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New rules have been introduced to pubs across the Coast that will limit group bookings to a maximum of 10 people and cap the number of customers inside a venue at 300 following a concerning rise in COVID-19 cases in Sydney.
The tough new compliance measures will also see dedicated Hygiene Marshalls patrol venues to keep customers safe and ensure the mandatory implementation of a COVID-Safe plan.
Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, said the new measures, agreed to by the NSW Australian Hotels Association, will come into force from Friday.
A Halekulani man is before the courts after he allegedly assaulted a police officer.
The alleged assault occurred on Tuesday morning after two officers attached to Tuggerah Lakes Police District were called to Walu Ave on two occasions that morning to reports of a man threatening residents and trespassing.
On the second occasion, the man allegedly punched and kneed a 47-year-old female senior constable in the head multiple times before the other officer was able to restrain and arrest him.
The 28-year-old man has since been charged and was bail refused at Wyong Local Court.
Dozens of residents have taken to Facebook after Councillor Greg Best failed on Monday night to convince Central Coast Council to issue an assurance that red bin collections will definitely not be scaled back from weekly to fortnightly.
Cr Best first raised the issue in July last year, prior to the public exhibition of the Central Coast Waste Strategy, which makes numerous references encouraging the reduction of red bin pick up cycles as an environmental and cost saving device.
But councillors failed to support his motion, voting instead to wait until the draft Resource Management Strategy comes back to Council.
Facebook posts have suggested scaling back collections could lead to increased illegal dumping and many have said the red bins would need to be bigger if collected only once a fortnight.
Senior citizens looking for animal companionship can take advantage of a 50 per cent discount on adoption fees for senior pets at the RSPCA’s Central Coast Shelter at Somersby.
The new offer is open to all NSW Seniors’ Card and Senior Savers’ Card holders and applies to all cats and dogs aged 8 and over.
Seniors who take up this offer will also receive a 10 per cent discount on veterinary treatment at RSPCA animal hospitals.
If a senior is no longer able to look after their pet, the animal can be returned to the RSPCA or re-fostered under the free Home Ever After program.
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I’m Cec Bucello for Central Coast Newspapers.