Council Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update Friday 29 January
We’re changing our requirements for mask wearing within Council facilities and indoor buildings as a response to the recent updates to the Public Health Order.
From Friday 29 January we will be following the NSW Health Guidelines by no longer requiring community members to wear a mask when interacting with our services, facilities and staff.
Mask wearing will now be recommended but not a mandatory requirement for community members attending Council facilities.
Visitors will still be required to sign into all indoor Council facilities with the Service NSW QR codes.
From Friday, the following services will no longer require the wearing of masks:
- Council’s Customer Service Centre.
- Wollongong Art Gallery.
- Our libraries.
- Entryways, change rooms, waiting areas and customer service areas in our indoor pool, gyms, spa and sauna and hall at Beaton Park and Lakeside Leisure Centres.
- All community facility buildings.
- Volunteering Illawarra.
Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM thanked community members for their commitment to following the Public Health Orders.
“It has been wonderful to see so many of our community members follow the directions of NSW Health and support our staff by wearing a mask when visiting our facilities,” said Cr Bradbery.
“Now that NSW has had twelve consecutive days with no community transmissions, we’re able to follow the updated NSW Health Guidelines and adapt our business operations to suit changing environment.”
These changes come into effect from today, Friday 29 January 2021, and are in line with our community-oriented, risk-based approach to the delivery of our services during this challenging time.
Wollongong City Council will continue to monitor the NSW Health Guidelines for any changes to current restrictions.
“Over the past year or so, we’ve learnt that community health is an ongoing effort that requires everyone to work together to protect the vulnerable members of our community. Although we still have a while to go before the end of this pandemic, I would like to thank our community for their patience and support over the past couple months,” said Cr Bradbery.
“It’s wonderful to be able to roll back some of our safety measures to better accommodate people visiting our facilities. Although mask wearing is still recommended within Council’s indoor spaces and facilities, they are no longer compulsory. Restrictions may change again in the future and we will need to be flexible, but it’s not required for now.”
We will continue to review the latest advice from NSW Health and the Australian Government and will post updates on our City of Wollongong Facebook page, and on our website.
For the latest updates about COVID-19 cases, health advice, restrictions and testing locations, please see the NSW Health website.