MidCoast Council update for residents on COVID-19

Manning Entertainment Centre has been closed until the end April.

The decision by MidCoast Council is one of many measures it is taking to help limit transmissions of the COVID-19 virus in the community.

MidCoast Council said it is committed to continuing services to the community.

General manager Adrian Panuccio said events and programs at libraries and Manning Regional Art Gallery have been suspended to prioritise the well-being of the community, staff and volunteers.

"The libraries, gallery and all our other facilities will remain open."

The entertainment centre is closing in line with other similar facilities across the State.

Council is also encouraging members of the community, especially older and vulnerable people, to consider the nature of their enquiries before attending council's customer service centre or facilities in person.

Council has provided hand sanitisers and advisory notices at entry points of its facilities for staff and customers, and is also ensuring employees have relevant hygiene and health information.

Staff are being asked to practice social distancing to help reduce the spread of the virus, and events and gatherings will be looked at on a case-by-case basis in line with the latest advice from the Federal and State governments.

"We will continue to review the situation and aim to get any of our impacted services up and running again as soon as it is responsible to do so," Mr Panuccio said.

Due to the quickly evolving nature of the situation, for information on any changes to council services, the community is advised to check in with the council website, Facebook page and local media to keep up to date.

Council will be holding its ordinary March meeting next Wednesday as scheduled.

The meeting is open to the public as usual, however the community is reminded an audio recording of the meeting is available on the council's website in the days following the meeting for those who wish to follow the process without gathering at the meeting.

"Because we have one of the oldest populations in Australia, we are more vulnerable on the Mid Coast to serious illness from COVID-19," mayor David West said.

"It's very important for our region that we take these measures, and we ask everyone to co-operate to the best of their ability. We want to ask everyone to stay calm, and stay safe by following the three steps - wash your hands frequently, cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, and stay at home if you're sick.

"If you feel unwell, stay at home and call your doctor for advice on what to do."

You can avoid misinformation by following only the official sources of information, issued by the Australian Government Health Alerts, NSW Health or the World Health Organisation (WHO).

All of these sites are available from council's information page at www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/COVID19.