Monday, April 22, 2024

Cumberland Mayor urges mask use

Cumberland City Council is urging residents to wear a mask in light of recent updates to the Public Health Order and residents contracting the COVID-19 virus in suburbs including Berala, Greystanes and Smithfield.

Cumberland Mayor Steve Christou.

Mayor of Cumberland City Council, Steve Christou (pictured) said he had full confidence in the State’s health officials and Council was working to ensure safety measures are in place.

“As a Council, the NSW Government has our full support. We are asking people visiting Council headquarters and customer support functions in Auburn and Merrylands, our libraries, community centres, and any other Council facility, to wear a mask while indoors, in support of the latest directives,” said Mayor Christou.

“All customer facing Council staff are now wearing masks to work and in public and shared spaces within our offices and facilities.

“It is imperative that Cumberland City residents come forward for testing, if part of the Berala cluster, or otherwise feeling unwell. Testing is free and does not require you to have Medicare.

“Many of our residents are from non-English speaking backgrounds. If you know someone who needs assistance, maybe they are a friend or a relative, please help them understand the importance of getting tested and encourage them to do so.

“We understand the impacts of what is unfolding may cause minor disruptions to the daily life of our residents and ask for people to remain respectful of health workers, authorities and the community at large.”

From midnight on Monday, NSW Government introduced $200 on-the-spot fines for individuals who do not comply with mandatory face masks in indoor settings across Greater Sydney. Children under age 12 are exempt but are encouraged to wear masks where practicable.

If you require any assistance in understanding information, please contact the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 or call Council on 02 8757 9000.

For the latest updates on COVID-19 in Cumberland City, visit our dedicated webpage: https://www.cumberland.nsw.gov.au/covid19

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