NSW government run corporation, Reflections, who operate holiday parks throughout the state, say they are ‘closely monitoring the rapidly evolving situation, and abiding by all government directions’ when it comes to COVID-19.
Yet resident Sean O’Meara told The Echo that, ‘Unbelievably, all three Brunswick Heads Reflections caravan parks were packed last weekend, despite clear government advice on social distancing, group gatherings and non-essential travel. Massy Greene Caravan Park was heaving, with easily over 150 people squeezed into the riverfront row alone.
This row covers an area of roughly 800sqm or the size of one typical Brunswick house block.
‘Tents and caravans were about 1m apart, and often touching, and large groups of people had set up the usual communal areas for chatting and sharing meals.
‘All up, over the weekend, Reflections crammed around 1,000 tourists into their congested Brunswick Heads parks, where they share kitchen facilities and toilet blocks.
‘This was against all government advice (and plain common sense) and has subjected both their clients and the local community to high risks of COVID-19 contagion.’
A spokesperson for the company says, ‘Reflections has not been advised to close its parks and public recreation reserves, and has taken urgent measures to ensure the safety of its guests, staff and permanent residents living at the parks.’
One of the many measures Reflections say they have implemented include ‘Enforcing the minimum distance requirements of 1.5m for the setup of sites.’
Other safety measures Reflections management say they are implementing include, immediate closure of all playgrounds and swimming pools and ‘Closure of all communal guest dining areas, guest lounges, camp kitchens, and kiosk seating areas for dining. Food only take away catering is permitted at our parks’.
There are also supposed to be, ‘Increased cleaning schedules with a minimum of six cleans of all touch points and surfaces per day’.