The Murray River in Australia is known for its various houseboats, camping grounds, golfing, cruises, food, and the whole experience of fun and laughter with family and friends. It encompasses the banks of New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia. For most residents within these areas, the activities that the river offers are bountiful. Families love camping the whole day while the dads go fishing. They can go canoeing or kayaking through the small currents and safely head back and have a barbeque waiting for them. Couples spend their anniversaries by going on a romantic river cruise, driving around the Murray area, or merely getting a taste of the river’s food and wines.
Unfortunately, the Murray River is one of Australia’s attractions that have been affected in the latest COVID-19 plague. All in all, it has been a challenging time for the country’s tourism industry, and the measures are taken to control the pandemic have tremendously impacted the river and its resources. Instead of this, the Murray River Management continues to inspire tourists and residents by providing updates and tips to help flatten the virus curve in their ways. Here are some simple yet useful tips to prevent contamination, keep yourselves safe amidst the spread of COVID-19.
Tips To Stay Safe And Protected From COVID-19
The key to everything is to stay at home except only if you need to do essentials, which include purchasing medications, to work or study if not possibly done online, and shopping for food and other essential supplies. If you insist on going to funerals where there are at least five or more people, you must remember to keep your distance at 1.5 meters. Keep your mask on, and when you get home, don’t go inside if you have not washed your hands. Aside from funerals and weddings, you are to avoid gathering in public unless you are with members of your home or you are working in the same workplace.
Campgrounds and caravan parks will remain closed and will only accommodate overnight travelers, individuals or families who permanently live in caravan parks or campgrounds, and other people who have no permanent homes. For truck stops, there are designated areas for these services, and selling food and drinks to drivers and passengers in truck stop areas is still allowed.
Guidelines for travel include:
- Everybody is advised to stay home except only when you need to buy essential goods or to receive medical care.
- All Australian residents are encouraged to postpone or just cancel travel that is not essential.
- Seniors, meaning those aged over 65 with preexisting illnesses or indigenous individuals over 50 years old with pre-existing illnesses, must stay home for their safety.
- Anyone who arrives in Australia is mandated to undertake a 14-day quarantine at facilities that have been prepared for quarantine. However, the only people who can travel to Australia at this time are the permanent residents, citizens, or immediate family members of a permanent resident.
Guidelines for self-protection include:
- Wash your hands for 20 seconds, and as much as possible, follow the steps in proper handwashing. Do this before cooking, eating, or feeding others.
- Practice social distancing. Keep in mind to stay 1.5 meters away from other people.
- Don’t get out of the house if you are sick, or even if you feel slightly sick.
- Cover your mouth with your elbow when you sneeze.
- Take care of elderly family members. Call them and check on how they’re doing. Shop for them. Be compassionate.
- If, unfortunately, you get sick and you notice coronavirus symptoms manifesting, seek medical attention immediately. If you are hesitant or afraid, call a friend, or, better yet, the Coronavirus Health Information Office. Someone will be available for you 24/7. Talk it out. When you’re ready, which should be very soon, go to the nearest hospital and seek treatment.