Illawarra residents who drive around the region to visit friends of family this Easter could face hefty fines, as local police join the statewide crackdown on non-essential travel.
That was the message from Wollongong police commander Superintendent Evan Quarmby, who said people needed to "re-think" their traditional long-weekend plans.
He warned that police would be "out in force" conducting their usual Easter road safety operation as well as enforcing new restrictions in place under the COVID-19 public health order, especially at public spaces, beaches and national parks.
Speeding, mobile phone, seatbelt and motorcycle helmet offences will attract double demerit points as usual on a long-weekend.
Meanwhile, NSW Health called for expressions of interest for frontline health workers and support staff to apply through a dedicated online portal.
Richard Griffiths,Workforce Planning and Talent Development executive director, said the new website would enable companies and individuals to register their skills for potential positions ahead of expected demand across the healthcare system.
"[This portal is] a place for organisations to register their staff with appropriate skills who might be stood down during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Whether you are a qualified healthcare worker or have relevant non-clinical skills, you can provide vital support to our system and bolster our response to this crisis."
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