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Update from Georges River Council Mayor Kevin Greene and General Manager Gail Connolly re coronavirus (COVID-19)

18/03/2020

Based on the latest advice from the Federal Government in relation to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak Council has immediately cancelled all community events and community engagement activities scheduled over the next month. 

Once again we are urging people, where possible, to carry out transactions with Council via our website or by phoning our call centre staff.  

Our call centre is well equipped to respond to a wide range of service requests and to provide information on all of Council’s services and programs, eliminating the need for a face to face visit.  If you need to make a payment to Council, we would prefer that you do so online via our ‘Rates and Payments’ page. 

The direction issued by the Prime Minister restricts public gatherings of more than 500 people outdoors and 100 people indoors. As a consequence all Council and community events which have the potential to exceed 100 people have been cancelled for at least the next month – we will revise and update this as required.

Our libraries have taken the appropriate action under the circumstances and will only be allowing a maximum of 100 people to be inside at any one time, and an increased cleansing regime is being implemented. 

Note that members of our Libraries have access to our online library service which provides digital books to read at home. For more information go to georgesriver.overdrive.com.
Our childcare centres remain open, with an increased cleansing regime including toys, equipment and public interaction areas.

The decision has been made to close the Senior Citizens Centre in Hurstville as there is generally very high attendance by older community members who are amongst the most vulnerable in our community to the COVID-19 virus.

With regard to sports facilities and grounds, each sports club and association will make their own decisions about how they will conduct their competitions/training to ensure compliance with government restrictions.  

Some associations and clubs have postponed competitions and restricted training to small groups. Netstrata Jubilee Stadium and other premium facilities remain open and are able to operate subject to adherence to the NSW government restrictions on crowd sizes.

Our aquatic facilities are leased and operated by external companies who have the final decision on whether they continue to operate.  At this stage they have taken steps to remain open with reduced capacity to ensure that customer numbers are kept below 100 persons at any one time, with increased hygiene and cleansing regimes. However this is subject to change at any time.

Should you have no choice but to visit a Council facility, please follow these social distancing guidelines:

  • Stay more than 1.5 metres away from other people, including Council staff

  • Do not shake hands

  • Do not attend if you have cold or flu-like symptoms

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, including before and after eating and after going to the toilet.

Within our organisation we are practising social distancing and have increased cleansing regimes at all Council sites.

We will do all we can to continue to ensure minimal disruption over the coming weeks and provide support to those who need it.

We would like to remind the community to show kindness to each other and look to help and support the most vulnerable members of our community. 

We will continue to provide updates as we receive new information.

For information on Georges River Council, please visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au or call 9330 6400.

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