Moreton Bay Region’s libraries, playgrounds, community halls, outdoor gyms, skate parks, barbecues and off-leash dog areas will re-open on May 16.
In line with government restrictions, the use of these facilities will be limited to 10 people at a time and all social distancing provisions still apply.
Mayor Peter Flannery is calling on residents and visitors to continue following the rules during the slow transition back to normality.
“After being cooped-up at home with the kids, I’m just as excited as everyone else to get back outside and enjoy our free public amenities,” he says.
“Our residents have been among the best in southeast Queensland at abiding by social distancing restrictions over the past few months, and it’s essential that we keep that up.”
“We aren’t out of the woods yet, which is why you’ll see ‘Your Safety is in Your Hands’ signs up at facilities like playgrounds, public barbeques and dog parks. I trust locals to take all necessary precautions to make sure we continue to slow the spread of COVID-19,” Mayor Flannery says.
“That means continuing to use hand sanitiser and if you choose to use facilities like outdoor gym equipment or a barbeque, clean them before use.
“We’re currently in the process of cleaning all our libraries before reopening, and our staff have been trained to maintain social distancing, provide sanitisers, wipe down all surfaces and quarantine returned items for 24 hours.”
Cr Flannery says Moreton Bay Region’s 10 library branches will reopen, with extended hours to give patrons greater flexibility.
“All our libraries, except Woodford and Deception Bay, will be open until 6pm each weeknight and each one will have a special late-night opening sometime during the week,” he explains.
“While we’re excited to reopen, your safety is our top priority. So, only 10 customers will be allowed at a time in a library following a one-in, one-out policy to avoid overcrowding.
“And you will be able to spend up to 15 minutes browsing for books or 30 minutes using the public computers, which can be booked via phone, email or online.”
Customer service centres will be open from Monday during normal business hours, 8.30am to 5pm.
Moreton Bay Regional Council is working to open swimming pools and aquatic facilities as soon as possible. As for galleries and museums, council is working to a reopening date of Saturday, June 13, in line with the State Government’s Roadmap to Recovery Stage 2. More details will be available closer to the date.
For more information, visit the website or Council’s Facebook page.
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