RVC statement on COVID-19 Public Health Order

Following the introduction of the Public Health (COVID-19 Public Events) Order 2020, Richmond Valley Council will be following the advice of the Australian Government and NSW Health for its own events, and will liaise with community organisers to assist where appropriate once they have weighed up their options.

The Public Health Order is in place until Sunday 14 June and with almost 20 events scheduled for the Richmond Valley in the first half of the year, including the Primex Field Days and Beef Week Festival, time is of the essence for organisers to consider their options.

General Manager Vaughan Macdonald said he was confident organisers’ decisions would be made on the advice of health experts, and would be in the best interests of the community.

Mr Macdonald said Council remained committed to supporting local events, and would work closely with organisers with communication support, advice and information.

“We know these events are largely run by volunteers and the benefits to the community are immeasurable so our help is really important for these dedicated event organisers and their teams,” he said.

Mr Macdonald said RVC was taking measured precautions to ensure staff and the community were kept safe, closely following any advice provided by the Federal and State health authorities.

He said RVC was proactively coordinating its approach to the risk.

“Business continuity plans are being reviewed and updated as required,” Mr Macdonald said.

“To date, we have not been informed of any staff who recently travelled to countries where the virus is prevalent, or who were in contact with those who had.”

According to Mayor Robert Mustow, the best way to reduce the risk of coronavirus was all about the technique: “Wash your hands, and follow good sneezing and coughing protocols.”

Cr Mustow said checking on your elderly family members and neighbours should also be a priority.

He said while there was no need to panic, people should take steps to prepare and protect themselves and others from this new coronavirus.

“I urge people to please listen to health experts’ official messaging, not take advice from misleading social media commentators.”

Official links to the NSW Health website, which is being updated regularly and contains answers to a list of FAQs, are listed below.

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