The Covid-19 pandemic has created challenging times for everyone around the world, but Australians have had an especially tough 12 months – from droughts to bushfires and floods, and now Covid-19. It can often feel overwhelming, but there is a sense of comfort knowing that we are all in this together.
With a new 3-Phased plan by the Federal government, and each state setting their own rules and regulations, it can be difficult to keep track of what you can and can’t do. As we all try to get used to Australia’s ‘new normal’, it’s important to stick to the facts and to protect yourself and others.
How to protect yourself and others while outside
It’s important that we all adhere to the guidelines set by the Australian Government Department of Health. Everyone can help ensure that our communities are kept as safe as possible by practising a few steps set out by health.gov.au
- practise good hygiene by maintaining good hand washing and cough/sneeze hygiene
- practise physical distancing by staying 1.5 metres away from other people whenever and wherever we can
- follow the limits for public gatherings
- stay home if you’re unwell
- download the COVIDSafe app so we can find the virus quickly.
The safety of you, our neighbors, has always remained our top priority and we’ve continued to take steps to ensure our members receive accurate information.
Many state and territory governments are moving forward with different plans of opening back up. We advise everyone to refer to authorised governments sites in your state to keep up to date for the latest information:
Remain patient, kind, and empathetic towards others.
As restrictions ease, people will adjust at their own pace. Everyone’s personal situations vary and we encourage everyone to remain mindful of this when interacting both on and off the Nextdoor platform. Open, inclusive conversations are always encouraged in a friendly and neighbourly way. All neighbours should feel welcome, safe, and respected when using Nextdoor and the information being shared should be helpful and informative to the community. If you’re not sure about your message, refer to our Community Guidelines.
It’s also a great time to thank someone in your community that helped you get through the last 12 months. That’s why we’ve launched our “Thank You, Neighbour” campaign, making it really easy for you to share a special message with your neighbourhood. In times of crisis, our neighbours are often our first line of support, and we thank you all for everything you do to continue to spread kindness in your community.