Staying Home

Why staying home is important

The message being spread across the country is to #StayHome. Social distancing and staying at home are at the center of the fight to save lives amid the COVID-19 pandemic because they can help decrease the anticipated spike in cases in Australia. As the need for physicians and other health professionals remains critical, it is vital that people stay at home.

While many people are following recommendations by working from home if they can and canceling trips, others view these precautions as an overreaction. But by eliminating contact with others, staying home and practicing social distancing health care systems can better meet the needs of those who may have COVID-19. Here are some ways these staying-at-home measures can help:

1 – Prevent overwhelmed Hospitals
2 – Protect Health Care Professionals
3- Slow the Spread of Covid-19

Social / Physical Distancing

Social distancing means avoiding close contact with other people.

  • While not always possible, attempt to keep 1.5 metres away from other people
  • Practice good hygiene:
    – Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds
    – Avoid touching your face
    – Cough or sneeze into your elbow or into a tissue – then dispose of the tissue in the bin
  • Regularly disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Stay home if you are unwell
  • Don’t visit vulnerable people in hospitals, aged care facilities, or people with a heart, lung or kidney condition, or diabetes
  • If your child / young person is sick, don’t send them to school or child care until symptoms resolve
  • Plan for the possibility of your child / young person not attending childcare or school because of any future closure
  • Support others in the community by looking out for friends and family
  • Cloud, not crowd – avoid gatherings and stay connected with family, friends and work colleagues through phone, email and social media
  • Stop shaking hands, hugging or kissing as a greeting
  • Re-consider overseas and interstate travel plans

NSW Health advice on social distancing

Details of self isolating / quarantine

Image via ABC News

What to do while isolating at home

Local resources, activities, connections
Physical distancing does NOT mean social isolation

Activities for All


Schedule of various live streaming options

Guide to enjoying the Arts at Home (lots of ideas/resources) Art at Home 

Arts Mid North Coast

The Art Space Urunga online exhibition: Burnt

Watch UK National Theatre performances.  Access to free streamed Theatre performances

Watch Andrew Lloyd Webbers CATS for Free

Virtual tour of the Glasshouse Regional Gallery

Sydney Opera House Digital Season A weekly program of unmissable full length performances, live recording and never-before-seen footage from the Opera House archives



Planting local native plants for our wildlife.  Bellinger Landcare Inc is able to provide people with advice on local native plants which are suitable for specific areas in the shire and then connect people with our local nurseries to arrange plant deliveries.

Growing Veggies and Herbs.  Find out what to plant now in your gardens

Build your own raised Garden Bed.  Full DIY instructions from Bunnings.

Discover birds in Bellingen. Exploring Bellingen is an activity the whole family will enjoy. The variety of bird species that can be spotted on this easy walk through the heart of Bellingen makes it the perfect experience for those who love birds

Learn about weeds in our region.



Office of Sport compiled this resource to help you find suitable ways to safely exercise in and around your home during the COVID-19 outbreak

Free Videos from the YMCA to get active at home including Yoga, Active Older Adults, Bootcamp, Kids, Barre, Core conditioning, Dance Fitness, Pilates, Cycling, Recovery, Weightlifting, Tai Chi, YBox and Youth Sports

Yoga classes with Ann Belcher.  Free audio classes below for those that feel like a stretch.



Guitar  1000 free lessons and songs and a LOT more content to be released soon.

FREE music lessons. Want to take a few music lessons from master musicians for free? A selection of music lesson videos from the Music Academy and to help you be a great musician

Music School Distance Learning (paid)

FREE Sheet Music for everyone.  2124 pieces of music – free to download, modify, print, copy, distribute, perform, and record – all in the Public Domain or under Creative Commons licenses, in PDF, MIDI, and editable LilyPond file formats



Fee-free* short courses TAFE NSW, in conjunction with the NSW Government, is offering a number of courses that can be completed in just days or weeks, offering practical skills and experiences across a range of industries.

More free courses, from Open Learn. Courses have been proven to increase confidence and develop the skills needed to enter Higher Education and succeed with learning. You can choose an OpenLearn course from a wide range of subjects. Some are based on Open University course materials. Others are written specifically for OpenLearn



Psychological resources – for looking after self and children:


Watch a live streamed airshow (planes and tricks!)

Ozgreen have created a new online Community program “Pulse of the Pandemic” (PoP).  PoP uses OzGREEN’s process to inform, inspire and invite people to innovate.

Build a solar heated propagating nook from recyclables, one of TAFE’s free short courses

Kids Activities



Kids podcasts (ie non-screen options) links by age:

Amazon are offering free audio books for as long as schools are closed. In 6 languages!

Live streaming from an Australian zoo

Discover whats in your backyard

Free education resources for preschoolers to 8th Grade



Cosmic Yoga Age 3+ 

Go Noodles. Age 6+ 

Find out about threatened animals that live in NSW.  Years 1-6

Local UK Preschool teacher – 30 min story time and songs (also takes requests and knows the Bellingen area) and kids cookery classes

Playgroup NSW links:

Prodigy, maths learning that kids really enjoy. Age 6+

PE with Joe WicksAge 5 +

The trusty ABC have some great listening content for kids (party time story time and quiet time)
Get involved – lets create a bear hunt around our town for families to try and spot while out exercising:

Live streaming from an Australian zoo


Phone: 02 6655 1121
10am – 2pm Monday – Friday

About Us

Our core objective is to support our community through this.
The Bellingen Shire Connects website brings together, in a coordinated manner, all the information, activities and support provisions of the Pandemic Response Group. It is maintained by the Connections Centre (the central coordination team of the Pandemic Response Group).

Bellingen Shire Connections Centre
Neighbourhood Care Network
Bellingen Shire Council
Pandemic Response Group
COVID clinic
business support network
community care

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