COVID-19 forces closure of Central Coast playspaces and skate parks
Monday, 30 March 2020
Central Coast public playspaces, outdoor fitness equipment and skate parks have been closed in line with the latest direction from the Australian Government to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced last night new measures in response to COVID-19 which includes the immediate closure of some public facilities including skateparks and outdoor playgrounds, and that public gatherings must not be more than two people, excluding household members.
Central Coast Council Director of Environment and Planning, Scott Cox said these drastic measures to close these valued public facilities will greatly impact our children and families, but they are deemed necessary to protect our community’s health during this pandemic.
“Council manages over 260 playspaces and 25 skateparks across out region and by their design are places our community come together to socialise but unfortunately that’s what we need to avoid right now,” Mr Cox said.
“Public reserves, shared pathways, boat ramps, public wharves and jetties, sportsfields and other outdoor public spaces remain open at this stage, but we urge the community to continue to practice social distancing which includes maintaining a distance of 1.5 metres from others at all times.
“Whilst it is not possible to physically close off all playspaces and skateparks, we ask that our community act responsibly and follow the Australian Government direction to help minimise the spread of COVID-19 on the Central Coast.”
In response to the evolving situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19), Council is continuing to take measured precautions to ensure staff and community are kept safe.
Information supplied by NSW Health and Federal authorities is monitored daily and Council will provide updates to the Central Coast community regularly as information comes to hand.