Letter to Member; COVID-19 Getting Back To A New Normal (21 May 2020)

May 21, 2020

Dear Member / Friend,

It's great to see that we continue to head back to pre Covid-19 conditions. That of course does not mean we can relax the rules about social distancing and hand hygiene.

As at yesterday in Australia there were 7,079 Covid-19 cases (3,081 for New South Wales), with 100 deaths and 6,444 cases recovered. Substantial testing is being carried out in NSW. Anyone with the slightest symptoms – fever, coughing, sore throat or shortness of breath – should seek medical help from a doctor or hospital, calling ahead to book an appointment or have a test.

As the rules concerning gatherings, social distancing and travel are changing, it is important to continue to observe the rules and keep an eye on yourself as Covid-19 has not gone away. See this link for further information: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/what-you-need-to-know-about-coronavirus-covid-19#how-to-seek-medical-attention

As from 1 June 2020 intrastate regional travel for holidays can occur as long as social distancing and good hygiene are observed. This is great news for tourism in regional areas; in particular tourism in the Armidale region. We should now be promoting our region to assist the tourism, accommodation and hospitality industries., which have suffered badly as a result of the pandemic.

Visitors can come from all around Australia, though may have to deal with isolation rules upon their return to their own States or Territories.  Hopefully other States and Territories will now relax their border rules.

Please see the attached: https://www.nsw.gov.au/news/holiday-travel-restrictions-to-be-lifted-from-1-june-2020

These will be open to the public from I June. These institutions will need to observe social distancing rules and good hygiene. Returned books will undergo a 24-hour quarantine period.  These institutions will need to work out how many people can visit and how they visit given rules such as the 4 square metre rule.

For further information please see the SMH article; https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/galleries-libraries-the-latest-to-be-given-a-date-to-reopen-20200519-p54uis.html

NSW Small Business Grant – up to $10,000. Applications for this grant close on 1 June 2020. If you haven’t already, please check eligibility criteria to see if you are able to obtain a grant.

The Council of Small Business Organisations Australia (COSBOA). There are 67 grants of $10,000 available. The grants are designed to assist businesses recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic. Applications open from 25 May 2020 and close at 5pm on 1 June 2020.

Here is a planning tool provided by the Federal Government to assist businesses reopening for business and to be COVIDSafe.  While I appreciate common sense plays a big part in the operation of a business, the planning tool is useful. It also includes a section on accessing support and assistance.


Best wishes and stay distant.


Anthony Fox

Armidale Business Chamber

0402 838 077

Armidale Business Chamber FREE business coaching package April 2020


The Armidale Business Chamber has put together a free business coaching package to support business as they adjust to significant change under very tight timeframes and difficult circumstances.

In partnership with Mandy Walker of Focus First the Chamber is providing a 45 minute one on one business coaching consultation (via phone).  Each session is tailored to the needs of the individual business, whether those are: 'tactical and practical, providing help with navigating the now; or survival, keeping your business afloat; or for future planning, reimagining your business or starting a new one.

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