‘Tense time’ for Tweed-Coolangatta over lockdown uncertainty
Businesses along the Tweed-Coolangatta border may struggle to come back from the latest lockdown, a local mayor says.
The Tweed Shire and Byron LGAs have been plunged back into lockdown.
It’s since been revealed that a COVID-positive production staff member from the I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here! reality TV show that flew north from Sydney and was in the border bubble region while infectious for three days.
The lockdown has been described as a crushing blow for businesses struggling to stay afloat.
Tweed Shire mayor Chris Cherry said there was a feeling of frustration and anger on behalf of the community.
“It’s a very tense time for us,” she said.
She said many businesses were devastated by the latest lockdown.
“To have this come crushing down like this, it’s a blow that I don’t know if some of our businesses can come back from it honestly, so it’s going to be very hard times for the next little while.”
Cr Cherry said she was hopeful that there was more understanding about how “inter-connected” the communities were.
“We just need to be on the same page, whatever the restrictions are.”
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A production spokesperson from ITV Studios Australia, which produces the reality show, said they were following a COVID safe plan.
“ITV Studios Australia will continue to implement our comprehensive CovidSAFE plan as we work towards the start of filming of Love Island Australia,” the statement read.
“Our CovidSAFE protocols are in line with NSW Health advice with the safety of everyone involved in the production and the local community in mind.”