NSW here.
A collaborative effort by the private medical and health practitioners across the Bellingen Shire has resulted in the establishment of a dedicated COVID-19 testing clinic.
The COVID Clinic has been established by local doctors and nurses to provide a single point for the assessment and testing of anyone in Bellingen Shire (including Dorrigo, Thora, Urunga, Kalang, Raleigh etc) who thinks they may have a Coronavirus (COVID) infection.
No other medical problems will be dealt with at the COVID Clinic – you should see your usual GP for those.
To fond out more about the COVID Clinic click here .
If you develop flu like symptoms and are concerned, you should contact your Doctor, a hospital emergency department or call Healthdirect 1800 022 222.
You can also call the Coronavirus Health Information Line for advice on 1800 020 080. If you require translating or interpreting services call 131 450.
The best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is the same way you would protect yourself from catching flu or other respiratory illness:
- Clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser for at least 20 seconds and wash all parts of your hands including finger tips.
- Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze with your elbow.
- Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
- Stay home if you are sick.
For more Information
A collection of resources for the general public and industry about coronavirus is available on the Australian Government's Department of Health website here.
Further information is available from the following agencies: