Georges River Council closes libraries and Hurstville Museum and Gallery

Georges River Council has closed its libraries until further notice.
Georges River Council has closed its libraries until further notice.

Georges River Libaries and the Hurstville Museum and Gallery will be closed until further notice from 5pm today.

The decision was made based on the latest advice from the Federal Government in relation to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

Most library services, including the home library service, borrowing, digital and audio books, unlimited online renewals, e-resources online and Wi-Fi remain available at georgesriver.overdrive.com

Library members can also access thousands of free online tutorials through Lynda.com and eBooks and eAudiobooks.

To sign up online:

2. Click on the 'How do I?' tab and select 'Join Online'

3. Fill in your details

Council has now also closed the San Souci Leisure Centre, in addition to closures of the Hurstville Aquatic Leisure Centre, Hurstville Entertainment Centre, Senior Citizens Centre and Norm O'Neill Cricket Training Facility earlier in the week.

Netstrata Jubilee Stadium is not operating and Council has temporarily ceased Justice of the Peace services.

Council's call centre is well equipped to respond to a wide range of service requests and provide information on all of Council's services and programs.

If you need to make a payment to Council, you can do so online via our Rates and Payments page or by phone on 9330 6400.

Council's waste services are unaffected and its childcare centres remain open, with an increased cleansing regime including toys, equipment and public interaction areas.

"Council's non-essential staff are working from home where possible and we are continuing to do all we can to continue to ensure minimal disruption over the coming weeks, and support our community through these challenging times," a council spokesperson said.

The Prime Minister has announced that from midnight on Wednesday, March 25 the following changes will be enforced:

Beauty therapy, waxing, tanning, nail salons, spas, and tattoo parlours will shut. This excludes any health-related services, such as physiotherapy

Food courts in shopping centres will only be allowed to serve takeaway food

Auction houses, open house inspections and house auctions will close.

Amusement parks, arcades, indoor or outdoor play centres will close

Social sports will cease

Public pools and libraries will be closed

Galleries, museums, youth centres, community halls, clubs and RSLs will also have to shut their doors.

No more barbeques, house parties or other large gatherings in the home

Overseas travel is now officially banned.

These activities can continue, but with restrictions:

Hairdressers can remain open, but customers can only be in the salon for 30 minutes or less.

Bootcamps and personal training can continue in groups of less than 10.

Social distancing must be enforced.

Funerals will be limited to 10 people - who must stand 1.5 meters away from each other.

Weddings can also go ahead, but with a maximum of five people.

The closure of outdoor and indoor food markets will be decided on a state level.

Council continues to closely monitor advice from the Federal Government and NSW health and will continue to update its community with new information.

For information on Georges River Council's response to the COVID-19 outbreak, visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au or call 9330 6400.