Published On 09 April 2020 at 02:00 PM

With the Easter long weekend almost upon us, it is important that we focus on ways to keep ourselves, our families and those around us safe during what is traditionally a time for being with those we love.

The unprecedented impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the restrictions imposed by the Federal Government and NSW Health to limit its spread mean this Easter period is likely to be significantly different for all of us.

We all appreciate that Easter is normally a time when many of us travel to spend time with friends and family, however government travel restrictions and limits on social gatherings in both public and private spaces will mean this is an impossibility this year.

Throughout the Easter break, I would urge all local residents to enjoy their time off while keeping a number of factors firmly in mind.

Stay connected to one another, whether it be by phone or online, and check in on those who may be doing it tough over what is normally a festive period.

Stay informed by regularly monitoring Federal Government updates on COVID-19 and any newly implemented measures to contain its spread.

But most of all stay safe. While social distancing restrictions might seem unnecessary to some, it is essential that we all continue to adhere to these restrictions, remembering they have been put in place to keep you, your family, friends and the wider community safe from the deadly threat of COVID-19.

For local residents who are concerned about the impact of this unprecedented health challenge on our way of life, I hope I can offer some comfort.

While there is no business or service across the region which has been unaffected by the incredible impact of COVID-19 and the protection measures implemented to keep us safe from contracting it, Sutherland Shire Council has been working diligently in the face of this crisis to maintain the services that we all rely on.

Council has adapted it’s ways of working to ensure our workers are safe, and we are continuing to work hard to deliver critical services and support our community through this challenging time.

We are delivering on our long term commitments to you with the work continuing apace to complete projects and ensure our facilities are accessible for all members of our community to enjoy once these restrictions are lifted.

Finally, I would like to wish all residents of the Sutherland Shire a happy Easter long weekend however you choose to spend it.

I hope each of you are able to spend the break staying connected with friends and family no matter where they may be, and remember that taking care to look after yourself and others is more important now than ever.

Carmelo Pesce - Sutherland Shire Mayor

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