COVID-19

How The Pandemic Changes Our Programs

COVID-19 is an illness that is caused by a virus and is highly contagious. This new strain of the coronavirus was identified in December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread throughout the world, across most countries. The virus has had a detrimental impact on economies, businesses and the daily lives of people globally.

The massive disruption caused by COVID-19 has led to several changes in how society operates, and Lamington National Park is no exception. 

You can take certain precautions to protect yourself if you plan on visiting a national park anytime soon. First, you should endeavour to check Park Alerts before visiting constantly. This would keep you up-to-date with all the necessary information you might need to know about the specific location. 

Second, you should ensure that you only visit open sites with car spaces. You should also follow social distancing measures and ensure that you avoid large crowds. Furthermore, do not underestimate the importance of practising basic hygiene. This includes regularly washing your hands with soap, making use of alcohol-based sanitisers and making good use of your nose mask.

Finally, try your best to avoid closed areas except you get authorisation. Otherwise, adhere to local closures for your own safety.

As with many other organisations or businesses, we have had to make certain fundamental changes to the way we operate to ensure the safety of visitors and workers. In light of this, we have adopted certain conditions in our national park and recreation areas in line with Queensland Health COVID-19 directives. 

With respect to these directives, we have put limits on the number of campsites. This is in order to ensure social distancing and reduce the risk of infection. Also, we have limited the number of people that can access our amenities at once. This is also intended to maintain social distancing among visitors. In addition, we now conduct enhanced cleaning regimes in our facilities to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19 via residual droplets on surfaces. 

Other measures that have been put in place include the recording of visitors’ contact information in order to help with contact tracing. Also, we do not allow visitors to visit campsites if they have visited a declared COVID-19 Hotspot within 14 days. Similarly, visitors who have made contact with a known COVID-19 case or have the symptoms of COVID-19 within 14 days, are not allowed to attend campsites.

While preparing for any visit, you can help keep your community safe by watching out for signs that you have COVID-19. There are a couple of symptoms that might indicate that you have been infected. These symptoms normally appear 2-14 days after infection. Some of these symptoms include fever, cough, headache, sore throat, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell and nausea. While each of these symptoms can occur in isolation and without any connection to COVID-19, it is advisable that you take the appropriate measures if you notice a couple of these symptoms.

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