Keeping local businesses COVID-safe over the holidays

The North Coast Public Health Unit (NCPHU) is urging businesses to ensure they have their COVID-19 Safety Plans in place for the school holidays.

NSW Health and other government agencies have been visiting premises to assist business operators with developing and implementing their plans in compliance with Public Health Orders issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some businesses, such as pubs, clubs and small bars, must complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan under the public health orders, but business operators can also voluntarily complete one. To find out if your business needs a COVID-19 Safety Plan, visit the website.

NCPHU Director Paul Corben 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 their plans in place. Our public health staff can help other businesses develop their plans, ensuring their premises comply with public health requirements and are safe for staff and customers," Mr Corben said.

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

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

"By implementing your COVID-19 Safety Plan you can demonstrate to your staff, customers and community that you're a COVID-safe business that's committed to keeping them safe."

Different industries have specific requirements for COVID-19 Safety Plans, but each one needs to outline how a business will manage:

hygiene and safety

  • physical distancing
  • the recording of contact details of staff, customers and visitors such as trade suppliers, and
  • staff wellbeing.

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.

For on-the-ground support, guidance and assistance, please contact the North Coast Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055 or your local council.

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