Letter to Member; COVID-19 Advisory Update as at 25 March 2020

March 25, 2020

Dear Member/friend

We are in a very serious situation. Covid-19 is spreading rapidly and into the regions with there being 2 positive cases in Inverell and 1 in Tamworth as well as cases in other areas.

This is not cause for panic or panic buying, but does call for everyone in business or elsewhere to stringently follow the recommendations of the health authorities. I appreciate some information has been confusing but common sense, for which country people are renown, enables you to cut through ambiguity and be very cautious about your business and daily activities. Health and business are interrelated. We need to work on both fronts, being tough in relation to social-distancing and hygiene as well as supporting business.

The Chamber Committee and I are very keen to help businesses in whatever way we can, but we must conquer the health issues first.

Below is a link to the most recent requirements of the Federal Government in relation to businesses and individuals, given last night. Please follow them.


In terms of business, innovative ideas are being put in place. For food delivery. We have recently started two Facebook groups to provide a forum for our member’s and our business community to engage with us and each other as we grapple with changed ways of doing business.

The first, COVID-19 Business Advisory and Resources group has been established to share credible business and economic information and  provide you with resources that you may find useful.

The second,  Re-imagining and Re-engineering Business group provides a forum for our members and the greater business community to share how they are approaching the rapidly changing business environment in which we are operating.

We invite you to let us know what information you would like us to be providing for you, and to share with us how you are innovating in your business in response to the impact of COVID-19, to brainstorm, to share any great ideas you may have come across. And to ask for advice and support when you need it.

Join our Facebook groups:

I will let you know the outcome of the meeting this morning between representatives of business and Armidale Regional Council once the minutes become available.

Lastly, I agree with what Adam Marshall has recently said about Hunter New England Health. That organisation has a responsibility to let people know where in its area positive cases have been recorded. We don’t need or want their personal details, but information about towns assists people in going about their activities. This is a time to be transparent not restrained in giving information.

Kind regards,


Anthony Fox
Armidale Business Chamber
m. 0402 838 077