It is a very difficult time for our community, our country and the entire world as we deal with the spread of COVID-19.
We are all feeling stress and anxiety during this uncertain time - seniors, vulnerable persons, parents, front line medical professionals, teachers and of course our local businesses.
There is really no one untouched by this crisis.
However, as a community this is a time more than ever that we must pull together and support one another.
This means helping a neighbour self isolating, or helping an older neighbour with the shopping.
It means where possible supporting local businesses and shopping locally.
It means supporting someone who may face unemployment.
We all have a role to play in stopping the spread of COVID-19.
The message is simple - stay home, and when you are out shopping for essentials, you must social distance.
If you are sick, stay home.
Please take these measures seriously as this is what will help our community and nation recover again.
For more information visit www.health.nsw.gov.au.
SAFETY OF COMMUNITY AND STAFF IS A PRIORITY
The safety of community and staff is a priority for Cessnock City Council in relation to COVID-19 (coronavirus).
As a result, our services, events and regular programs have been impacted.
Council has made the decision to close the administration building to customers.
During this period while face-to-face service is not an option customers can still stay connected via phone, email or our website.
For more information, please visit Council's website, cessnock.nsw.gov.au.
It should also be noted that only one council meeting will be held in April to limit the risk to councillors, staff and community. This is scheduled for Wednesday, April 15.
In some more positive news, Daniel Repacholi, a local sports shooter has qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. Congratulations Daniel.
While this event has been postponed for a year due to the outbreak of COVID-19, we all look forward to supporting you when the event finally does go ahead.