With the second wave of COVID-19 impacting heavily on Victorians at the moment and several COVID-19 clusters appearing in Sydney and Newcastle, the local health authorities are encouraging the public to start wearing masks.
In a media release put out by Northern NSW Local Health District on 5 August, it recommended the community to – Stop the spread, wear a mask.
‘Wear a mask in situations where it is difficult to stay 1.5 metres away from other people.
The advice from NSW Health specifically recommends:
The use of face masks in indoor settings where physical distancing is hard to maintain, such as on public transport or in supermarkets.
The use of face masks (where practical) in indoor settings with a higher risk of transmission, such as for the staff of hospitality and customer-facing venues i.e. cafes, restaurants, pubs and clubs; and
During attendance at places of worship.
Wearing a mask in any of these settings is not mandatory but is highly recommended, especially in areas where there has been community transmission.
Visitors to hospitals and other public health facilities will be asked to wear a mask upon entering. Masks help us protect ourselves and each other.
NSW Health staff are required to wear masks if they are within 1.5 metres of patients to protect the patients.
A mask is not a substitute for physical distancing and should be used in conjunction with other measures.’
Here in the Clarence Valley, COVID-19 testing clinics can be found at: Grafton Base Hospital: note the new time: open 9.00am – 5.00pm daily, and at Yamba Respiratory Clinic – 12 Clarence Street, Yamba.
There are also GP and pop up clinics in the region.
A full list of testing clinics can be found at: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/clinics.aspx
For more information on mask wearing visit: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/face-masks