Northern Beaches Mums Group
Northern Beaches Mums Group

MEDIA RELEASE: Council open playgrounds and other outdoor facilities

Playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor gyms will re-open with limits on gatherings of ten people and social distancing requirements of 1.5m remain in place.?

Council asks anyone using outdoor gyms to please train safely and wipe down equipment before and after use.

Residents on the Northern Beaches will see phase one COVID-19 restrictions eased this morning, 15 May 2020, as Council cautiously re-opens select communityfacilities previously closed due to the pandemic, following advice from the State and Federal Government.

They strongly recommend that parents and guardians closely monitor social deistancing in the playgrounds and help their children with hygiene before and after using equipment.?

Our beautiful ocean and harbour pools are re-opening to all swimmers, with a limit of 10 people permitted in pools at one time.?

Many and Warringah Aquatic Centres will again open their doors to allow swimming in ourdoor pools only, with a booking system to be introduced. This is to ensure we comply with NSW Government restrictions of one person per lane and a maximum of 10 people using the facility simultaneously.

The temporary beach car parking restrictions of one hour will be lifted, with Council beach parking stickers again valid. However, 10-mminute parking outside local businesses to facilitate takeaway food pickups will remain.

Outdoor gatherings of more than 500 people remain prohibited, and lingering after exercising is also banned. All other previously introduced restrictions remain in use.

The following will be permitted from today in NSW:

  • Outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people
  • Cafes and restaurants can seat 10 patrons at any one time
  • Up to 5 visitors to a household at any one time
  • Weddings up to 10 guests
  • Indoor funerals up to 20 mourners, outdoor funerals up to 30
  • Religious gatherings/places of worship up to 10 worshippers
  • Use of outdoor equipment (including outdoor gyms and playgrounds)
  • Outdoor pools open with restrictions

We are also urged to continue to practise physical distancing and good hygiene. If you have even the mildest symptoms, you should stay at home, not socialise and get tested for COVID-19 at one of the many pop-up clinics, including those operating on the Northern Beaches.

NSW Police remain the regulatory authority for all government restrictions – if you have concerns about people doing the wrong thing, you can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report it online here.

View the full media release here.