State Member for Wallsend, Ms Sonia Hornery MP, has confirmed that Men’s Sheds can reopen as part of the easing of restrictions from 13 June following confirmation from the NSW Health Minister.
Late last week, Ms Hornery contacted NSW Health Minister, Brad Hazzard MP, following a number of enquiries from local Men’s Sheds about the easing of restrictions on community centres.
Late yesterday, the NSW Health Minister contacted Ms Hornery to confirm that Men’s Sheds had been given the green light to reopen.
“I want to thank the Health Minister for looking into this matter for me and for the men in the community who were desperate to get some clear advice on whether Men’s Sheds could reopen,” Ms Hornery said.
“I contacted the Health Minister who promised to look into the matter and get back to me with some advice.
“Late yesterday, I received the advice that Men’s Sheds have been given the green light and can reopen as of 13 June, with the appropriate social distancing and hygiene rules in place.
“The new restrictions allow for community centres to be used to provide a service to assist vulnerable members of the public and for counselling and support group services and NSW Health and the Minster consider Men’s Sheds provide a service to vulnerable people.
“This is welcome news to the local Men’s Sheds in the Wallsend electorate who have been in constant contact with my office seeking clarification.
“Men’s Sheds play an important role in the ongoing health of men in our community. Men’s Sheds were set up to improve the health and wellbeing of men in the community and reduce the number of men who are at risk from preventable health issues that may emanate from isolation.
“I look forward to seeing our Men’s Sheds back in operation and doing important work for our community,” Ms Hornery said.