Playgrounds, exercise equipment and skate parks to re-open with strict social distancing conditions

Published:

Playgrounds, exercise equipment and skate parks across the Sunshine Coast Council area will re-open from this Saturday, 16 May, following the Queensland Government’s plan to ease COVID-19 restrictions, with a maximum of 10 people to use a facility at any one time.

Personal trainers will also be able to hold sessions for up to ten people (including the trainer) on council land, as long as they can demonstrate COVID-safe practices and have an existing permit in place.

While this is an easing of restrictions in line with the decisions of the National Cabinet and the Queensland Government, residents and visitors must continue to comply with social distancing requirements and other national public health directions including regularly washing hands and staying at home if you are unwell.

While council has increased cleaning on many facilities, residents are strongly encouraged to carry hand sanitiser and disinfectant wipes to use when touching public surfaces such as playgrounds and exercise equipment.

Sunshine Coast Council Mayor and Local Disaster Management Group Chair Mark Jamieson said community safety was at the forefront of all decisions about re-opening facilities.

“After careful consideration, council has decided to re-open some facilities to provide more opportunities for our community to enjoy time outside,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“This initial easing of restrictions will also help to rebuild local economic activity.

“It is vital however, that our residents adhere to the 10 person maximum outlined by the Queensland Government in all areas.

“That means only 10 people are to be within the footprint of a playground at once, including parents, so please be mindful of other people using our outdoor spaces.

“If you arrive somewhere and you can’t maintain that distance, turn around and go home, or choose another venue.

“Now is not the time to undo all of our good work.

“In the interests of the health and well-being of our residents, public barbecues will remain closed at this time as they can provide an opportunity for people to congregate at unsafe distances, but this will remain under review over the coming weeks.

If an area is busy, people can find an alternative venue by visiting council’s beaches and parks directory at www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

Council is continuing to evaluate the timing and activities required to re-open further facilities and will provide updates as these decisions are made.

“I know there is a lot of interest in when council aquatic centres will re-open following the Premier’s announcement last Friday (8 May).

“Council aquatic centres will remain closed until further notice as in most cases, it is not viable for the operator to re-open them when only 10 people can utilise the facility at any one time.

“While Council recognises that the Queensland Government announced that from 15 May public pools could re-open with certain limitations, the running costs including heating at this time of year means re-opening to a limited number of patrons would not be financially viable.

“Sunshine Coast Council aquatic centre operators are small-to-medium business owners and have been impacted financially as a result of COVID-19. Council is working closely with these operators to facilitate their re-opening when it is viable to do so,” he said.

Some council aquatic centres are also undergoing improvements after council fast-tracked capital works and maintenance programs to help keep money circulating with local businesses and reduce interruptions to patrons.

Libraries still remain closed at this time while council plans for the safe operation of these facilities while the current restrictions on group numbers and social distancing requirements remain in place.

In the meantime, council continues to provide a library click and collect service, extensive e-collections, tech-help and online programming.

Many Sunshine Coast businesses, including cafes and restaurants, will also reopen from Saturday and are permitted to seat 10 people at a time. Businesses should refer to the Queensland Government’s COVID Safe Checklist and other online resources before re-opening.

Council will assist food businesses to meet the new restrictions to help ensure the safety of our community.

“Our officers will work with local businesses so they are aware of the COVID-safe requirements and are mindful that business owners are facing challenging times and changing requirements” Mayor Jamieson said.

Resources to assist businesses with re-opening and managing COVID-safe requirements are available on the Queensland Government website.

Council is committed to supporting Queensland Health as the lead agency responsible for responding to COVID-19.

For the latest information about council facilities and services and business assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/coronavirus.

 
Coronavirus COVID-19 Health & Wellness Law & Safety Lifestyle Sunshine Coast Council
Social:   

Sunshine Coast Regional Council :
Locked Bag 72 Sunshine Coast Mail Centre Q 4560, Sunshine Coast Wide
07 5475 7272
1300 007 272
Sunshine Coast Regional Council
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
First turtle nest discovered for the 2020 season 25 November 2020 | More than 200 dedicated community volunteers across the Sunshine Coast are jumping for joy at the arrival of the first turtles, following the discovery of three nests and one extra set of turtle tracks on our... More information...
There's more for you on new and improved MyMaps 26 November 2020 | Did you know there's a one-stop online shop where you can search everything from marine turtle nest locations and dog-friendly areas to updates on development and information about properties in your street? More information...
High-performance hub set for Bokarina Beach Village 25 November 2020 | Bokarina Beach will be home to the Sunshine Coast's newest high-performance community and sporting hub following Sunshine Coast Council's approval of the Sunny Coast Shred Factory. More information...
Festive season kicks off across the Sunshine Coast 25 November 2020 | It’s the most wonderful time of the year and in 2020, our residents are being encouraged to celebrate with friends and family near and dear at home in their neighbourhoods – and keep Saturday 19 December... More information...
Steady and sustainable growth continues for knowledge precinct 13 November 2020 | Development is continuing to gain momentum at the Sippy Downs Town Centre with nine separate developments set to be under construction by the end of this year. More information...
Sunshine Coast Heritage Plan open for comment 16 November 2020 | Sunshine Coast Council has a plan to preserve the region’s heritage and is inviting the community to have their say. More information...
Help track flying foxes as they arrive on the Coast 17 November 2020 | As the weather warms up and more flying-foxes arrive on the Sunshine Coast, council has called on the community to help track the animals’ movements and feeding habits by joining the citizen science project Bats... More information...
Illegal dumpers caught and fined 16 November 2020 | A Eumundi resident has been fined $2135 and was issued a compliance notice to clean up waste they had illegally dumped in a nature reserve following an investigation by Sunshine Coast Council’s Illegal Dumping... More information...
Community Strategy scoops state award 13 November 2020 | The Queensland winners of the Planning Institute of Australia’s Awards for Planning Excellence 2020 have been announced with Sunshine Coast Council’s Community Strategy 2019-2041 taking out the Public Engag... More information...
All new line-up for Venue 114's latest gig 16 November 2020 | With the positive news that COVID-19 restrictions are easing across indoor venues in Queensland, Venue 114 is thrilled to announce the exciting line-up for its next LIVE@114 music gig scheduled for Saturday 5... More information...


comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service