Port Stephens business operators urged to be cautious ahead of winter school break

INCREDIBLE: An aerial view of d'Albora Marina, Nelson Bay. Picture: Bonita Holmes-Nuu
INCREDIBLE: An aerial view of d'Albora Marina, Nelson Bay. Picture: Bonita Holmes-Nuu

Port Stephens is expected to be teeming with visitors during the winter school holidays but this knowledge has prompted a call from the state government for businesses and tourism operators to be cautious about bookings from Victoria.

Operators are being urged to review the postcodes of bookings and contact anyone who had booked from COVID-19 hotspots in Victoria, which in recent weeks has experienced a spike in coronavirus cases.

A state government spokesperson said that should operators having visitors coming from the hotspot areas, should consider contacting them to discuss concerns, and if required offer a credit or reschedule the booking.

The hotspots are the local government areas of Hume, Casey, Brimbank, Moreland, Cardinia and Darebin, and the advice for people living in these suburbs is to avoid travelling.

For Port Stephens visitors with symptoms, testing centres are available at Tomaree Community Hospital and Raymond Terrace health clinic.

For a list of activities to do during the break, see the Port Stephens Holiday Guide on pages 13 to 20.

In line with the winter school break, further COVID-19 restrictions were due to come into effect on July 1.

From Wednesday, the number of people allowed inside indoor venues will be determined by the 'one person per 4 square metre' rule.

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