City of Mount Gambier continues to monitor the evolving circumstances and emerging challenges presented by COVID-19 with the latest response involving the introduction of social distancing measures around the Blue Lake exercise path.
Following feedback and concern from the community the popular exercise route has been restricted to one way for the foreseeable future with all users asked to proceed clockwise only.
There have been a number of social distancing concerns raised by members of the community with regard to experiences they have had while exercising around the Blue Lake.- City of Mount Gambier General Manager City Infrastructure Nick Serle
“Particular reference has been to the narrow section on Bay Road that is approximately 750 metres in length where there is little to no room to pass oncoming users due to the physical restrictions caused by the guardrail and fence.”
“These physical barriers, while required for safety reasons, mean users are unable to practise social distancing in this section.”
Signage has been installed this week at various points around the path to remind all users to comply with the new direction.
“Council acknowledge that this measure is not going to be perfect as users may still want to pass one another, however we ask people to be patient as we feel it is a fair and reasonable step that enables the community to continue accessing the Blue Lake for exercise purposes,” Mr Serle said.
“Of course if you are able to use another exercise route that further limits contact with others we encourage you to do so.”
“Exercise is important, however we must consider others and practise social distancing at all times.”
Council has recently closed all playgrounds, skate parks and the Pump Track to comply with Federal Government guidelines with the key directive to the community being to stay at home.
“While ultimately we want to see the community doing the right thing and predominantly staying at home, fresh air and exercise is recommended and we are fortunate to have many open public spaces where the community can do this while still complying with social distancing guidelines,” Mr Serle said.
Stay up-to-date with City of Mount Gambier’s response to COVID-19 at www.haveyoursaymountgambier.com.au/covid-19