As of the Monday, NSW entered the first stage of reopening as the state vaccination rate hit 70 per cent.
There is definitely a sense that we are starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel.
It's been a very long road and I know that many of you are exhausted and missing our usual lifestyle.
For those longing to reunite with family and friends, that day cannot come fast enough. The same can be said for our many businesses relying on visitation, the day we return we see the end of restrictions will be monumental.
The roadmap does give hope to us, that we will be able to safely see our loved ones soon, and do all of the things we miss. But we're not quite out of the difficult period yet.
A lot of the regulation of the NSW roadmap sits with businesses, who have to turn away their visitors if they cannot provide proof of their vaccinations. This places enormous pressure on them, when they have already endured a difficult two years.
As we all adjust to the new rules, it's important to put ourselves in the position of local business owners, and to be kind and patient with staff who are doing their best to do their jobs and implement the rules of the new Public Health Orders.
Our local businesses have been through an incredibly tough two years, with the bushfires, floods, and COVID-19 impacts.
The new COVID-19 Health orders are enforceable, and our businesses cannot afford fines for not following them with all that they have been through.
We may not all agree with how the roadmap is staged, but we are a community. A close community.
We have been through much worse together, and though it is not ideal, we need to act with the same comradery that we always show in times of hardship.
Council has collated 10 tips to support our local businesses during this time, which includes advice for supporting from home, or when visiting in store.
To find council's guide to supporting local, visit pmhc.nsw.gov.au/ Support-Local