Between states, between regions and sometimes between neighbourhoods, the constant updates to health regulations mean that often we may be in danger of receiving a Penalty Infringement Notice (PIN) over breaches of the Public Health Act because we just did’t know.
If you’re confused about what you can and can’t do under the constantly changing COVID restrictions the COVID-19 Restriction Checker is an online tool that helps you work out what you need to know about restrictions.
Healthy North Coast CEO Julie Sturgess is encouraging people to make use of the checker. ‘It’s been developed by the national, government-owned Healthdirect organisation.
‘It’s regularly updated so you can feel confident that you’re getting the latest information and is useful for people who might be needing to cross borders
There is a lot of information about what you need to know about restrictions for: accommodation; cafes and restaurants; domestic travel; entertainment venues; weddings, funerals and religion.
The site has information from knowing when and where it is mandatory to wear a face mask to carrying your proof of address or visiting friends and relatives.
The resource also offers information about the latest COVID-19 government advice and orders, hotspots, and testing clinics.
Visit www.healthdirect.gov.au/covid19-restriction-checker/activity for more information.
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Lack of vaccines is responsible for low vaccination rate, not vaccine hesitancy. The impending lifting of the Sydney lockdown threatens people's health in the Northern Rivers and may lead to the region’s hospital capacity being overrun.
Two new cases of COVID-19 have been identified on the North Coast of NSW casting doubt over Byron Shire coming out of lockdown at midnight.
Byron Shire Mayor Michael Lyon is refusing to join other health, political and community leaders in calls for people to receive a COVID 19 vaccine.
The Northern NSW Local Health District says fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 were detected in samples taken from the North and South Grafton sewage treatment plants on 24 September.
Police say a woman has been charged and four Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs) issued following a beach party in the Byron Bay area overnight.
Councillors and members of parliament from across the region are calling for greater restrictions on who can come to the Northern Rivers and other vulnerable regional areas from COVID hotspots in NSW.
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As the Northern Rivers goes back into lockdown once again as a result of people coming to the area from Sydney it has been revealed that the ‘Crisis Cabinet’ failed to meet during key crisis points.
Northern NSW Local Health District has been notified of a number of new venues of concern associated with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the region. There have also been positive detection of COVID fragments at Ballina and Wardell sewage treatment plants.
The Northern NSW Local Health District held a press conference at Lismore Base Hospital this afternoon.