Gundungurra Tribal Council – Gundungurra

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COVID-19 & Our Community

The Coronavirus Pandemic, which originated from Wuhan, China, entered Australia in January 2020. It is a deadly disease with a high risk of transmission between individuals. It is linked to SARS-COV2 of 2002 but slightly different. For instance, it can be transmitted from surfaces to humans. It can also be transmitted through body contact. It has various symptoms such as difficulty in breathing, dry coughs, loss of smell or taste, high temperature, and sore throat. Symptoms may be severe or mild.

The risk of transmission is high and enters the body through various openings such as the ear, eye, mouth, etc. In response to the pandemic’s increasing rate, the Australian Government placed restrictions on movement and banned travels from across the country and beyond. The government also issued directives on face masks’ compulsory use in public places, practising social distancing, limiting social gathering, and encouraging frequent hand washing.

Lockdown measures were also employed, which affects a quite number of businesses. Perhaps the most affected business is the travel and tourism sector with the imposition of lockdown and travel bans during this uncertain time. In turn, our tourist activities have been significantly affected. In line with government directives, we have had to close down our tourist activities to prevent the spreads of the virus.

Regardless, we look forward to opening and receiving your curious mind. We are committed to ensuring that we provide a safe environment for everyone interested in exploring our culture. In line with the directives and instructions of the government, we have provided certain facilities and guidelines for the protection of our tourists against the deadly virus:

  • Enforcing the social distancing rules
  • Provision of COVID materials (face masks; alcohol-based sanitisers etc.) to tourists
  • Provision of hand-washing station
  • Provision of the isolation centre
  • Frequent disinfection of environment.

To stop the spread of the virus and encourage zero transmission, all tourists must abide by the following rules and regulations.

  • Practice hand washing as often as possible. Wash your hands for at least 20-30 minutes in a day. The virus may be transmitted into the body from the hands to any openings in the body.
  • Stay at least 2ft away from the next person and encourage social distancing.
  • No face mask means expulsion from premises.
  • Isolate yourself if you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above.

Other directives relating to personal care are:

  • Only touch openings in your body with washed or sanitised hands.
  • Use your face shields/face mask in public places.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating well, especially fruits, and doing regular exercise.
  • Get tested and isolate yourself once you experience the symptoms associated with COVID-19
  • Keep yourself updated on COVID-19 situations.
  • Check restrictions before travelling

Be your brothers’ keeper by staying safe. Stop the spread of the virus.

Finally, we are working towards improving our virtual tour platform by creating an information app and providing an exciting experience. We also stay up to date with information from the disease control body and the government and enjoin our tourists to do the same.