Thursday, 22 October 2020
COVID-19 restrictions governing the number of people who can attend religious gatherings and the need for a COVID safety marshal at gyms will be eased from tomorrow, a move which has been welcomed by Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall.
“This is really good news for our region,” Mr Marshall said.
“Ongoing restrictions limiting the number of people who can attend religious gatherings like church services has been of great concern for many in the Northern Tablelands,” Mr Marshall said.
“From tomorrow, religious gatherings and places of worship can have up to 300 people, subject to a COVID-19 safety plan.
“People attending a religious service will be required to provide their name and contact details when they enter so they can be used for contact tracing. They are also being urged to wear a mask when attending places of worship.
“Religious gatherings exclude weddings and funerals, however, from 1 December, the number of people who can attend weddings will be lifted to 300 people subject to the four square metre rule indoors and two square metre rule outdoors.
“Also from tomorrow, gyms will only be required to have a COVID-19 safety marshal if there are more than 20 people in the gym at one time. Gym operators will still need to follow a COVID safety plan.
“People can help stop the spread of COVID-19 in gyms by visiting at less busy times, practising good hand hygiene before, during and after workouts, maintaining physical distancing especially when working out, and wiping down equipment with detergent and disinfectant each time it is used.”
Mr Marshall said as the NSW Government eased restrictions the community should continue to be COVID Safe.
“The government’s aim is to provide as many opportunities as it can for organisations and the community to carry on with their work and lives as much as possible,” he said.
“Moving forward it is important everyone maintains good hygiene, continues to social distance and follows up-to-date health advice.
“Most importantly if you exhibit any of the symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, cough, sore or scratchy throat, shortness of breath or loss of small or taste you should be tested at you nearest clinic or GP.”