OPINION

'The situation for Fairfield at the moment is critical'

The COVID-19 testing site is open at the Fairfield Showground seven-days-a-week, 8am to 10pm. Picture: Chris Lane
The COVID-19 testing site is open at the Fairfield Showground seven-days-a-week, 8am to 10pm. Picture: Chris Lane

As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in NSW and particularly in Fairfield I would like to take this opportunity to address the community on several issues.

Firstly I would like to thank those members of the Fairfield community who have been following the health guidelines and adhering to the stay-at-home orders. I would also like to thank the community leaders in Fairfield for their efforts in disseminating the information given to us by NSW Health in different languages. One of the major difficulties in the Fairfield area has been the language barrier in obtaining current and updated recommendations and our community leaders have a done a stellar job in making sure that everyone in the community is aware of the information in their own languages, and also in encouraging the community to keep doing the right thing.

The situation for Fairfield at the moment is critical - we need to decrease the number of cases in our community. We can do this if we all work together towards the common goal of having zero cases, not just for our local area but for the state of NSW.

The message is clear - stay at home as much as possible and only leave the home for essential purposes such as work, education and for food shopping. I urge everyone who must leave their homes for these purposes to be vigilant and to adhere to the health mandates of wearing a mask, practising social distancing and sanitising. Also if at all possible, please contact relatives and friends by means of the internet or phone, and limit contact with anyone outside of your own household.

This is a challenging time for our community. However, I know Fairfield residents have faced tough times before this and have come through. We can do it again. I encourage everyone to work together and do their part to combat this latest outbreak of COVID-19 in our community.