Female hands using hand sanitiser gel pump dispenser
Female hands using hand sanitiser gel pump dispenser

COVID-19 safety management essential before school holidays

WITH the winter school holidays fast approaching, the North Coast Public Health Unit is urging businesses to ensure they have their COVID-19 safety plans in place.

NSW Health and other government agencies are currently visiting premises in northern NSW to assist business operators with developing and implementing their plans in compliance with public health orders issued in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

NCPHU assistant director Greg Bell said the NSW Government recommends all businesses use their own COVID-19 safety plan to protect staff, customers and visitors on their premises.

"We applaud those operators who have developed their plans already, and our public health staff are keen to assist other business operators to develop their plans, to ensure their premises comply with the requirements of the public health order and are safe for staff and customers," Mr Bell said.

"To prevent a second wave of COVID-19 across the North Coast we need everyone to play their part in preventing further transmission of the virus in our region."

While the current public health order requires development and compliance with a COVID-19 safety plan for some types of premises, any business can voluntarily complete one.

"When you're completing your plan, consult with your staff, and share the plan with them when it's done," Mr Bell said.

"By implementing your COVID-19 safety plan you can show your staff, customers and community that you are a COVID-safe business and you're committed to keeping them safe."

Resources, including guidance and templates for developing a COVID-19 safety plan are available at the COVID Safe Businesses website www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/covid-safe-businesses.

Some businesses will need to complete a COVID-19 safety plan under the public health orders, like if a pub, club or small bar, but you can also voluntarily complete one for your business. To find out if your business needs to complete a COVID-19 safety plan, visit the website.