The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will continue to impact our community in the wake of the latest social distancing enforcement measures that came into effect at midnight last night, Sunshine Coast Council Mayor and Local Disaster Management Committee Chair Mark Jamieson said.
In light of the most recent restrictions to limit opportunities for people to congregate and, in the interests of the health and safety of our community, all play equipment in council managed parks and skate parks are closed until further notice.
Signage is being rolled-out over the next few days to alert the community to these closures.
Mayor Jamieson said the closures were in-line with the national public health directions and the recommendations of Play Australia.
"These closures will help to continue our efforts to reduce the opportunities for people to come together in groups, to limit the transmission of COVID-19," Mayor Jamieson said.
"Council manages more than 350 playgrounds and 28 skate parks and I urge the community to please comply with these important new measures.
"I do want to emphasise that council parks remain open to the community, but playground equipment within those parks will not be able to be used.
"With regards to weddings, funerals or memorial services in public spaces, council is also continuing to work with the community on how such events are conducted with the new restrictions in place.
"Council is in the process of contacting current permit holders to alter, postpone or cancel any existing permits."
Moving forward, in-line with the Australian Government direction, weddings can involve no more than five people and the one person per four square metre rule applies.
Funerals or memorial services can involve no more than 10 people and the one person per four square metre rule applies.
In addition to the closure of council's aquatic centres (announced earlier this week), the following community pools are now closed:
- Kings Beach Ocean Pool
- Conondale Pool
- Kenilworth Pool
- Maleny Pool
- Mooloolah and District Swimming Pool
All other council closure information can be found via www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/coronavirus.
Council is committed to supporting Queensland Health as the lead agency responsible for responding to COVID-19 and will ensure our community is kept informed.
Anyone with concerns can call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or find up-to-date reliable information on the Queensland Health website at www.health.qld.gov.au/coronavirus.
For the latest information about council facilities and services and business assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit council's website www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/coronavirus.
The website will be updated as changes to council's services occur. It also includes information on how to contact council.