Letter to Members; COVID-19: Victoria; COVID Safety Plans; Armidale Regional Council (8 July 2020)

July 8, 2020

Dear Member/Friend

If ever there was a reminder about how quickly this nasty virus can move, Victoria is it. It is a very timely reminder that we all must adhere to the social distancing and hygiene rules. It is easy for us to relax our guard, but the risk is very present.

The Public Health (COVID-19 Border Control) Order 2020, relates to “affected persons”, people who in the last 14 days have been in Victoria. The Order commenced at the beginning of 8 July 2020.

The Order directs that an affected person must not travel to NSW. Only certain categories of affected persons can enter NSW including:

  • returning NSW residents
  • children going to boarding school (and their parents)
  • persons providing critical services eg freight and logistics, people providing hospital or medical care.
  • persons entering child access or care arrangements
  • persons transiting out of NSW
  • seasonal workers
  • people needing medical or hospital treatment
  • people needing to meet legal obligations
  • people in border communities

In all of this, mistakes or deliberate action in breach of the rules will take place. Apparently, a Jetstar flight from Sydney to Melbourne last night disembarked passengers without being screened. If true, passengers from the flight may have now disbursed into Sydney/NSW. It highlights the need for our ongoing vigilance in order to keep the Armidale region as safe as possible and maintain and improve the local economy. Get tested if you have the slightest symptoms.

Here is a link for more information on border restrictions: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/what-you-can-and-cant-do-under-rules/border-restrictions#restricted-entry-for-people-who-have-been-in-victoria

Businesses are reminded of the need to put in place a COVID Safety Plan. The NSW Government has provided advice on Plans and templates for it.: https://www.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/businesses-must-embrace-covid-safe-measures

Susan Law, as you will know, has resigned as CEO. Her term will end on 31 July 2020. Presumably, the Administrator, Viv May, will now look to finding her replacement.

Di Gray has resigned as a Councillor, as has the Mayor, Simon Murray and Deputy Mayor, Libby Martin and Councillor Widders. That leaves 7 out of 11 Councillors to resume their posts whenever the Administration is concluded.

Stay safe and stay distant.

Kind Regards,


Anthony Fox

Armidale Business Chamber
0402 838 077

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