Friday, May 8, 2020

Local playgrounds and the Mannum Skate Park will reopen this week as the Mid Murray Council takes its first steps towards recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Acting on advice from SA’s Chief Public Health Officer Professor Nicola Spurrier, the Council began reopening play spaces on Monday, 4 May. Council will prioritise the reopening of playgrounds which are not linked to other facilities still closed or restricted by State or Federal Government COVID-19 measures. A cleaning program for the reopened playgrounds will be established to maximise public health and safety. Some sites may not be able to be cleaned (due to the types of construction materials), so Council encourages all users to observe good hygiene practices such as regular hand washing before and after use. The Mannum Skate Park will also be reopened, and Council will begin opening public toilets alongside playgrounds. Mid Murray Mayor Dave Burgess said the move was an early step towards easing restrictions in the district – but urged the community to be patient and continue to follow social-distancing, good personal hygiene and the 10-person limit on gatherings. “Reopening our playgrounds will offer children and families an important outlet for physical activity and fun,” Mayor Burgess says. “While I’m sure many families will embrace the return to our play spaces, it’s so important that we continue to do the right thing by limiting gatherings to no more than 10 people, staying 1.5 metres away from others, washing hands regularly and not visiting public places if they’re unwell or have been in contact with someone who is ill. “We also encourage our community to be patient – it may take us a few days to reopen these sites, and some may not be suitable for reopening just yet. If you see a closed sign in place at any of our facilities, please respect it and be patient. We will reopen our suitable facilities as quickly as we can.” Council’s COVID-19 Working Group will continue to follow the directions and advice of the State and Federal Governments, SA Health, the World Health Organisation and other relevant agencies. For more information, or to stay up to date on the changing COVID-19 measures and their impact in the Mid Murray district, visit the website: