New signs educate about social distancing while exercising

Date published: 24 April 2020

Townsville City Council has installed new signage on The Strand reminding residents to abide by the physical distancing guidelines after a concerned community member got in touch.

The Strand is currently open for exercise as long as the measures put in place by the Federal and State Government are followed.

Local Councillor Ann-Maree Greaney said The Strand is the perfect location to enjoy some fresh air while exercising but that it is important everyone does the right thing.

“Exercise is really important to manage both physical and mental health during the COVID-19 lockdown and we want to keep spaces like the Strand open for as long as possible, but we need the community to do the right thing,” Cr Greaney said.

“We’ve had residents concerned with some people not doing the right thing and suggestions that we be more specific about what is expected of people so we’ve designed and installed these stickers and signage to help reinforce the message about what physical distancing looks like.

“Council doesn’t have any enforcement powers to monitor and make sure people are doing the right thing, so we’re asking the community to make sure they play their part so we can keep some of our public spaces open.”

The stickers and signs are being installed along The Strand, and the Ross River pathways.

Current physical distancing restrictions can be found here.