The Illawarra Shoalhaven Health District (ISLHD) is urging visitors to the region this long weekend to be vigilant in practising physical distancing, good hand hygiene and cough etiquette to protect themselves and others from the spread of COVID-19.
With eased restrictions allowing for travel to regional NSW for a holiday, the District’s Public Health Director Curtis Gregory is urging visitors to support local communities and businesses by maintaining physical distancing when visiting tourist spots.
“The ability of people to move around NSW is such a great vote of confidence that the distancing measures we all undertook have successfully slowed the spread of COVID-19,’’ Mr Gregory said.
“However, with further restrictions lifted this week, it’s essential that everyone maintains physical distancing of 1.5 metres and regularly washes their hands to minimise the risk of transmitting COVID-19. People who may show no obvious symptoms, or have very mild symptoms, can unknowingly pass it to others if they are incubating the infection.
This week’s eased restrictions have seen some camping grounds and caravan parks re-open as well as museums, galleries and libraries and they also allow for pubs, clubs cafes and restaurants to have up to 50 customers per separate seated food and drink area when they can still maintain physical distancing.
Gatherings at home remain at five visitors inside and outside at 10. The current rule which ensures businesses maintain 4 square metres of space for each person continues.
Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District COVID-19 testing is available at Wollongong, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven and Milton Ulladulla Hospitals. People do not need a GP referral, but are encouraged to phone ahead for an appointment.
Details of all clinics around NSW including locations and opening times, can be found on the NSW Health website.