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Update re coronavirus (COVID-19)

25/03/2020

Based on the latest advice from the Federal Government in relation to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, Council has enforced several new measures including the closure of Georges River Libraries and the Hurstville Museum & Gallery.
 
Georges River Libraries will be closed until further notice from 5.00pm today. 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 an enormous selection of eBooks and eAudiobooks. 

Signing up online is easy:

1. Visit georgesriver.spydus.com
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 our 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.

The PM has announced that from midnight on Wednesday 25 March 2020, 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, please visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au or call 9330 6400.
 
 

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