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Hygiene and hashtags to help hospitality post COVID

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Lake Macquarie food and beverage businesses will welcome a new set of guidelines post COVID-19.

The changes come in the wake of recent relaxing of some NSW Government restrictions, allowing up to 10 customers dining within food and drink premises.

Lake Macquarie City Council’s Business Continuity and Resilience Team has endorsed a Public Health Emergency Management Strategy aimed at reducing COVID-19 risk to people working in the retail food sector and helping maintain business continuity.

Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser said the guidelines were an essential step in supporting local cafes and restaurants.

“We want to ensure staff, as well as customers, are as safe as possible while we navigate this uncertain time,” she said.

“When a business demonstrates that they have effective control measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, they will receive a certificate of compliance that can be displayed at the business for customers and the community.”

Acting Coordinator Environment Management Jock Graham said the changes would reassure both patrons and business owners.

“Every day the NSW Government announces new changes and this has a huge impact on businesses and how they can function,” he said.

“We want our community to feel safe when they are visiting their favourite cafe or restaurant, and we want our business owners to feel confident in the service they are providing.”

Lake Macquarie City Council has also developed a local business directory and hashtag to track which food outlets are currently open.

Businesses can register via the council’s website.

The community is encouraged to use the hashtag #lakemaclocal when supporting their local business.

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