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COVID-19 Updates

 

Community Information Session

On 30 July 2021, Georges River Council, Mayor Kevin Greene and representatives from NSW Health and NSW Police held a COVID-19 Community Information Session. This covered the current Health Orders and Restrictions affecting our LGA. We have provided the links to this Community Information Session below.

We would like to advise that this advice is current as of 30th July 2021.
Please visit the NSW Health website for updated information.


- The presentation can be viewed here: Community Information Session - Presentation
- The Questions and Answers can be viewed here: Questions and Answers
- The online webinar can be viewed below.

The NSW Government announced that the current stay-at-home orders will be extended across all of Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour until  Saturday, 28 August at 12.01am.

Everyone in Greater Sydney must stay at home unless it is for an essential reason. 

Georges River is now an LGA of concern and is subject to an Authorised Workers Order. Only authorised workers may leave their LGA for work. The eight LGAs of concern are as followed.

1.

Georges River

5. Blacktown 

2.

Canterbury-Bankstown

6. Cumberland

3.

Fairfield

7. Parramatta

4.

Liverpool

8. Campbelltown

Given the low vaccination rates and the number of infectious cases in the community, restrictions are constantly changing to further limit the spread of the COVID-19 Delta strain. Please view the NSW Government Health site for up to date details.

Georges River Council has prepared some information and links to government websites and public health agencies for Coronavirus (COVID-19) support. Please click or expand the links below for more information.  

  • Public Health Order released
    The NSW Government has released the new Public Health Order to enforce COVID-19 restrictions for Greater Sydney.

    The Public Health (COVID-19 Temporary Movement and Gathering Restrictions) Order 2021 enforces stay-at-home orders and other restrictions for Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour until 11.59pm on Friday July 30.
     
    The Public Health Order can be accessed by clicking here.

    Please click here to view other COVID-19 related legislation.
  • Latest COVID-19 news and updates
    Information regarding the latest COVID-19 case locations and alerts in NSW, can be located on the NSW Health website.

    The NSW Health site also provides current and updated information on how to stay safe and healthy, symptoms, testing, statistics, resources, rules and legislation and how to make your business COVID safe.
     
  • Changes to our services

    Due to the NSW Government's Stay at Home orders in place, we have made changes to our services. We have listed the services that are affected below. Please check this page regularly as we will post more information about our services over the coming days.
     

    The following services are closed

    - Face to face services are closed, online and phone services are still available
    - All of our libraries and return chutes are closed. You can call Georges River Libraries on 9330 6111
    - Venues, community centres and galleries (Hurstville Museum and Gallery) is closed
    - Community sport including training on our sporting fields are cancelled
    - Most events have been postponed or cancelled. Please check our Whats On page for further details or updates.
    - Most Georges River Council facilities are closed. These include Hurstville Aquatic Centre, Sans Souci Leisure Centre and more. Please call ahead before heading out to any facilities.

     

    The following services are still available

    - You can call Council on 9330 6400
    - You can access Council services online at www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au including rate payments, live chat, service request lodgements and other information.
    - A drop box is available outside the Civic Centre if you need to drop off any documents for Council.
    - Your Georges River Library membership gives you access to e-services that you can access from home. This includes e-Books, e-Audiobooks, digital magazines, comics, story time, activities and online learning courses. Access all of our online resources at our website on the eLibrary page
    - Essential services such as bin collection will continue to operate as normal
    - Childrens services at all our childcare centres will be operating with additional measures in place to protect the community
    - Outdoor venues, including parks and sports fields for exercise limited to two people (excluding members of the same household) and in your Local Government Area or within 10kms of home, with no carpooling between non-household members; 
  • Georges River Local Government Area and 5 km radius
    The stay at home orders and restrictions for Georges River now limits movement to 5 km from your home. We have provided some resources and tools to help the community determine the 5 km radius.
     

    Georges River Local Government Area (LGA)

    The following document outlines the 5 km radius both from the centre of the LGA and from the LGA boundary.

    -    5 km radius from the centre of the LGA is shown in orange
    -    5 km radius from the LGA boundary in shown in green

    To view the map, please click on the Georges River LGA - 5 km radius document.
     

    Interactive map

    The NSW Government Health website provides a map where you can enter your home address, and this shows a 5km radius around your home. To view the map, please visit the NSW Government Health website.
     

    Neighbourhood Maps

    Our online maps show the wards, suburbs, streets and properties within Council’s boundary. 

    You can use our Neighbourhood Maps to find the location of services we provide, including customer service centres, libraries, childcare centres, parks and reserves.

  • Vaccinations for COVID-19

    More than one million free COVID-19 vaccine doses have already been given in NSW. Getting vaccinated is key to helping protect ourselves, our loved ones and the community.

    Vaccinations are available at participating general practices or NSW Health vaccination clinics. There are more than 1,000 vaccination locations across NSW.

    COVID-19 vaccines will be available in phases. Groups of people get the vaccination at different times. The phases have been listed below:
     

    Phase 1a - Quarantine and border workers
    - Frontline health care worker sub-groups for prioritisation
    - Aged care and disability care staff
    - Aged care and disability care residents
    Phase 1b - Healthcare workers currently employed and not included in Phase 1a     
    - Household contacts of quarantine and border workers     
    - Critical and high risk workers who are currently employed
    - Essential outbound travellers with a travel exemption     
    - Elderly people aged 80 years and over
    - Elderly people aged 70 years and over
    - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and over
    - Adults with an underlying medical condition or significant disability
    Phase 2a - People aged 50 years and over
    - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 16-49 years
    - Other critical and high risk workers
    Phase 2b  People aged 16-49 years    
    Phase 3 People aged less than 16 years
     

    Further information on the COVID-19 vaccination rollout phases and the groups above is available on the NSW Health site.

    Check the vaccine eligibility checker to see if you can book a COVID-19 vaccination yet.
     

    If you are over 50 years old

    We encourage you to book your appointment now to get your free AstraZeneca vaccine at a vaccination location most convenient for you.
     

    Other eligible groups

    If you’re under 50 years you may already be eligible as part of Phase 1a or 1b.

    People in this group include health, quarantine and other high-risk workers, those with a specified medical condition or significant disability and carers. 
     

    If you're aged 40-49 years

    You can register your interest to receive the free Pfizer vaccine. You will be contacted when appointments become available. 
     

    What should I do before I get vaccinated for COVID-19?

    Find out what you can do to be ready for your COVID-19 vaccine.
     

    Latest news and information

    You can access further news and information about COVID-19 vaccines in Australia on the NSW Health site.
     

  • Testing Clinics for COVID-19

    The following COVID-19 testing clinics are available and located in close proximity for our community.

    Other COVID-19 testing clinics outside our Local Government Area can be located on the NSW Health website.
     

    Clinic

    Address

    Information

    Opening Hours

    Carlton Drive-through and Walk-in 4Cyte Pathology Clinic

    261 Princes Highway, Carlton

    Entry via Ecole Street, off Princes Highway

    - Not wheelchair accessible
    - GP referral is not required
    - Appointments are not required

    Open 8am to 8pm until further notice.

    St George Hospital

    Kensington Street, Clinical Services Building, Kogarah

    Clinic is located in Clinical Services Building (entrance via Gate 3)

    Children under the age of 12 months will be referred to the Emergency Department. All patients should continue to go to the ED after hours for COVID-19 screening.

    - Wheelchair accessible
    - Appointments are not required

    Open 8am to 8pm 7 days a week until 25 July 2021

    Poulton Park, top carpark

    Morshead Dr, South Hurstville

    Entry via Rickard Road for access to the top carpark

    - Wheelchair accessible
    - GP referral is not required
    - Appointments are not required

    Open 8am to 4pm
    Closed on Saturday and Sunday

    Hurstville Community Health Care

    34 Woniora Road, Hurstville

    Children under 5 years old are not tested at this clinic and should attend St George Hospital Emergency Department for testing.

    - Wheelchair accessible
    - Appointments are not required

    Open 9am to 4pm
    Closed on Saturday and Sunday

    Hurstville 4Cyte Pathology walk-in Clinic

    8 Ormonde Parade, Hurstville

    - Wheelchair accessible
    - GP referral is not required
    - Appointments are not required

    Open 9am to 6pm

    Riverwood MedLab Pathology Drive-through clinic

    79 Coleridge Street, Riverwood

    If you were tested at this clinic and have not received your results after 48 hours, please call 02 8745 6500 – option 1 for results.

    - GP referral is not required
    - Appointments are not required

    Open 8am to 4pm

    Riverwood Laverty Pathology Walk-in Clinic

    80 Kentucky Road, Riverwood Community Hub, Riverwood

    If you were tested at this clinic and have not received your results after 48 hours, call (02) 9005 7077.

    - Wheelchair accessible
    - Appointments are not required

    Open 9:30am to 4pm

    Rockdale 4Cyte Pathology Drive-through Clinic

    594 - 596 Princes Highway, Rockdale

    - Wheel chair accessible but patrons must remain in motor vehicle
    - GP referral is not required
    - Appointments are not required

    Open 8am to 8pm

    Kingsgrove Community Centre

    30 Morgan Street, Kingsgrove

    - Wheelchair accessible
    - GP referral is not required
    - Appointments are not required

    Open 8am to 8pm until further notice.

  • Face masks in common areas
    With high occupancy and movement in residential buildings, it’s more important than ever to promote mask wearing when around others, particularly with the high transmission rates of the COVID-19 Delta variant we’re experiencing.

    NSW Health have provided posters that advise mask wearing is mandatory in common areas of residential buildings. This poster should be displayed in frequented common areas such as foyers, lifts, garbage disposal areas and hallways due to increased opportunities for transmission.

    Please click on the relevant link required below:

    - Mask in common areas poster - English
    - Mask in common areas multiple languages - Arabic, Chinese, Bangla, Indonesian, Mongolian, Nepali, Russian and Spanish
    - Mask in common areas multiple languages - Assyrian, Filipino, Greek, Italian, Korean, Macedonian, Portuguese, Thai and Vietnamese

    Further information on face masks can be located on the NSW Health website.
  • The COVID-19 outbreak is impacting businesses globally in many ways including reduced trade, temporary business closures, staffing issues, and supply chain interruptions. This information is general in nature and has been provided by the NSW Government Small Business Commissioner to support those small businesses impacted by the COVID-19. Links have been provided below for information.

    Business and employers

    The NSW Health site has provided information and resources for businesses and employees regarding protecting staff and customers from COVID-19, financial relief and personalised support.
     

    2021 COVID-19 business grant

    The 2021 COVID-19 Business Grant ('the Grant') will provide cash flow support until the JobSaver scheme commences, to help cover business expenses for which no other government support is available. The intention of the Grant is to help businesses survive the lockdown so they can continue to support employment and the economy after restrictions are lifted. Please click on the 2021 COVID-19 business support guidelines for more information. 

    For further details and to apply online, please visit the apply for the 2021 COVID-19 business grant page.
     

    Small Business

    The Small Business NSW website contains comprehensive advice on how to manage during the crisis. Alternatively you can speak with a Specialist Advisor about your situation by contacting the Small Business NSW Business Hotline on 13 28 46 (7.00am to 9.00pm, 7 days a week).
     

    Additional support and resources for Georges River business

    Georges River Council has dedicated a support for businesses page which also outlines Council's Debt Management and Hardship Policy.
     

    Federal Government support for businesses

    Find financial assistance, eligibility and timing for the new government support for Australian businesses on Business.gov.au.
     

    JobKeeper Payment

    Businesses can apply to the Australia Tax Office for a JobKeeper wage subsidy. A series of Fact Sheets have been prepared to help businesses understand the eligibility and claims details.
     

    NSW Economic Surplus Package

    Tips and resources to help you manage your small business during the crisis and into the recovery phase are outlined on the NSW Economic Surplus Package web page.
     

    Rent and Lease Enquiries

    Advice can be sought on your obligations under rent and lease arrangements can be made by contacting 1300 795 534 where you can speak to an expert on retail and commercial leases.
     

    Business Connect

    If you require support on topics such as managing cashflow, changing your business model and delivering services online, marketing your business during in a challenging environment, reassessing your supply chain, or even accessing financial support, the NSW Government's Business Connect offers a free, mobile business advisory service. This service also offers advice in other community languages.

    To book a session with your local advisor, visit Business Connect or call 1300 134 359.
     

    Mental Health Support

    If you need support during this stressful time, please visit Lifeline for specific advice on managing mental health during COVID-19.
     

    Additional support services

    The following are free services available 24 hours a day, seven days a week:

    • Mental Health Line – 1800 011 511
    • Mensline - 1300 789 978
    • Kids Helpline - 1800 55 1800
    • Beyondblue - 1300 22 4636

    If you or someone you know is in immediate danger call 000.
     

  • Resources and support for the Community

    Community support services directory

    This COVID-19 services community directory provides links to important information and services from reliable, trusted sources in our local area.

    If you are seeking emergency financial assistance, accommodation and food relief, please visit St George and Sutherland Homeless Help.
     

    Common questions about the rules

    Please view the frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 rules within NSW.
     

    COVID-19 disaster payment

    This is a lump sum payment to help workers unable to earn income due to a COVID-19 lock down, hotspot or period of restricted movement.
     
    The COVID-19 Disaster Payment can help you when COVID-19 restrictions last for more than 7 days. You can’t get this payment for the first 7 days of an event. You need to meet some eligibility rules to get this payment. Please also check the who can get it link. If you meet the requirements you can then visit the how to claim section for details on how to apply.

    To check whether you are eligible for other relief payments, then please visit the disaster assistance finder page.
     

    Community resources

    We all know it’s been tough being isolated! So we have put together some resources for anyone who is in need.

    - Staying at home self-isolation pack and Staying at home pack edition two - packed with activities to keep your mind and body active, tools for self-care in lock down and helpful tips on sleep, healthy recipes and online short courses; this booklet will make sure you come out of lock down with a smile.
    - Your Sensory Self Care toolkit - this workbook takes you on a journey to explore your senses and find out what calms and what boosts you. It helps you develop strategies to deal with any situation in a way that is tailored specifically to you and your own self-care.
    - Food guide - COVID-19 has hit many of us hard. This comprehensive guide explains food and grocery options in the St George and Sutherland area and contact details, a map and calendar for added accessibility.
    - Managing your mental health online - use this resource to learn about mental health and how it can be managed using these services without leaving home.

     

    Information for people experiencing race discrimination

    Since the start of the crisis, there has been a deeply disturbing rise in racial vilification of Asian Australians. We believe this poses a serious threat to our national unity, social cohesion, resilience and recovery. It is essential that the distrust, disenfranchisement and vilification of Australians of any racial background is not tolerated under any circumstances.

    We encourage community members to stand together to reject racism by signing the #UnityOverFear petition at bit.ly/unityoverfear

    If you've experienced racism as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19), or if you have a question about discrimination and your rights, contact Anti-Discrimination NSW. Their enquiries team is ready to answer your questions or they can help you make a complaint. If they can’t help, they will try to help you find a service that can.

    如果您因新冠肺炎(COVID-19)而遭受种族歧视,或者对歧视和权利有疑问,请与新南威尔士州反歧视委员会联系。 他们的咨询团队随时准备回答您的问题,或者他们可以帮助您进行投诉,如果他们帮不了,他们会尽力帮您找到一个可以帮助您的服务。

  • Language translation and resources

    Translated general COVID-19 information 

    Information for our CALD community (see the Translated Resources tile).
     

    Easy read resources

    Easy read resources on COVID-19 (including the Public Health Act, testing information, other resources and children's resources).
     

    SBS Multilingual Coronavirus Portal

    SBS has launched the SBS Multilingual Coronavirus Portal, a dedicated online information hub for multicultural communities to easily access accurate and trusted news and information about COVID-19, in their language.
     
    The portal provides one place where the many Australians who speak a language other than English can come to for the latest news and resources across more than 60 languages, produced by SBS Radio and SBS News.

    Get COVID-19 information about Greater Sydney restrictions in your language.
     

    Difference between close and casual contacts

    The following links provide facts sheets for Close and Casual contacts.and information regarding these in different languages. Please scroll to the bottom of both pages to access these fact sheets. 

    Fact sheets for casual contacts
    Fact sheet for secondary close contacts


    Translated Safety plans for businesses

    Safety plans presented in Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Thai and Vietnamese
     

    Translated resources for COVID-19 health workers and communities

    Translated resources for COVID-19 health workers and communities
     

  • Virtual Council meetings
    Virtual meetings allow councils to function during COVID-19 restrictions
     
    The NSW Government is ensuring local councils can continue to function during COVID-19 restrictions with existing laws enabling them to hold meetings electronically instead of physically

    Regulations introduced earlier this year allow councils to meet by audio-visual link instead of physically to protect councillors, staff and members of the public from COVID-19.

    The Office of Local Government has issued a circular to provide technical advice on the conduct of council meetings in compliance with the Public Health Orders.
     
    You can view the circular here.
     
  • NSW Planning reforms
    Extensive planning reforms are underway aimed at stimulating the economy and getting construction moving faster. The NSW Planning Reform Action Plan will bring significant time savings and a more transparent and efficient system.
     
    Here is a great explanation of the reforms from Lindsay Taylor Lawyers.

     
  • Activities for kids
    Keep your kids occupied during these school holidays with our printable colour in sheets below.

    - Georgie the Dragon - recycling
    - Georgie the Dragon - road works
    - Georgie the Dragon - sports
    - Georgie the Dragon - shopping
    - Georgie the Dragon - garden
    - Georgie the Dragon - library

    We have also included a weekly activity planner that has reading resources and a range of activities to keep your kids entertained during the holidays and the lock down period. Please click on the weekly planner below:

    - Georgies home activity planner
 



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