As we all do our bit to help keep our community safe through social distancing, our more than 150 playspaces, 6 skateparks and our 6 outdoor gyms are now closed to public use.
Our Prime Minister, Scott Morrison also announced late yesterday that gatherings of more than 2 people are also no longer encouraged outdoors.
We ask everyone to please follow the updated Government restrictions and NSW Health’s advice to help keep all in our community safe and well.
As the response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic escalates, Sutherland Shire Council will implement temporary closures from 11:29pm Wednesday, 25 March, for a number of our services and facilities in-line with the Australian Government directives announced last night.
Whilst critical that Council implement all necessary actions to help stem the spread of COVID-19 in our community, it is a difficult decision that impacts our staff and our community.
The full list of facilities affected by this new directive to date are:
- Sutherland Leisure Centre
- Engadine Leisure Centre
- Caringbah Leisure Centre
- Como Pool
- Menai Indoor Sports Centre
- Sutherland Entertainment Centre
- Sutherland Memorial School of Arts
- Engadine Community Centre
- Sutherland Shire Libraries
- Council community halls
- Hazelhurst Art Gallery
- Ocean pools
- Council owned and operated tennis courts
- Sutherland Shire Community Nursery (native plant nursery) will not be open to the public
- Social/group sporting activities at sporting fields will be prohibited until further notice, and
- Bushcare groups will be temporarily suspended.
Parks and playgrounds will remain open however, outdoor BBQs will be switched off, and Council will be accepting outdoor personal training permits up to a maximum of 10 people until such time further directives are provided.
Sutherland Shire Beaches will also remain open with Council enforcing the 4m2 per person rule, in line with the NSW Government Public Health (COVID-19 Mass Gatherings) Order 2020, with no more than 500 persons on any one beach.
These decisions have been made as part of Council’s commitment to prioritising the health and safety of both staff and the community and while we understand the impacts will be felt by many, these decisions are in line with the advice and directives provided by the lead public health agencies.
We will continue to work closely with staff and members of the services listed to work through the impacts of these temporary closures.
We strongly encourage every resident to play their part in reducing the spread of this virus by staying up to date with the latest advice from the lead public health agencies and following the advice on necessary and mandatory precautionary measures.
We thank residents and ratepayers for their patience as we adjust to these changes and continue to work through uncertain times to deliver key services.
For more information on COVID-19 and the latest updates from the lead public health agencies, visit australia.gov.au/
Following the announcement this evening by the Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Council will work to understand the impacts to Council, our community and our staff, and ensure we are fully complying with the new restrictions.
We will provide further information about impacts to Council services once further details are available.
Following last night's announcement by the Federal Government, a number of Council Services will be temporarily closed from 12 noon today until further notice is provided from lead public health agencies. The services affected by this directive are:
- Como Pool
- Engadine Gym
- Hazelhurst Theatrette
- Menai Indoor Sports
- Sutherland Gym and Sutherland Learn To Swim classes
- Sutherland Indoor Pool
- Sutherland Water Play Park
Please note that the following services, collocated at some of the above listed locations will remain open:
- Caringbah outdoor pools
- Engadine outdoor pools
- Sutherland outdoor pools
The following venues will be closed only as entertainment spaces. They can still be used for other community purposes, subject to space restrictions, as directed by the lead public health agencies:
- Engadine Community Centre
- Sutherland Entertainment Centre
- Sutherland Memorial School of Arts.
Council is working closely with staff and members of the services listed to work through the impacts of these temporary closures, in-line with Federal Government requirements. We encourage everyone in the community to stay up to date with the latest advice from the lead public health agencies and follow the advice on necessary precautionary measures.
Council is aware of the latest statement this afternoon by the NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian. We will provide further information to our community about any impacts to Council services once further details are available, following the National Cabinet meeting tonight.
We once again thank our community for their ongoing patience and cooperation during this time.
The safety of our community is of utmost importance and while Sutherland Shire beaches remain open, Council is enforcing the NSW Government Public Health (COVID-19 Mass Gatherings) Order 2020.
Council Lifeguards will continue with announcements at all patrolled beaches to advise patrons that social distancing must be practiced and will ask the public to vacate beaches if the number of patrons at any given location exceeds 500.
We will offer our support to NSW Police Force in conducting patrols if required and if the community is not abiding by the NSW and Australian Government's advice in regards to social distancing, we will be forced to close our beautiful beaches in order to keep the community safe in these challenging and uncertain times.
As always, we thank our community for their cooperation and support of each other at this time.
On Friday 20 March 2020 The Hon. Scott Morrison MP, Prime Minister of Australia and the Chief Health Officer updating us on further directives in regards to COVID-19.
These restrictions call on us to play our part as individuals and as a community.
Be assured Council is working through the information that has just been released and will provide further updates to the community, after carefully considering the latest directives from the Federal Government and NSW Health.
This is a rapidly evolving situation for all of us.
Remember: The Australian Government Department of Health and NSW Health, remain the best sources of current, official information and advice on COVID-19.
The health and wellbeing of our community is of utmost importance and Council is closely monitoring the advice and adhering to the directives of public health agencies on Coronavirus (COVID 19).
In responding to the evolving situation, Council’s focus has been two fold – providing accurate information to the community and points of contact for enquiries and assistance, and also reviewing business continuity plans to ensure essential and other services can continue to be delivered. At this stage Council is continuing to operate services across all sectors with libraries, leisure centres, gyms and early education centres operational, and all adhering to government directives.
Council will provide on-going updates via our website on any impacts to our services or calendar of events, assessing the situation as further advice from lead public health agencies becomes available.
We encourage everyone in the community to stay up to date with the latest advice from government public health agencies and follow their advice on necessary precautionary measures.
We take the health and wellbeing of our community very seriously and are continuing to work closely with public health authorities to take necessary precautions as required. We appreciate the community’s patience and support of each other as we work through these unprecedented circumstances.