AS a long-time resident, I know how important tourism is to Oberon's economy.
(min cost $8)
Login or signup to continue reading
However, council's webpages actively encouraged people to visit Oberon (the vast majority from Sydney, which has many hot spots for COVID-19).
Anyone who was in Oberon over the snow weekend would have witnessed the blatant disregard of social distancing by the vast majority of visitors.
To actively encourage mass tourism to a small town with a large elderly population and a dedicated aged care facility during a pandemic is absolutely reprehensible conduct.
I think no-one stopped to think that there are still active transmissions of COVID-19 happening in Sydney, being blinded by the chance to make a quick buck.
If COVID-19 breaks out in Oberon, and gets into our aged care facility, who is going to be responsible? I think the answer is obvious.
Tourism is a good thing for Oberon, but given the elderly population, steps must be taken to prevent unnecessary sightseeing until this pandemic is over.
Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date.