13 May 2020

I can report the Forbes Shire community is doing really well with still no cases in our shire. I would like to thank everyone for taking the restrictions seriously so far.

Although I did hear there was a little bit of panic on Saturday with everyone out buying Mother’s Day gifts. We all need to be patient and wait our turns to go into the shops. We certainly don’t want to ruin all the good work that has been done so far. Also please don’t even think about going into work or visiting people if you are sick, we all must take the extra precautions, by staying away from others when we are not well.

This Friday the restrictions will loosen a little further with more people allowed at outdoor gatherings and up to 10 patrons allowed to seat at Cafes’s and restaurants. Our playgrounds and parks will be re-opened, again restricted to 10 people at a time. Weddings can have 10 guests and funerals up to 20 mourners indoors or 30 if the funeral is outdoors. Can everyone please not take advantage of this lessening of restrictions? We are all in this together and we do still need to remain vigilant! If you are out and about this weekend you must go and have a look at the latest landscaping work completed at the Ski Dam. Looks amazing! I would like to remind everyone our lovely walking track around the Lake is for use of walkers, joggers and bike riders combined. All must be respectful of others on the track and if you are on a bike please ring your bell or call out to alert those in front you are coming along. We have had a number of calls to the Local Assistance Line from people confused about the restrictions in place. It does make it hard when the television stations report information from different States, people in NSW have to abide by NSW laws. Council administration building will be opening to the public again very soon. Access will be limited to 3 people in the foyer area, due to social distancing guidelines and the front counter will have Perspex screens in place. The front glass doors will be closed and access can be made through the automatic doors in Harold St.

Have a great week. God Bless.