City of Mandurah outline plan to reopen facilities as state-wide coronavirus restrictions ease

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Book worms and sport lovers rejoice - the City of Mandurah has reopened a number of community facilities in line with the state government's easing of restrictions.

From Monday, a number of services will resume operations and reopen to limited capacity, including libraries and sporting grounds.

The Falcon and Lakelands libraries will reopen to a maximum of 20 people, offering click and collect services and access to computers for up to one hour.

The Mandurah Library remains closed due to building works but is expected to reopen by June 2.

Sporting grounds and reserves will be available for sport training only however, toilets and changerooms will remain closed.

The Billy Dower Youth Centre will allow walk-ins from 1-5pm each day while the Mandurah Seniors and Community Centre will reopen for hairdressing and podiatry services by appointment only.

The City's administration building will also reopen with cashless transactions and meetings by appointment only, and leased City facilities will be subject to state government guidelines.

The Mandurah Aquatic and Recreations Centre (MARC) will also reopen from Wednesday with limited services including the indoor 25 metre lap pool.

Casual group fitness classes will also be held for up to 20 people per class and all sessions must be booked and paid for online in advance.

The pirate, leisure and outdoor pools as well as the creche and gym will remain closed

The sports stadium at both the MARC and Halls Head Recreation Centre will be open to sporting clubs only for training for up to 20 people.

A number of public ablutions around the City have been reopened as restrictions have eased across WA, however, playgrounds outdoor fitness equipment, barbecues, drink fountains and skate parks remain closed.

The Mandurah Community Museum, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre and Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah also remain closed, with hopes they will be able to reopen in some capacity as part of phase three of the road to recovery.

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In an interview with the Mandurah Mail last week, mayor Rhys Williams said he was looking forward to opening up the City again.

"We know how important these facilities are to the public," he said.

"These are facilities that our community loves so our commitment is to get them open as soon as possible.

"We don't want to be complacent but we know we can safely start encouraging people to come back to enjoy Mandurah again and it is so nice to be able to say that."

In a statement, the City said it was important to work through the phase two reopenings in a "safe and measured" way.

"During this transition period, the City is continuing to follow the latest health advice about services and facilities that can be reopened, which is a complicated process which must be done in a considered way," the statement read.

"Regular assessments are being made about what can be reopened to the community with a cautious approach.

"The community is encouraged to take advantage of the online resources and services that have been implemented since the pandemic.

"The community should also continue to adhere to social distancing rules, practise good personal hygiene, remain vigilant about the potential spread of COVID-19."