Council Facilities to Close Due to COVID-19 Restrictions
Council facilities including the Splashez Aquatic Centre, City Library, Family Fun Park and the Skate Park will be closed for the foreseeable future as of midnight tonight, following Stage 2 COVID-19 restrictions announced by the Federal Government on Tuesday night.
Signage will shortly be placed at the entrances to all of the affected facilities to alert members of the public of the closures.
While the Waste Management Facility will be open, the Container Exchange area is due to close, with people encouraged to hold onto their recyclable containers until the area reopens.
There are plans to switch the customer service operations of the Animal Management Facility to an appointment-only basis.
Face-to-face customer service at Council’s Administration Building will be limited to the hours of 10am to 2pm, Monday to Friday, and there are plans to introduce floor markers to enforce social distancing practices. Customer Service will still be contactable via email or phone during normal operating hours.
Outback at Isa will also be closed to the public. However, work to upgrade the Riversleigh Fossil Centre is expected to continue during the closure, as will Outback at Isa Café’s catering operations and takeaway meals. The café at Splashez will remain open for takeaway orders also. Menu information and hours can be accessed on both Facebook pages; https://www.facebook.com/Splashez-Aquatic-Centre-699198243564244/ & https://www.facebook.com/OutbackatIsa/
Chair of the Mount Isa Local Disaster Management Group Mayor Joyce McCulloch said while there are as yet no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mount Isa, the restrictions have been introduced to protect the health and wellbeing of all Mount Isan residents.
“While the other 24 parks and two dog parks in Mount Isa will remain open for public use, it is essential for everyone to adhere to social-distancing requirements and to stay at least 1.5 metres away from each other,” Cr McCulloch said.
“This will reduce the possibility of spreading the virus throughout the community.
“As well as this, people must limit their group sizes to 10 people while they’re at the park, for example for boot camps or personal-training sessions.
“We fully appreciate and understand that these new restrictions will have impacts on people’s day-to-day lives, but we must all do what is necessary to keep all members of our community safe.”
Extensions will be granted for people who have current loans from the City Library but are unable to return them during the Library’s closure. More information can be found on Council’s COVID-19 information page at https://www.mountisa.qld.gov.au/covid-19.