• JON WOLFE

China's 'crucial' gift to Tamworth council

THE region's frontline council workers will don face masks when dealing with customers to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

Tamworth Regional Council has a 50,000-strong cache of masks and gloves ready for staff after a gift from its sister city, Qinglong, in China, and council workers will be able to wear the protection when facing customers.

Mayor Col Murray said the measures were crucial to ensuring the council was doing its bit to help combat the deadly virus and this amazing gift from our sister city is very timely.

He said It's important that we lead the way for our community in following the necessary health measures experts recommend to fight this disease because people's lives are at stake.

The masks and gloves have been verified as suitable for use by council staff in customer-facing roles should they choose to do so.