The NSW Office of Local Government has issued a formal Circular to Councils by way of an update.
It states that NSW Health will be advising local councils on measures that need to be implemented within the workplace. Current information and advice for the community and business is available here.
What Councils should do
As we have previously blogged, Councils should review their business continuity plans as a matter of urgency to ensure appropriate planning is undertaken to address any potential disruption to their operations and the provision of services to the community.
Councils should also watch out for advice from NSW Health who will issue instructions for all agencies and will liaise directly with councils on their role.
Councils should take a precautionary approach in line with the principles of prevention and preparation as outlined in the State Emergency Management Plan regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, working collaboratively with NSW Health to implement strategies to minimise COVID-19’s transmission.
All councils are advised to monitor the NSW Health website for updates: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus.aspx. This is particularly vital for Councils that operate facilities libraries, service centres, childcare centres, swimming pools and public amenities which must be maintained in accordance with most current NSW Health guidance and recommended processes.
A full listing of the OLG’s advice to Councils is included within the Circular.