Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) is asking visitors, and residents, to be mindful of COVIDSafe requirements, when visiting its facilities during the holiday period.

“Our region is ready to welcome visitors, including visiting family and friends during the Christmas period; however, we ask that everybody work without facilities and our business community to ensure this is done in a COVIDSafe way,” said Mayor of the Dubbo region, Councillor Ben Shields.

In operating a number of tourism facilities DRC closely follows NSW Health guidelines and Public Health Orders. Our region’s facilities will not be open to visitors from identified hotspots, which at this stage, is only the Northern Beaches, and we will actively monitor if any further hotspots are identified.

“We ask all our community to continue to adhere to social distancing requirements, while you are enjoying the festive period,” said Councillor Shields.  

Council facilities have been liaising directly with customers regarding facility visitation, and refunds are being provided to people where appropriate. Visitors are advised they need to check with individual tourism operators, to ensure they will be allowed access – regardless of whether they are part of the Great Big Adventure Pass.

DRC, in consultation with its Great Big Adventure Pass partners Taronga Western Plains Zoo and Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Visitor Experience, is also communicating with Great Big Adventure Pass holders about any changes to accessing these experiences.

Council will also be following the NSW Public Health Order at all its other facilities, including the Macquarie Regional Library and Aquatic Leisure Centres. All of DRC’s facilities already have rigorous COVIDSafe practices in place, including social distancing signage and floor markers, hand sanitiser stations, and QR code check-ins, which include health screening questions.

“We don’t want to turn people away, but we are taking a precautionary step in helping keep the Dubbo region COVID-free. We understand this is frustrating for people from the Northern Beaches and Greater Sydney. If there are visitors who haven’t been able to make it to our region this holiday period, we strongly encourage them to come out to our region in 2021,” said Councillor Shields.

For the latest NSW Health advice in regards to declared hotspots, visit the NSW Health website.

Last Edited: 23 Dec 2020

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