Many of Macedon Ranges Shire Council’s public facilities will be closed and events will be cancelled or postponed as a preventative measure following the outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19.
Chief executive officer Margot Stork said council was taking a proactive approach in order to protect the health and wellbeing of the community, especially elderly and vulnerable people.
From Tuesday March 17, facilities that will be closed for at least one month will include:
• Kyneton Toyota Sports & Aquatic Centre
• Gisborne Aquatic Centre
• Gisborne Fitness Centre
• All leisure centres in all townships
• Libraries in Kyneton, Gisborne, Woodend and Romsey
• Council service desks at Romsey Community Hub and Woodend Community Centre
• Kyneton Museum.
All arts and culture events at Kyneton Town Hall and other venues, such as the Harmony Day concert at Woodend, have been cancelled or postponed. Visitor Information Centres did not open at the weekend and will remain closed.
Residents who have memberships, programs or tickets at council facilities or centres will be contacted directly regarding future arrangements.
Ms Stork said the council was following state and federal government advice by minimising large public gatherings, dispensing with non-essential meetings and events, and encouraging social distancing.
“We are committed to acting in the best interest of our community and keeping everyone safe,” Ms Stork said.
“This is a constantly evolving situation and we will review our response daily and adjust as required. We will keep the community fully informed as the situation continues to unfold.”
Council’s kindergartens and Maternal and Child Health Centres will remain open until council is otherwise notified by the relevant Victorian Government departments.