Adam Marshall’s COVID-19 update as at 5pm, Friday, June 12

Yet another week goes by without any new cases of COVID-19 in the Northern Tablelands electorate.

Drive through testing will continue at the Inverell and Glen Innes Hospital’s until next Thursday, when their demand will again be reassessed by Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD).

To book a test, contact the Inverell clinic on 6721 9520 or Glen Innes clinic on 0438 925 949, between 8am and 4.30pm.

The winter chill has most definitely descended on our region, bringing with it the dreaded flu season.

Remember, any sign of a slight sore throat, cough or shortness of breath should be cause for concern and those exhibiting these symptoms should contact their GP or hospital for screening.

This week, the effort of residents to keep the region coronavirus free was rewarded, with the announcement adult sport will kick-off, alongside junior sport, from July 1.

You can nearly smell the pies in the warmer, as winter rugby league, netball, soccer and hockey competitors get underway, lifting community spirits and providing income for local small businesses.

On game day there will be restrictions in place, with food and drink premises at sports grounds able to open subject to the same requirements that apply in other food and drink premises, while individual organisations will have to comply with COVID-19 safety management plan.

Contact details of persons entering the premises must also be kept and I encourage those who attend matches to comply with this measure as means of supporting contact tracing – should someone contract the illness. 

I acknowledge some of these measures will be difficult for smaller sporting organisations to manage, however they must be adhered to if we want to get back out on the pitch, whilst still preventing the spread of coronavirus.

The virus has not gone away and so it is imperative that once sports resume all players, spectators and officials follow the advice of their codes and competitions and continue to maintain physical distancing and good hand hygiene.

From tomorrow (Saturday, 13 June) the number of people who can gather at your home will increase to allow 20 people inside and 20 outside. 

Some other changes coming into effect tomorrow include:

 Community centres, including their recreational facilities can reopen;

Some indoor recreational facilities including pools and saunas can reopen with restricted numbers;

Tattoo and massage parlours can reopen with up to 10 clients.

 Finally, I take my hat off to those businesses which have re-opened following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

Over the long weekend I heard many reports of local cafés, pubs and retail outlets being bombarded with customers, as travellers got out and experienced the region.  

There are a lot of measures which operators must comply with, but from what I have seen the vast majority of businesses are abiding by the Public Health Order and doing what they must to keep people safe.

Keep up the good work and have a great weekend