Tweed Council has made the decision to close a number of facilities and services as neighbouring Byron Bay and surrounds are forced into a snap COVID-19 lockdown.
Despite not actually being part of the stay-at-home order, Tweed Council has decided to act quickly in a bid to protect residents from the growing coronavirus outbreak in NSW.
“With positive cases of COVID-19 right on our doorstep, it’s crucial we remain ultra-vigilant over the coming days and weeks ahead,” Mayor of Tweed Shire Chris Cherry said.
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“While the Tweed has not been included in the current stay-at-home orders, a significant number of Council staff and customers either live in these areas or are affected by the order.
“We’ve taken these measures to help minimise non-essential movement and travel around the region in support of the NSW Government’s stay-at-home order.”
Some of the facilities affected by the closures, which are effective immediately, include:
- Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
- Tweed Regional Museum
- Tweed JUNKtion Tip Shop
- Library branches at Murwillumbah, Tweed Heads and Kingscliff (*click and collect loan services will remain, mobile print and scanning services available upon request)
- Visitor Information Centres
- Council events
- Council-approved community markets, including at Kingscliff, SALT Village, Pottsville, Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads.
All essential Council services including water, waste water and kerbside waste collection will continue as per normal.
While other Council facilities, including contact centres at Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads, holiday parks and aquatic centres, will also remain open, with strict COVID-Safe measures in place.
“I urge everyone to stay safe, comply with the stay-at-home orders if you have been to one of the locked-down areas, and to check-in at all outlets using your QR code scanner,” Cr Cherry said.
“Anyone displaying even the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms should get tested and isolate at home until a negative result is returned.”