Dear Member / Friend,
Qantas as you know has cut back its service to Armidale to 12 flights per week. It is likely that it will cut services further in the very near future and may result in all flights to Armidale being suspended until May 2020.
Movements are highly restricted at present and so the number of travellers has drastically reduced. Never the less if Armidale was to lose all flights that may result in the loss some essential medical services as well as other essential travel. The Chamber will urgently lobby the Local, State and Federal Governments to have at least one flight a day during this very difficult period. Maintaining services to regional NSW is essential both for usual use and development of regional areas.
RESTRICTIONS ON GATHERING AND MOVEMENT.
Yesterday, a Public Health Order was issued by the NSW Minister for Health and Medical Research. The Order is, of course, relevant for individuals and businesses. Here is a Health Department link setting out details of the Order: https://preview.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/public-health-orders
The Minister directs that a person must not, without reasonable excuse, leave the person’s place of residence. Examples of reasonable excuses are:
The two (2) person rule in a public place is in force. It does not apply to a variety of circumstances such as weddings or funerals, and also does not apply to a gathering:
This does not apply to a person’s place of residence or to gatherings of the type referred to earlier.
The NSW Government has introduced fines and penalties for people breaking rules in relation to social interaction. From midnight last night (30 March 2020) a range of penalties are in place. For Corporations there is a maximum penalty of $55,000 and a further $27,500 for each day the offence continues.
For individuals in breach of the order there is a maximum fine of $11,000 or imprisonment for 6 months, or both. For each day that the offence continues there is a penalty of $5,500.
There is also an on-the – spot fine of $1,000.
By way of update and more detailed information here is a link to a Treasury Fact Sheet Supporting Businesses to Retain Jobs dated 31 March 2020: https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus
As soon as I know further about QANTAS I will post the news. In the meantime the more stringent we are with social distancing the quicker we will get back to pre -virus life.
Armidale Business Chamber
m. 0402 838 077
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