The ever-changing environment of COVID-19
As we are all too well aware, the impacts of COVID-19 on the Shire have been far reaching. I would firstly like to congratulate residents for their commitment to maintaining a safe and healthy Shire. We have been fortunate enough to have no known community transmission for the Shire to date- let’s keep up the good work.
With the latest reduction in restrictions State wide, the previous restrictions on social gatherings have been dramatically relaxed, allowing up to 100 people to gather in single locations. With that in mind, I implore people to use common sense and err on the side of caution when gathering in large groups, social distancing is still imperative, and a requirement.
Just because you can invite 99 people to your backyard doesn’t mean you have too. Continue to practise good hygiene with regular use of soap and hand sanitiser and avoid contacting unnecessary surfaces. If you are symptomatic, please contact Queensland Health on 13HEALTH and arrange to undergo a COVID-19 test.
Helping our Community
Lets face it, we live in the best place in the country, each and every business throughout the Shire is important to all of us, and it is part of who we are. Now is the time to pay it forward, and support our local businesses to ensure their financial survival as we emerge out of lockdown. I know there are many throughout the Shire that have done it very tough over the last four months and the Federal Government’s JobKeeper and JobSeeker have enabled some of us to hibernate to a degree, but now is the time to show your support and to have to lunch or dinner locally, to buy those birthday presents and gifts, the new sports shoes and running gear, flowers for mum, the best local produce etc. We have it all here, why drive somewhere else to get it?
We are all in this together, because together we can succeed.
Damian MEADOWS, Sergeant 7691, Officer in Charge, Port Douglas Police Station