Temporary closure of some Council facilities
17 March 2020
The City of Kingston is temporarily closing its public libraries and recreation centres from tomorrow to try to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus within the community.
Kingston’s Libraries, Waves Leisure Centre, Kingston Arts and Customer Service counters will close from 3pm Wednesday 18 March until Tuesday 14 April 2020, with the possibility of this closure being extended.
Mayor Georgina Oxley said the City of Kingston needs to act responsibly and do what we can to slow the spread of the virus within the community.
"Our libraries and recreation centres are important community meeting places, so this is not a decision we take lightly,” Cr Oxley said.
The libraries to close include Highett, Moorabbin, Cheltenham, Parkdale, Chelsea, Patterson Lakes, Westall and Clarinda.
The Waves Leisure Centre in Highett is also set to temporarily close as will arts and cultural venues including the Kingston Arts Centre, Kingston City Hall and Shirley Burke Theatre.
All Council's child care facilities will continue to operate during this time.
The Mayor said Councils aged care services, including delivered meals, personal care and the assessments of vulnerable clients will continue as per usual. The community bus will run for essential shopping trips only.
"This is a time when we need to look out for all members of our community," Cr Oxley said.
Planning, building, waste and recycling, animal management, and parking and traffic services will also continue to operate as usual.
Council meetings will continue as planned. The public are welcome to attend but we encourage you to instead watch via our regular live streaming service.
"Our organisation has done a significant amount of planning to ensure crucial services to the community are not severely impacted by this pandemic," the Mayor said.