Playgrounds, exercise equipment and skate parks will re-open from this Saturday, 16 May, following the Queensland Government’s plan to ease COVID-19 restrictions. All facilities still have strict social distancing restrictions in place, with a maximum of 10 people to use a facility at any one time.
Personal trainers will also be able to hold sessions for up to ten people (including the trainer) on council land, as long as they can demonstrate COVID-safe practices and have an existing permit in place.
While this is an easing of restrictions in line with the decisions of the National Cabinet and the Queensland Government, residents and visitors must continue to comply with social distancing requirements and other national public health directions including regularly washing hands and staying at home if you are unwell.
While council has increased cleaning on many facilities, residents are strongly encouraged to carry hand sanitiser and disinfectant wipes to use when touching public surfaces such as playgrounds and exercise equipment.
Sunshine Coast Council Mayor and Local Disaster Management Group Chair Mark Jamieson said community safety was at the forefront of all decisions about re-opening facilities.
“After careful consideration, council has decided to re-open some facilities to provide more opportunities for our community to enjoy time outside,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“It is vital however, that our residents adhere to the 10 person maximum outlined by the Queensland Government in all areas.”
The 10 person rule states that only 10 people are to be within the footprint of the playground at any time, and this number includes parents, so be mindful of other people using outdoor spaces.
“If you arrive somewhere and you can’t maintain that distance, turn around and go home, or choose another venue,” Mark Jamieson said. “Now is not the time to undo all of our good work.”