Stay aware of Covid-19 updates
It's an anxious time for many in our community as we are dealing with Covid-19.
It is important more than ever, that we look after and support our neighbours, our family and our friends.
We ask people to be calm, to work with Governments and importantly to work with each other.
By doing that, we will be maximising our opportunities to ensure all of us get through this in the best possible position and then to bounce back as quickly as possible.
I want to make sure you are regularly updated on the current Coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic.
I'll try and keep people updated with the latest information and resources.
It will also be important to share this information with others. I'll also be posting updates live on my Facebook page; facebook.com/paultoolemp.
We hear a lot about social distancing but it is the best measure to combat this disease.
For many we are not used to it, but it's critical that we all play our part now.
Social distancing means we reduce the number of close physical and social contacts we have with one another.
When social distancing actions are combined with good personal hygiene measures the spread of a pandemic through the community can be slowed.
This helps protect the most vulnerable members of the community and reduces the impact of the pandemic on essential, life-saving health services.
Here is a graph below, showing why social distancing is so important in slowing the spread of Covid-19.
The PM has announced that this is a National approach and that they want these rules to be followed across all jurisdictions...this is about SAVING LIVES. Indoor venues where there are gatherings will close including:
* Registered and licensed clubs
* Licensed parts of pubs and hotels (but not accommodation or bottle shops)
*Entertainment venues like cinemas and nightclubs
*Places of worship and religious gatherings
*Restaurants and cafes to be restricted to take away only.
Tough decisions have also had to be made around rules to limit gatherings for weddings and funerals.
Weddings will be able to be conducted but will be limited to just the couple, celebrant and witnesses (5 people). Large gatherings sadly will not be possible through this period.
Funerals will be limited to no more than 10 people and social distancing rules. While these were a particularly tough decision, it has been exactly some of these kind of events which have been why governments have had to put these arrangements in place.
People are advised to keep visits to their homes to a minimum and with a very small number of guests so no BBQs, big family gatherings etc.
States and territories will also consider measures to prevent people holding house parties given the risk big gatherings present to virus spread
PM advised the medical advice on schools has not changed. He will meet with education unions on a set of arrangements that will keep schools open, that protects teachers and other schools, and to ensure that kids' education continues.
TAFE NSW will be suspended as of Monday, March 30 through to April 27.
There are provisions being made for people who are finishing their diplomas at the end of this semester.
When students return on April 27, the vast majority of students will be required to do almost all of their studies online. Further information to come on that. www.tafensw.edu.au
For more updates visit https://www.facebook.com/PaulTooleMP/.