NSW government hires 1000 staff to provide COVID-19 advice including through a 24-hour hotline

HOTLINE: Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch. Picture: Supplied.

HOTLINE: Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch. Picture: Supplied.

The state government is hiring 1000 staff to provide COVID-19 advice to the community around the clock.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Adam Crouch said the extra staff would be employed by Service NSW.

"Advice and information is changing on a daily, even hourly, basis. It is important that the NSW Government can provide up-to-date information to our community through the Service NSW hotline," Mr Crouch said.

"The hotline number to call is 137 788 and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week."

The hotline can be accessed by individuals and business owners.

"The hotline provides the latest information on restrictions, social distancing rules, financial support for businesses and cost of living savings for families and individuals."

Mr Crouch said Stage 2 restrictions came into force across NSW at 11.59pm on Wednesday, March 25.

"I want to remind our Central Coast community that Stage 2 restrictions are in force and must be followed by everyone," Mr Crouch said.

"Police now have the power to issue $1000 on-the-spot fines to individuals who do not comply with public health orders.

"This is a difficult time for everyone but we all need to do the right thing in order to stop the spread and flatten the curve."

The Service NSW hotline provides non-health related COVID-19 advice.

For health-related COVID-19 advice, call HealthDirect on 1800 022 222 or go to nsw.gov.au/covid-19.

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