Sutherland Shire Council closes more facilities and services

Cronulla rock pool has been closed. Picture: John Veage
Cronulla rock pool has been closed. Picture: John Veage

Libraries, leisure centres and ocean pools are among more council facilities and services that have been closed in Sutherland Shire.

The changes made by Sutherland Shire Council are in line with the new restrictions to address the caronavirus pandemic, which Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Monday night.

The council said in a statement it was "working with" staff impacted by the closures.

The council facilities that have been closed this week and earlier in the month include Sutherland Leisure Centre, Engadine Leisure Centre, Caringbah Leisure Centre, Como Pool, Menai Indoor Sports Centre, Sutherland Entertainment Centre, Sutherland Memorial School of Arts, Engadine Community Centre, Sutherland Shire Libraries, council community halls, Hazelhurst Art Gallery, ocean pools and council owned and operated tennis courts.

Ruby Road native plant nursery will not be open to the public, social / group sporting activities at sporting fields will also be prohibited until further notice and Bushcare groups will be temporarily suspended.

Parks and playgrounds will remain open, but outdoor BBQs will be switched off.

The council will be accepting outdoor personal training permits up to a maximum of 10 people until such time further directives are provided.

Sutherland Shire beaches will also remain open with the council enforcing the four square metres per person rule, in line with the NSW Government Public Health (COVID-19 Mass Gatherings) Order 2020, with no more than 500 persons on any one beach.

"These decisions have been made as part of council's commitment to prioritising the health and safety of both staff and the community and while we understand the impacts will be felt by many, these decisions are in line with the advice and directives provided by the lead public health agencies," the statement said.

"We will continue to work closely with staff and members of the services listed to work through the impacts of these temporary closures.

"We strongly encourage every resident to play their part in reducing the spread of this virus by staying up to date with the latest advice from the lead public health agencies and following the advice on necessary and mandatory precautionary measures.

"We thank residents and ratepayers for their patience as we adjust to these changes and continue to work through uncertain times to deliver key services.

For more information on COVID-19 and the latest updates from the lead public health, visit: //www.australia.gov.au/

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