Stay home and stay safe this Easter

8 April, 2020Posted in: Community

Bowral Town

Wingecarribee Shire Mayor Duncan Gair is reminding holidaymakers to postpone their visit to the Southern Highlands this Easter in a bid to help the nation tackle the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

“It’s important that we all heed the advice from our Federal and State leaders and cancel all non-essential travel,” he said.

“This message is critical in the lead-up to the holiday weekend and what is normally one of the busiest periods of the year on our Shire’s roads.”

Mayor Gair said regional towns and isolated communities were extremely vulnerable in the face of the pandemic.

“This virus doesn’t discriminate between cities, towns or villages,” he said.

“We’ve not long battled the most devastating bush fires that have threatened our Shire and we don’t need any added pressure on our local health system or emergency services.

“While we would normally welcome guests with open arms we ask all visitors to postpone their travels and return to the Highlands when the threat of this pandemic has eased.

“We promise you’ll have a wonderful time in the Southern Highlands when things have returned to normal.”

Mayor Gair said travelling should be confined to essential trips only.

“This means we should only be travelling for work, school, to buy essential staples, for medical appointments, exercise or emergencies,” he said.

“Conversely, the advice to stay home this Easter also applies to Southern Highlanders.

“Travelling for holidays this Easter is sadly not an option for anyone.”

For further information and advice on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert visit the

Australian Government Department of Health and NSW Health websites.

“It’s now more important than ever that we continue to look after one another,” the Mayor added.

“Please stay home, stay safe and help save lives.”