Restrictions placed on some parks and garden facilities

Cato Park Playground

Public barbecues will be shut to reduce the risk of Coronavirus transmission but public parks, gardens, and playgrounds will remain open.

Signage will be installed early next week notifying people of the changes and encouraging users to take extra hygiene precautions and adhere to social distancing measures.

Northern Grampians Shire Council Mayor, Murray Emerson, said council is working to public health guidelines to keep people safe during this pandemic.

“At this stage parks and playgrounds are open and will remain open unless we receive an updated directive from the state or federal governments,” he said.

“Caution signs will be put up at the playgrounds with health advice and we will be closing the public barbecues as the surrounding surfaces are a point of concern for COVID-19 transmission.”

“Although parks are open, it’s very important people keep their distance from others when using them and if using the play equipment, children should be washing hands thoroughly and not touching their faces or other people.”

“Ideally people will stay at home but we understand it’s important people still have places to exercise and move around. If you do go out, follow the advice of social distancing and do not congregate with other people or meet up in groups.”

“This is not just about protecting ourselves, it’s about protecting everyone in the community and we all have the responsibility together to help slow and stop the spread of this illness.”

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