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Playgrounds, exercise equipment and skate parks re-open

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Playgrounds, exercise equipment and skate parks across the Sunshine Coast Council area will re-open from this Saturday, 16 May, following the Queensland Government’s plan to ease COVID-19 restrictions.

A maximum of 10 people will be allowed to use a facility at any one time.

Personal trainers will also be able to hold sessions for up to ten people (including the trainer) on council land, as long as they can demonstrate COVID-safe practices and have an existing permit in place.

Residents and visitors must continue to comply with social distancing requirements and other national public health directions including regularly washing hands and staying at home if you are unwell.

While council has increased cleaning on many facilities, residents are strongly encouraged to carry hand sanitiser and disinfectant wipes to use when touching public surfaces such as playgrounds and exercise equipment.

Sunshine Coast Council Mayor and Local Disaster Management Group Chair Mark Jamieson said community safety was at the forefront of all decisions about re-opening facilities.

“It is vital however, that our residents adhere to the 10 person maximum outlined by the Queensland Government in all areas.

“If you arrive somewhere and you can’t maintain that distance, turn around and go home, or choose another venue.

“Now is not the time to undo all of our good work".

Public barbecues will remain closed at this time as they can provide an opportunity for people to congregate at unsafe distances, but this will remain under review over the coming weeks.

Council is continuing to evaluate the timing and activities required to re-open further facilities and will provide updates as these decisions are made.

For the latest information about council facilities and services and business assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/coronavirus.