Narromine businesses and services shut down to stop spread of COVID-19

Some Narromine shire council businesses and services have been closed down to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The NSW government has increased restrictions across the state including the closure of pubs, registered clubs, gyms, indoor sports venues, cinemas, entertainment venues, casinos, night clubs, restaurants and cafes (takeaway available), religious gatherings and places of worship.

It was also announced on Wednesday night that shopping centres, real estate auctions and open homes, beauty salons, tattoo parlours, amusement parks, pools, galleries and museums are to close.

It's also been announced that weddings are limited to five people and funerals are limited to a maximum of 10 people. The prime minister Scott Morrison also said there are to be no house parties and people should not congregate in groups.

Narromine Shire general manager Jane Redden said that the council would continue to monitor the national coronavirus pandemic, but would like to assure the community essential services would continue.

In Narromine council businesses and services which are closed until further notice include: The Narromine and Trangie Aquatic Centres, Narromine sports and Fitness Centre, council's customer services and payments centre. The council's depots are closed to the public.

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The council's waste facilities and waste transfer stations, water and sewer services, rubbish collection and planning and health survey functions are not affected at this time.

"Council outdoor work operations are being assessed to ensure the ongoing safety of our employees and the community," Ms Redden said.

Narromine Shire mayor Craig Davies is also reassuring elderly residents in the shire that help will be available amid the growing fears of COVID-19 and said this would be discussed this week.

"We are very mindful of the elderly people in the shire and we will be looking to see what further steps can be taken to ensure that they're are looked after during this period," he said.

"Because it will be a period of anxiety for a lot and we certainly want to give people the comfort that there's people they can talk to and there's help at hand should they need it."

Cr Davies also said while the situation was "overwhelming", panic buying in local supermarkets was unnecessary and asks people to be mindful.

"Were taking steps to ensure that whatever comes into town, stays in town, and people who come out here just to buy toilet paper will be turned away," councillor Davies said.

"We hope that sanity can prevail in our supermarkets, were all in this together, take what you need, don't hoard it, items are still being delivered on a regular basis."

Narromine's customer services and payments centre can be contacted on 6889 9999 and via online services. A reminder payments can be made via eNotices, over the phone or in person at any Australia Post branch.