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Kingston to welcome back visitors to its libraries, sport and recreation centres as restrictions ease

7 November 2020

Kingston Council will start reopening our libraries and recreation centres to the community from Monday 9 November as COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease across Victoria.

Community sport is also back in action in Kingston with cricket, baseball and athletics clubs all ready to open for their seasons. Tennis clubs and bowls clubs are now utilising their facilities as well.

Local sports grounds are also being booked up quickly for use by many sporting codes that traditionally play over winter, to train after months of lockdowns.

City of Kingston CEO Julie Reid said for safety reasons it won’t be back to business as usual just yet as Council and our local sporting clubs will need to follow strict COVIDSafe plans, including around capacity and physical distancing, as well as the wearing of masks.

“We are really excited to be able to open up some of our libraries and sport and recreation facilities again to residents and visitors to Kingston, but safety is our main priority and we want to make sure we reopen in a staged way that allows people some access but doesn’t create any additional risks”, Ms Reid said.

From Monday 9 November, Parkdale, Chelsea, Clarinda and Cheltenham libraries will reopen on our Summer hours, for pre-booked visits by phone appointment only. Dingley and Patterson Lakes will open to the public from Monday 30 November.

All open branches will also offer a click and collect service and return chutes will be available at all nine library branches 24 hours a day. Don’t forget you can continue to access Kingston Libraries online library at library.kingston.vic.gov.au with a huge range of eBooks, eAudios, eMagazines, movie streaming, online programs, virtual Storytime and more.

For more information about Kingston Libraries services and when your local branch is reopening visit Kingston.vic.gov.au/library. Bookings are via phone only, please call 1300 135 668.

Waves Leisure Centre will open its doors again from 6am on Monday 9 November for lap swimming, aqua classes, group fitness and gym sessions. Our popular Learn to Swim lessons are back as well with a special Term 4 program.

All visits will need to be pre-booked time slots with limited numbers to meet social distancing requirements. To book a swim or class at Waves Leisure Centre visit kingstonactive.com.au

“It’s really important that when the community visit our libraries, recreation centres and other facilities that they continue to follow physical distancing guidelines and keep up the hygiene practices we have all become so good at”, Ms Reid said. “You will also need to wear your mask at all times when visiting our libraries and Waves, except of course when you are exercising or swimming.”

Kingston’s Customer Care centre in Cheltenham has also reopened, as well as the Planning counter. Chelsea Customer Care centre remains closed for now.

For more information about which Council facilities and services are open and those that remain closed visit Kingston.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

 

 

 

 

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