Council facilities and assets to re-open as COVID restrictions ease

Date published: 14 May 2020

Parents who have spent the last two months trying to find ways to entertain their children during the coronavirus pandemic can breathe a little easier from this weekend with Townsville libraries, playgrounds, outdoor gyms and skateparks all set to re-open.

The move comes after the Queensland Government announced their first stage of relaxations on restrictions that had been put in place in response to the COVID-19.

Mayor Jenny Hill said the re-openings and easing of restrictions would be welcomed by the community.

“Since late March many of our most loved family and community spaces have been off-limits in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus,” Cr Hill said.

“I am pleased to announce that from Saturday Council’s libraries, playgrounds, outdoor gyms and skateparks will once again be open, provided the community continues to practice social distancing and enhanced hygiene practices.”

The city’s three libraries will operate a click and collect service seven days a week and open their facilities for a maximum of 10 people at a time Monday to Friday.

Members of the public will be able to book in to visit the library using an online booking system (Flinders Street/Thuringowa/Aitkenvale) or by calling 4727 9666. The home and mobile libraries will also resume normal service.

Playgrounds, outdoor gyms and skateparks will once again be available for use, however no more than 10 users will be able to use them at any one time in-line with restrictions on gatherings set by the State Government.

The community is expected to self-regulate and continue to observe social distancing and enhanced hygiene practices.

“We have done a fantastic job slowing the spread of COVID-19 in our community however we cannot afford to become complacent,” Cr Hill said.

“I again urge the Townsville community to keep maintaining social distancing and enhanced hygiene practices and if you’re feeling sick stay home and call 13HEALTH or your doctor for advice.”