Mayor urges people to heed COVID-19 measures

Coastal-south.jpg

Mayor Mark Honey has urged the community to heed the COVID-19 measures announced by authorities.

Councillor Honey said he was disappointed many people were ignoring advice about practise social distancing, mass gatherings and bulk buying.

“On the weekend a number of our beaches were crowded, and pubs over flowing, so much so police were called,” Clr. Honey said.

“The simple message is: the party is over. If you’re lifestyle hasn’t changed, you are not taking this pandemic seriously.”

“Please follow the advice of authorities when it comes to staying at home, and avoiding unnecessary trips and visits.”

“This is not the time to go down the coast to your holiday house or caravan, or visit your relatives for a birthday.”

Clr. Honey said Kiama Council has a business continuity plan to ensure it can continue to operate during the pandemic.

Council has established a COVID-19 Response Team which meets daily to consider our actions regarding our staff and our community.

“Measures are in place to ensure our staff and people visiting our buildings are as safe as possible.”

“Of course, if you can use our online services, email or phone for your enquiry or transaction, please do so.”

Clr. Honey said with school students soon to be at home, it was important for adults to show leadership when it came to COVID-19 precautions.

“Our youngsters will need support and instruction when they are at home. This is not a holiday, but a public health emergency.”

“We need to demonstrate a level of discipline. If we don’t take this seriously, why should our kids?”

Clr. Honey said as the Kiama municipality had a significant population of people aged 60 and over, it is vitally important that we observe the direction of authorities.

“Our elderly are the ones most vulnerable at this time. Our own Blue Haven team has introduced restrictions to protect their residents.”
  
“I ask everyone to consider their friends and loved ones, and the wider community, when making plans for the coming weeks.

Please refer to Kiama Council’s COVID-19 web page to stay up to date with changes to our facilities and services:
 
www.kiama.nsw.gov.au/covid-19