Tesch warns against COVID complacency

Member for Gosford Liesl Tesch is warning Peninsula residents to be aware of the importance of continuing with COVID-safety measures amid concerns raised by community members that complacency is setting in.

“I have heard from concerned locals that the vigilance of some community members in public spaces has been dropping in recent days, as case numbers have decreased,” Tesch said.

“It’s crucial that we continue with our COVID-safe practices given the recent Northern Beaches cluster was able to reach the Central Coast, emphasising to us all just how important it is to be cautious.”

Tesch reminded residents that masks are required inside retail venues and restaurants, but could be removed when eating and drinking, and that checking in using Service NSW QR codes was now mandatory to aid with contact tracing.

“A number of locals have contacted my office regarding their concerns about checking into shops and restaurants if they don’t have a smart phone,” she said.

“Under the Public Health Orders shops should provide another way to sign in electronically through a provided phone or tablet if customers don’t have a personal device to use.

“Along with checking in, handwashing, wearing masks and maintaining social distancing are essential practices we all need to perform every day so that we can ensure the health and safety of our community.”

The latest health advice relating to COVID-19 can be found on NSW Health’s website at https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/latest-updates.aspx.

Media release, Jan 12
Member for Gosford Liesl Tesch