I appreciate my regular catch up with Shane Crawford, our Waratah/Wynyard General Manager (GM) to discuss matters raised with me by constituents and other areas of mutual interest and the benefit of our community.
A summary of some topics of discussion can be viewed here:
I actually can't believe we are so close to Christmas - it has been a year like no other. I would like to wish you all a very happy time over Christmas and the New Year acknowledging the very real heartache some will be experiencing who have family and friends in Sydney that were planning to share this time with you.
This year has taught us much - appreciation of our freedom and opportunities to spend time with loved ones, and for some sadly snatched away at almost the last minute. Many have been separated from loved ones for months, missed sharing the arrival of grandchildren and hugging loves oned when unwell or dying. Things we never thought would ever be ‘prohibited’.
Starting from June 15 (subject to Public Health advice) we have an opportunity as Tasmanians to holiday at home without the crowds from mainland Australia! Let’s explore our beautiful State and enjoy what we have to offer here. No need for long plane trips, hours waiting at airports, queues or deadlines! Let’s enjoy the wonderful ambience of an open fire, deep bathtub and a glass of your favourite beverage (Tasmanian of course) and locally sourced food!
As part of the Tasmanian Government’s staged approach to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, Stage 1 which commences on 18 May 2020 allows restaurants and cafes to re-open for ‘dine in’ customers with some restrictions in place.
What does this mean for these businesses and patrons?
The Tasmanian Government is implementing a staged approach in the lifting of restrictions so that we can continue to reduce the risk of CIVIC-19 to the community. Stage 1 commences on 18 May, with Stage 2 commencing on 15 June (subject to Public Health advice).
What does this mean for the ways in which we exercise and take part in sport and recreation activities?
The Tasmanian Government has developed a staged approach to lifting the current COVID-19 restrictions. These will be gradual, carefully monitored changes with safeguards in place. As the Premier stated – we want to “Glide out not sawtooth out” and this is designed to hopefully avoid a second wave of infections and a second lockdown if we all do the right thing!
I reckon you know by now that having a nasal swab may not be the most fun you will have in your week (though it might be, depending on your week!!) but from a nurse’s perspective I would like to offer a few tips to assist in making this a “reasonably painless and easy” for both you and the nurse conducting it.
I have had a number of questions asked via a recent Facebook post and thought I would post below the answers I have to date. There are others you may have so feel free to ask – there are still some I am awaiting clarification and specific details on.