Council takes action in response to COVID-19

Thursday 12 March 20 20

Th e City of Ryde is taking steps to support its community and ensure that essential Council services can
continue to be delivered during any coronavirus (COVID -19) outbreak.

There have been a number of confirmed COVID -19 cases in the City of Ryde since the outbreak was
declared a public health emergency by the World Health Org anization on 30 January 2020. This includes
confirmed cases at Epping Boys High School in Eastwood, Ryde Hospital and Dorothy Henderson Lodge
Aged Care Facility in Macquarie Park.

Council has established frameworks for a range of scenarios to ensure it can continue to operate with
minimum disruptions and deliver effective services and support to the City of Ryde community.

These include.

Casual staff members who are required to self -isolate will have thei r casual shifts honoured for up
to two weeks
Lifting curfews for delivery trucks for two weeks in the wake of shortages of critical supplies at local
supermarkets. This will ensure enough supplies can be delivered to restock supermarket shelves
Providing information and regular updates about COVID -19 to the community via Council’s web site
and social media channels
Placing a dvertisements in multiple languages in local newspapers and Ch inese and Korean media
Improving hygiene protocols at all Council events, including citizenship ceremonies, pending
further advice from Federal and State g overnment s.

Based on the advice of NSW Health and the Federal Department of Health’s Australian Health Protection
Principal Committee, the City of Ryde is still proceed ing with its scheduled public events. Council will
continue to monitor the situation closely and be guided by state and federal government advice.

City of Ryde Mayor, Clr Jerome Laxale, expressed his sympathies on behalf of Council to all of those
impacted by COVID -19.

“We understand the needs of our workers and we will continue to remove road blocks to isolation. I would
encourage other levels of Government, and local businesses to consider a similar approach,” Clr Laxale

“This is a n ext remely challenging time for everyone, but it is crucial that we come together as a c ommunity
and help one another. As a Council we will do all we can to ensure minimal disruptions to our services and
to provide support wherever w e can to those who require it.

“I would advise everyone to take precautions if you are healthy, self -isolate and seek medical advice if you
think you have come into contact with COVID -19, but to continue on as normal wherever you can.

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