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Byron Shire Council COVID-19 Update playgrounds and skateparks reopening

Byron Shire Council is reopening playgrounds, outdoor gym equipment and skateparks following the decision by the NSW Government to ease some restrictions in NSW.

People do however need to remember that outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people and this applies to people using playgrounds, skateparks and fitness equipment.  Social distancing rules also apply.

Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson, said the easing of restrictions was good news for parents and children, but people still need to heed the NSW Government’s rules.

“If you go to a playground and there are more than 10 people there – please leave and go back later,” Mayor Richardson said.

“For those of us with kids, we are getting agonisingly close to providing them some normality, so the last thing we want is to be in the situation where we have to shut everything again,” he said.

Staff are thoroughly cleaning all playgrounds for reopening but people need to take responsibility for their personal hygiene including washing hands before and after using play equipment. 

“The NSW Government is saying that people should assume the person who has used the equipment before them has COVID-19 so everyone needs to take responsibility and make sure they wash their hands and that of their children, and carry santiser as well,” Mayor Richardson said.

The Northern NSW Health District (NNSWHD) has announced there have been two more cases of COVID-19 detected in the region. 

The free COVID-19 clinic at the Byron Central Hospital is operating seven days a week and anyone with symptoms including a fever, sore throat, cough or shortness of breath is urged to get tested. 

“With the easing of restrictions and the detection of two more cases in the health district, which stretches from Grafton to Tweed, now more than ever, we need to remain vigilant and observe social distancing protocols and that means keeping 1.5m away from everyone except people in your household,” Mayor Richardson said.

UPDATE  (15 May 2020) ON COUNCIL SERVICES AND FACILITIES

Playgrounds, skateparks and outdoor fitness equipment
Open but people need to note social distancing protocols.

Byron Wetlands (West Byron Sewage Treatment Plant)
Open but only for people on their own. No groups are allowed and the bird hide and interpretive centre remain closed.

Council offices – Mullumbimby
Closed but staff are available via telephone and email. Call 6626 7000 or email council@byron.nsw.gov.au.

Carparks – Byron Bay and Broken Head
Closed until further notice.

Libraries
Closed to face-to-face customers but a ‘click and collect’ service is operating.  Go to www.rtrl.nsw.gov.au for information.

Pools
Closed for the winter season.

Information about changes to Council’s facilities in relation to COVID-19 is available at www.byron.nsw.gov.au/covid-19.

For information on the NSW Government’s Public Health Order and the easing of restrictions go to www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19.

STONE & WOOD INTRODUCES ‘WELCOME BACK’ SESSIONS FOR 10 PEOPLE AT BYRON & BRISBANE BREWERIES

Independent brewery Stone & Wood is preparing to pour their first beers in months, as they begin welcoming patrons back into their Byron Bay and Brisbane breweries in response to the state governments’ relaxed restrictions on gatherings from this weekend (15 May 2020).

From Friday 15 May in Byron and Saturday 16 May in Brisbane, Stone & Wood is inviting up to 10 people at a time to their ‘Welcome Back’ sessions every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, where patrons pre-book their spots and preferred time slot online before heading to either brewery.

Pre-booked sessions are $40 per person and include a three-beer tasting paddle, a meal, a brief tour with the Stone & Wood crew and a voucher for the bottle shop. There are four 100-minute sessions per Friday, Saturday and Sunday at both breweries between 12pm and 8pm.

From Tuesday 12 May for either Byron or Brisbane, patrons can book a single spot or any number of spots up to 10 for their friends, or groups of 10 can book out an entire session and enjoy the brewery to themselves.

Stone & Wood’s specially trained crew will be keeping the breweries spotless and sanitised during and between the Welcome Back sessions. Any additional purchases will be card only, plus the crew will be practising physical distancing where possible.

Since closing their doors in response to COVID-19 in late March, both Stone & Wood’s Tasting Room in Byron Bay and its Brisbane brewery in Fortitude Valley have been operating as takeaway windows for local beer-lovers to purchase cartons, six-packs and 1L sharer bottles of beer.

But the federal government’s recent announcement of the first phase of the Roadmap to a COVIDSafe Australia was welcomed by the Stone & Wood, who are looking forward to hosting their respective communities in the breweries once again.

Bookings can be made at www.stoneandwood.com.au from Tuesday 12 March. In response to the government-mandated closures of pubs, clubs and venues around the country that came into effect late March, the independent Northern Rivers brewery has been part of the #KeepingLocalAlive campaign, a movement of independent breweries working to keep ‘indie’ Australian-owned beer alive during the last few months of restrictions.

Francis Cloake fine art beach photography

Francis Cloake is a Byron Bay based photographer.

After taking time out to raise a family, she returned to photography in 2018 with the fine art photographic series, Surf. This collection of fine art photographic limited edition prints has sold to collectors in Australia, Hong Kong and Los Angeles.

Francis has held numerous solo and group exhibitions in London and Australia, and is currently represented by Pack Gallery Studio in Bangalow and Martine Gallery in Sydney. 

An artist capable of transforming well-known subjects into objects of evocative beauty and wonder, Francis has limited edition fine art photography prints available at www.folkeart.com and you can follow her on Instagram @folkeart.

Stone & Wood Virtual Brewery Tour

Join Tasting Room manager Jess Flynn – beer-in-hand – for a three-part virtual brewery tour that reflects the real-life Stone & Wood brewery tours hosted in their Byron Bay brewery, and enjoy learning about our history, beers, brewing, team and our approach to conscious business.

Part One, Welcome to Stone & Woods Tasting Room

In part one, Jess welcomes you to the Tasting Room and walks you through the drinking space, our team’s offices, the brewhouse, the brew deck and Stone & Woods Pilot Batch brewery.

Part two, The Ingredients

 

This part of the tour is fairly educational - you can soak up Jess’s knowledge, covering the German purity law – aka the Reinheitsgebot –, malting, water types and plenty of beer-science fun facts. 

Part Three, The Brewing Process

Atop the Tasting Room brew deck, which overlooks verdant wetlands and a rolling ridge covered in trees – nice office for our brewers, huh? – Jess shows us step by step how exactly Stone & Wood turn water, malt, hops and yeast into beer.

Be sure to visit Stone & Woods brewery and tasting room, you can learn more and book a tour at www.stoneandwood.com.au/brewery-tours/.

kNOw Your RIVERS playlist by Howl & Moan Records in Byron Bay

Howl & Moan Records in Byron Bay have created a spotify playlist featuring all up and coming bands and artists based in the Northern Rivers. 

As you can imagine, all these artists have lost not only their gig income but their normal day job. 

Having their music streamed means at least a minimum amount of income can come in during these difficult times. 

kNOw your RIVERS on Spotify

Howl & Moan Records deal in vinyl records, cassettes, turntables, accessories, merchandise, books & posters.

Learn more via their Instagram, Facebook + merch at www.howlandmoanrecords.bigcartel.com, or at their shop at 4/103 Jonson Street Byron Bay.

Bluesfest Flashback - David Harris Photography

David Harris is a freelance photojournalist specialising in Music, Events, Festivals and Arts from Melbourne. For years he's been making the trip to Byron each Easter to shoot Bluesfest. 

With Bluesfest 2020 cancelled, David's been sharing his festival memories on Facebook, here are some of his favorites. 

Vintage Trouble ⁠- Bluesfest Byron Bay 2016⁠

Eagles Of Death Metal - Bluesfest Byron Bay 2016

Michael Franti and Spearhead - Bluesfest Byron Bay 2015⁠

The Decemberists - Byron Bay Bluesfest 2016

The National - Byron Bay Bluesfest 2016

Buddy Guy - Byron Bay Bluesfest 2017

Be sure and follow David Harris Photography on Instagram, Facebook and visit his website at www.davidharris.photography... and, we'll see you all at Bluesfest 2021!

Visitors told to stay away from Byron Shire

Orders from the NSW Minister for Health and Medical Research, Brad Hazard, have officially made Byron Shire off-limits to visitors.

The Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020 directs that a person must not leave their residence without a reasonable excuse such as food shopping, work, exercise or going to a medical appointment.  Going on a holiday is not a reasonable excuse.

Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson, said the message cannot possibly be any louder or clearer – do not come to Byron Shire for a day-trip or the Easter weekend.

“NSW Police and Council will not tolerate people coming to our Shire at this desperate and dire time,” Mayor Richardson said.

“If people have booked an apartment or holiday house for Easter then that is too bad – everyone in our community is hurting, our businesses are closed, people are scared and vulnerable and the vast majority of residents are absolutely heeding the isolation and social distancing rules.

“For the health and safety of our residents we cannot afford to expose ourselves to COVID-19 any more than we have been already,” Mayor Richardson said.

“There are very heavy penalties for failing to comply with these Government Orders and local Police have informed Council they are taking the matter very, very seriously.

“If people are aware of anyone planning to come to Byron for a break – tell them to think again because, as we are telling them #ByronStayHome - they are not welcome at the moment,” Mayor Richardson said.

byronbay.com and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

byronbay.com has been providing information to people who love and visit Byron since 1997. Over the past decade or so, this has included information posted, shared and curated via our two active blogs and across all our social media channels.

The worldwide coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is an unprecedented event with huge ramification to just about every aspect of our lives... including the tourism and travel industries.

In Byron, many upcoming festivals and events have been postponed or cancelled and venues have closed. We publish (and regularly update) a list of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cancellations in Byron Bay.

The official government regulations and advice around coronavirus (COVID-19) in Australia is constantly changing.

Pubic facing businesses in Byron are making adjustment to the services they offer.

If you are making plans to interact with a business in Byron, we recommend you access recent direct announcements or make direct contact before finalising any plans.

Going forward, byronbay.com will

  • Continue to publish as much up to date and accurate information as we can around the affects coronavirus (COVID-19) has on local events and venues.
  • Continue to provide a direct connection to many local tourism business for both people who may need to make changes to existing plans as well as helping people make future plans.
  • Continue to share a variety of great images of Byron to our socials to both spark memories of past visits and inspire future visits.

 

Part of Byron's charm and appeal has always been that it's a concentration of individuals.

With that in mind, please be aware that our broader 'tourism' industry is made up of many individual small businesses - that don't often have (or have access to) the resources available in more corporatised 'tourism' destinations. Your ongoing encouragement and support is very much appreciated.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) cancellations in Byron Bay

A range of events and venues are being canceled, postponed and temporarily shut down in Byron Bay due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Here is a list with links through to further details. 

Updated 31 March at 10:00 am, please send any related information through to ask@byron-bay.com

Byron Shire Council responses to COVID-19
Council-managed community halls ar closed, a temporary three-month suspension of all busking licences and Main Beach and Clark’s Beach carparks ar closed. Full detail via www.byron.nsw.gov.au/Community/Public-health-and-safety/Coronavirus-COVID-19.

Closed: Stage 1 restrictions from midday Monday 23 March.
All Registered and licensed clubs and licensed premises in hotels and pubs. Entertainment venues, cinemas, casinos and nightclubs. Indoor sporting venues including gyms. ️Places of worship. And, Restaurants and cafes will be restricted to takeaway only. Full detail via www.pm.gov.au/media/update-coronavirus-measures-220320

Closed: Byron Visitor Centre
The Visitor Centre is closed from 24 March till further notice. Full detail via their Instagram.

Cancelled: Byron Writers Festival 2020
2021 dates are 6-8 August. Full details at www.byronwritersfestival.com.

Closed: Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens
They look forward to welcoming you back as soon as possible, full announcement via www.crystalcastle.com.au.

Closed: Stone & Wood Brewing
Tasting Rooms are closed until further notice, our Byron Tasting Room TAKEAWAY WINDOW is now open and they're offering FREE online shipping to your door Australia-wide. Full announcement via their Facebook Page.

Paused: The Byron Flea Market
The Byron Youth Activities Centre (YAC) team,  is sad to announce that the Byron Flea is on hold until further notice. For updates on the Flea & other YAC offerings visit www.bys.org.au.

Closed: The Farm
It's with heavy hearts that we must temporarily close The Farm gate to the public tonight until further notice. Full announcement via their Facebook Page.

Suspended: Byron Solar Train
Services suspended from 24 March, they will resume service as soon as possible. Full details at www.byronbaytrain.com.au.

Rescheduled: Splendour in the Grass Festival 2020
Splendour in the Grass 2020 is being rescheduled to Friday 23, Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 October 2020 at North Byron Parklands. Full details at www.splendourinthegrass.com

Cancelled: The 2020 Byron Bay Bluesfest, Easter long weekend
Event organiser Peter Noble posted to Facebook on 16 March. "It is obvious we will not be on this Easter. We are heartbroken as we believe we were presenting one of the best ever bills of talent for you." Full detail at www.bluesfest.com.au

Paused: Byron Markets
It is with heavy hearts that the Byron Community Centre announce the pausing of all Byron Bay Markets until further notice – this includes Byron Community Market, Byron Beachside Market and Byron Twilight Market. Full details via www.byroncentre.com.au.

Postponed: Byron Bay Triathlon
The event is on hold while the organisers work with their partners on a suitable rescheduled date. Full detail via www.byronbaytri.com.au.

Closed: Byron Theatre
It is with a heavy heart that the Byron Community Centre wish to inform you that the Byron Theatre will be closed for all events until further notice. Full details via www.byroncentre.com.au.

Closed: Palace Cinema Byron Bay
Will temporarily close all Palace Cinema locations from Thursday the 19th of March for an indefinite period and intend to re-open as soon as circumstances allow. Full detail via www.palacecinemas.com.au.

Closed: Brunswick Picture House
Has taken the decision to postpone all our upcoming shows and events and are effectively closed until after renovations are completed later this year. Full detail via www.brunswickpicturehouse.com.

Cancelled: The Bangalow Market 
The March 22 market has been cancelled, the status of future Bangalow Markets will be actively monitored and updates posted on their website. Full detail via www.bangalowmarket.com.au.

Closed areas: Cape Byron Lighthouse and Maritime Museum 
The grounds and precinct are open, but the Lighthouse itself is closed, the museum is closed and tours have been suspended. Full detail at www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

Postponed: Stone & Wood Murbah Open Day 2020
This event brings our Northern Rivers community together, Stone & Wood are disappointed to postpone Murbah Open Day 2020 until further notice. Full detail via www.stoneandwood.com.au.

Postponed: Renew Fest 2020 
Renew Fest 2020 has been postponed to 20th-22nd of Nov. and is exploring other ways they can assist our local and national communities. Full detail via www.renewfest.org.au.

Cancelled: Harvest Festival 1-9 May
Northern Rivers Food has reluctantly decided to cancel the 2020 Harvest Festival. Full announcement via their Facebook Page.

Cancelled: The Byron Bay Property Sales Ocean Swim Classic 
The organisers are disappointed to announce the cancellation of the event and that they are unable to donate to their selected charities and local organisations. Full detail at www.byronbayoceanswimclassic.com.au.

Closed: Byron Bay Brewery
Because the venue is connected with the brewery, they are closed as a precaution to the brewery site allowing them to keep on brewing. Full announcement via their Facebook Page.

Closed: Lone Goat Gallery
Lone Goat Gallery will temporarily close, initially for two weeks (from 17 March 2020). The forthcoming exhibition by Hannah Cutt -Buoys will be Buoys- is postponed. Full announcement via www.lonegoatgallery.com.

Postponed: CARNABYRON 2020
Organisers are working on the best outcome for their community event, a new date will be announced as soon as possible. Full announcement via their Facebook Page.

Date Change: Curious
The April CURIOUS is now re-scheduled for May 2 and will be the first Groove Terminator show for over 12 years in Byron Shire. Full announcement via their Facebook Page.

Postponed: Bangalow Billycart Derby 
In consultation with the Bangalow Public School P&C and Byron Shire Council our new date for the derby is set for Sunday 20th September 2020. Full announcement via their Facebook Page.

Postponed: Brunswick Heads Old & Gold Festival 
Organisers looking for a date later in the year. Full announcement via their Facebook Page.

Postponed: Northern Rivers EV Forum 2020
At this stage, Zero Emissions Byron aim to reschedule to 26 September 2020, unless this date needs to be updated due to changing circumstances. Full announcement via their Facebook Event.

Cancelled: Circus Arts Byron Bay
The circus show "80's Circus Jam" on the 3rd of April 2020 in their Byron Bay venue has now been cancelled. Full announcement via their Facebook Page.

Closed: Woody's Surf Shack
Have made the decision to close their doors and cease operations until this public health crisis is resolved. Full announcement via their Facebook Page.

Postponed: Byron Council's public community consultation events
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic Byron Shire Council has postponed plans for a range of public community consultation events in the coming months. Full details via www.byron.nsw.gov.au.

Postponed: Lismore Lantern Parade
Organisers are disappointed to announce that the 2020 Lismore Lantern Parade must be postponed to November. Full announcement via their Facebook Page.

Top 5 Mexican restaurants in Byron

Celebrate taco Tuesday Byron style, or eat great Mexican food everyday in and around Byron Bay. Plus, enjoy cocktails and Mexican beer at the licensed restaurants. Here are the top 5 Mexican restaurants in Byron as voted for by our Facebook fans (listed in alphabtical order).

Chihuahua Taqueria

Brings food groups and flavours found throughout the streets and marketplaces of Mexico to Ol' Byron town. The menu includes all the good gear and more!

Chupacabra

Coastal Mexican taqueria in Byron Bay. CHUPACABRA brings the true taste of coastal Mexico through vibrant, light and wholesome dishes, harnessing the exceptional produce available (with support of a similar climate).

El Camino Cantina

Kick-back post surf with a giant margarita in hand, sombrero on head and unlimited corn chips and salsa! El Camino Cantina offers an authentic Tex-Mex experience you’ll never forget!

La Casita Brunswick Heads

An authentic, regional style of Mexican cuisine in a casual, mostly outdoor setting. Fully licensed with a mix of cocktails, beers, wines and spirits - no BYO or takeaway option.

Miss Margarita Byron Bay

A friendly place which blends the energy and flavours of Mexico with the beachy vibe of Byron. Daily HAPPY HOUR from 5pm to 6pm. Limited reservations in winter, a ‘walk-in’ only restaurant the rest of the year. 

Best of Byron

Discover our Best of Byron series. Find out where to grab the best coffee, brunch, burgers, fish & chips, Mexicanbreakfasts, pizza, ice cream, cocktails, and romantic dinners – according to you.

(note - businesses listed in alphabetical order as voted for by our Facebook fans - no 'pay for placement'. However, we do link to, and hope you will best support, business that advertise with byronbay.com)

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