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COVID-19 restrictions changes to our local industries

Our local hospitality industry is really feeling the full force of COVID-19 restrictions with recent changes to the Public Health Order for these businesses.‚Äč

The new Public Health Order, which has been issued by the NSW Government, now requires any business which sells food and drink for human consumption to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan prepared and registered with NSW Health and kept on premises at all times.

“Following this change Council has been taking a proactive approach by visiting cafes, restaurants and other small businesses to offer support and help them to understand their requirements to comply with the COVID-19 Public Health Order,” said Warrumbungle Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Denis Todd. “Council understands the hard times these businesses have had to face, so our support is a little helping hand to ensure these businesses can remain open.”

NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) is the authorised regulatory authority to enforce this COVID-19 Public Health Order and their officers will continue to visit businesses across the Warrumbungle Shire region.

“Council understands the pressure this is placing on our small businesses. Therefore, even though Council is not the enforcement agency for these restrictions Council is happy to offer support to our businesses to ensure they comply,” said Cr Todd.

There is also a requirement for a COVID-19 Safe Hygiene Marshal. This means all food outlets need to appoint a staff member as the COVID-19 Safe Hygiene Marshal. This is the dedicated person that will need to control the flow of customers through the premises and ensure they comply with the Safety Plan. There is no set uniform for the Safe Hygiene Marshal however they must wear something distinctive that allows them to be easily identified.

The requirement stipulates that large venues with the capacity of more than 250 people must have a COVID-19 Safe Hygiene Marshal on duty whenever the venue is open. Smaller venues must also have a COVID-19 Safe Hygiene Marshal during peak periods.

“Council aims to support and help local businesses during these unprecedented times and we are asking any small business who are feeling overwhelmed or need to support during this time to contact Council,” concluded Cr Todd. 

For more information contact Environment and Development Services department on (02) 6849 2000.

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Last Updated: 01 Sep 2020