Some facilities throughout the shire have been reopened for limited sports training and exercise use in line with new government regulations.
The facility re-openings follow the Victorian Government’s relaxation of Stage 3 restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
Under the new arrangements, clubs will be allowed to train on Council sports grounds in groups of no more than 10 people, with physical distancing and other requirements in place. Clubs will be required to ensure these restrictions are enforced, and change rooms and social rooms in facilities will remain closed.
Council will reopen grounds progressively on the advice of peak sporting bodies such as AFL Victoria. Any public toilets in sports reserves which have been closed will be reopened.
Parks will remain open, however residents will now be able to gather in groups of 10 for recreation and exercise purposes, including boot camps.
Playgrounds, barbecues, skate parks, park benches and Hanging Rock Reserve remain closed to public access.
A decision on opening Hanging Rock will be made in coming days, however it is unlikely to be reopened this week.
Many Council facilities, including pools and gyms, will remain closed until the current State of Emergency expires on 31 May.
Council will review its current arrangements on 1 June or earlier on the advice of the Victorian Government.