Following the Federal Government's announcement to relax COVID-19 restrictions and in line with the NSW Government's public health order, outdoor recreation areas will reopen across the Parkes Shire on Friday, May 15.
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This includes the prioritised reopening of CBD seating, then playground and exercise equipment, barbecue areas, dog park, skate park, other public seating and picnic tables.
Reserves such as Lake Endeavour, Bumberry Dam and the Bogan River Weir will also be opened.
Parkes Shire Mayor, Cr Ken Keith OAM welcomed the relaxation of restrictions, but stressed the importance of using our public spaces in a way that keeps everyone safe.
"While we are delighted that children can return to our local playgrounds and residents can exercise on the outdoor gym equipment, caution is urged," he said.
"We must continue to keep up a high standard of hygiene practices and observe the limitation of no more than 10 people for outdoor gatherings.
"Our public spaces are shared spaces, so please stay home if you have even the mildest symptoms."
Sporting complexes will be open for use by groups under 10 people, however dressing rooms and amenities will remain closed.
Parkes Shire Libraries remain closed under the current public health order.
Members can access a range of online collections and resources via Council's website, www.parkes.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/parkes-shire-libraries/.
Council's Administration Centre remains open, however the Planning Counter remains closed to walk up inquiries.
The customer service team is still available to support customers over the phone on 02 6861 2373.
The Parkes Visitor Information Centre and museums along with our public halls and meeting spaces continue to be closed and will be reassessed in coming weeks in line with the NSW Government directives.
"There will be many in the community who are suffering the significant economic impacts of COVID-19, exacerbated by three years of severe drought. We need to support our local businesses and keep an eye out for vulnerable people in our community. It's an opportunity for regional communities to unite and help each other get through this arduous road to recovery," Mayor Keith said.
For more information about the latest updates at a local level, visit the Managing the Risk of Coronavirus in our community page on Council's website.
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