Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Kempsey Shire Council response to the coronavirus

Updated 3 December 2021

This page provides the Kempsey Shire community with information about coronavirus (COVID-19). For the latest COVID-19 updates and resources, including information on the Omicron variant of COVID-19, please visit the NSW Government website.

Important update

Easing restrictions for fully vaccinated people

On Monday 8 November 2021, the NSW Government eased COVID-19 restrictions for fully vaccinated people. The changes included:
  • no limits on the number of visitors to your home
  • no booking limits for restaurants and hospitality
  • no capacity limits for major recreation and entertainment facilities.

You still need to check in with a QR code and show proof you are fully vaccinated in most places. For full details of the rules and restrictions, see Opening up NSW from 8 November.

The NSW Government will further ease restrictions once the state reaches the 95 per cent double dose vaccination target, or on 15 December, whichever comes first - see Update on further easing of restrictions.

Rules for people who are not fully vaccinated

If you are not fully vaccinated, please see the NSW Government's Rules for people who are not fully vaccinated.

Proof of vaccination

If you are fully vaccinated, there are several options to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status. See Get proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

COVID-19 testing

It is vital that people monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms and, if they appear, immediately get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.

The Mid North Coast Local Health District is operating a drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic in Kempsey at the Austral Street boat ramp at Riverside Park.

What to do if you test positive for COVID-19

NSW Health has detailed information on what to do if you test positive for COVID-19. See Confirmed cases of COVID-19.

What to do if you're a close or casual contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case

Read the latest NSW Health instructions and advice at:

Council services

Council is maintaining normal services where possible.

Facilities which are staffed by volunteers or have limited resources and which would require proof of vaccination will close until proof of vaccination is no longer an entry requirement.

Customer Service

As with other essential services like banks and pharmacies, Council's Customer Service Centre does not fit into any of the categories of premises that require mandatory vaccination. Customers are still only required to check in and wear masks. 

  • The Customer Service team is available between 8.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday on 02 6566 3200.
  • The Customer Service Centre in Tozer Street, West Kempsey, is open from 9.00am to 4.30pm. Visitors must follow COVID-safe rules, including wearing masks and checking in.
  • The Mobile Service Desk that visits towns and villages across the shire recently resumed - see Mobile Service Desk.

Council elections

Local government elections will be held on 4 December 2021. For detailed information, see Elections

Please note unvaccinated people may attend a polling place or voting centre to vote or participate in the conduct of an election. This applies even if those premises would otherwise require people to be vaccinated.

Waste services

  • Regular household three-bin kerbside collections continue as normal.
  • The Waste Management Centre on Crescent Head Road and the Waste Transfer Stations in South West Rocks, Stuarts Point and Bellbrook are open.
  • The Mobile Community Recycling Centre is operating - see the Mobile CRC Calendar


Libraries are now open with normal operating hours. Anyone entering any Council library must be fully vaccinated and must show proof upon entry.

Please be aware that COVID-19 restrictions also limit the number of visitors in the libraries, and visitors must wear masks and check in.

All library branches are offering a click-and-collect service which doesn't require entry and therefore doesn't require proof of vaccination.

To access the click-and-collect service, please visit Mid North Coast Library Service or use the Mid North Coast Library App.

Please note you must wear a face mask when collecting items. 

Kempsey Library

Entry to Kempsey Library during the current renovations is from the rear of the building. Please visit the library website for information.

Community facilities

Swimming pools are now open with normal summer timetables, and lifeguard patrols continue at Kempsey Shire beaches.

Anyone entering any of the public pools must be fully vaccinated and must show proof upon entry.

Riverside Park at Kempsey is closed.

Visitor Information Centres

The Kempsey Visitor Information Centre, located at the Slim Dusty Centre, is open on:

  • Tuesday to Saturday - 10am to 4pm
  • Sunday - 10am to 2pm

The South West Rocks Visitor Information Centre is open from 10am to 3pm daily.

Slim Dusty Centre

The Slim Dusty Centre is open on:

  • Tuesday to Saturday - 10am to 4pm
  • Sunday - 10am to 2pm 

The centre is closed on Mondays and public holidays.

Council meetings and public forums

For Council meeting information, see Ordinary meeting dates, agendas and minutes

Community engagement

Community engagement events have been restructured to comply with relevant Public Health Orders. Please visit Your Say Macleay for details of individual projects.

Connecting our community

Council has developed a page to connect services, groups, businesses and community members to the right information and link you to available supports.

On the Connecting our community through COVID-19 page you can share your story of your coronavirus experience, read up on local projects that support the community, take our Business Impact Survey, or browse links to great online events, webinars, exercise classes and creative workshops.

Aboriginal health resources

NSW Health provides a range of Aboriginal health resources. The Australian Government also publishes information about COVID-19 vaccination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Support for business

For information on how Council can support your business, see Support for your business during COVID-19