MidCoast Council is providing a liaison service to help guide businesses through the process of reopening, which involves ongoing compliance with COVID-19 government regulations.
The region is preparing for the long weekend, with many local businesses reopening and employees returning to work ready to welcome residents and visitors back.
"We're very pleased to see our retail and food businesses, along with hairdressers, beauty salons, pubs, clubs, breweries, bars and accommodation providers able to open their doors and welcome customers this weekend," MidCoast Council's manager of growth, economic development and tourism, Deb Tuckerman said.
"Most businesses are required to complete a COVID-19 safety plan following industry-specific guidelines, especially relating to maximum numbers and social distancing. The NSW Government has created COVID-19 safety plan templates for each industry to assist with this."
Business operators can visit the help hub at www.shopmidcoast.com.au and find out exactly what they're required to do. For further information, the business liaison service can be accessed by calling 7955 7777 during office hours.
The Mid Coast community has already demonstrated a high level of compliance with regulations, and now it's time to continue to exercise good hygiene, common sense and patience as we all return to more normal community life, Ms Tuckerman said.
Businesses are asking everyone to be patient and to follow directions, especially relating to social distancing and maximum numbers allowed on their premises.
"More than ever before, our local businesses need Mid Coast locals and visitors to support them, and local jobs, as they navigate reopening under COVID-19 restrictions," added Ms Tuckerman.
"We're expecting a big influx of visitors over the long weekend, which is much needed to provide an economic boost for our region."