Photo: Vicki Buckley, Jayde Timms and Anne Moore from Bega Valley Library Service are jumping for joy as COVID-19 restrictions ease and libraries reopen from 15 June.
Friday, 12 June 2020
The Bega Valley Shire Library Service at Bermagui, Bega, Tura Beach and Eden will reopen from Monday (June 15) as the health advice around COVID-19 moves forward. Bega Valley swimmers are also celebrating with Sapphire Aquatic Centre (SAC) at Pambula able to reopen from 15 June as well.
“It feels good to be getting back to a sense of normal and being able to welcome people back into our libraries again,” said Library Services Coordinator, Megan Jordan-Jones.
“We’ve put in place a number of measures to remain COVIDSafe and support the health of our community and staff.”
From Monday, 15 June libraries will reopen within the following COVIDSafe guidelines:
New opening times will allow for additional cleaning procedures:
“I am so proud of the work the library team has done in recent months to continue to provide a service and maintain a connection with our community through our new website,” Ms Jordan-Jones said.
“We will hang on too many of those initiatives, but we know many patrons are busting to be back in their library again and we are looking forward to welcoming them on Monday.”
In line with the advice from NSW Health, the reopening of facilities at Sapphire Aquatic Centre will be a staged process. With the pool, gym and morning squad to re-commence initially, with other programs and services to reopen at a later date.
Other COVIDSafe initiatives at SAC include:
“We are excited to be able to re-open SAC and a lot of planning has gone into ensuring we can do so safely and in compliance with NSW Government requirements,” said Nicholas Hoynes, Aquatic and Leisure Facilities Coordinator.
“We appreciate that there will be changes to how the centre normally operates, but we ask that all visitors please be respectful of staff and comply with these changes to ensure everyone has the opportunity to have a safe and enjoyable visit.”
This next step in our community’s COVID-19 experience also allows for:
General Manager, Leanne Barnes has thanked the community and Council staff for their patience and adaptability.
“We are in an extraordinary time in our history, but we can be proud of the way we have responded and the results of that,” Ms Barnes said.
“The overarching message with all of these changes is the ongoing importance of physical distancing and good hygiene.”
For more information on Council’s COVIDSafe services check Council’s website.