Gunnedah shire mayor Jamie Chaffey is reminding people that home is a good place to be this Easter break.
The mayor sent out a message to all Gunnedah shire residents in time for the long weekend.
"It might be mandatory to stay at home this Easter, but that can be a very good thing," Cr Chaffey said.
"This is a wonderful time to spend with your family, have an Easter egg hunt, enjoy a special meal together and think of the many things we have to be thankful for.
"Easter 2020 might look very different to any Easter we have celebrated before, but it reminds us of all the things that are most important in our lives - the people we love."
Cr Chaffey said the shire was doing well to adhere to new rules, and that everyone should "continue that good work".
"Stay at home, celebrate Easter, and look forward to a time when things will return to life as we know it. Be kind to each other, be respectful and maybe even rediscover some of the things that made family life together memorable in the past - board games, sharing a joke, just enjoying each others' company," he said.
"Happy Easter to everyone in our shire. While this time is a stressful one for many, you are still allowed to enjoy some of the best things in life."
Gunnedah shire residents are reminded that under government regulations people must stay at home, unless they are going to:
- work (where you can't work remotely)
- school or an educational institution
- shop for food and essentials
- get medical care or supplies, or
Other than those reasons, residents can only leave home if they have a reasonable excuse, including to:
- avoid injury or illness or escape a risk of harm
- access childcare or attend a wedding or funeral - each of which have their own limited number of people.
Usual Easter church services will not be held at churches, but may be streamed.
There are strict penalties in place for not meeting these regulations.