Four out of five Melville libraries have reopened in what is the first step of a progressive reopening of City services and facilities, with the majority set to reopen when Phase 3 sees more restrictions eased.
City of Melville Mayor the Hon. George Gear JP said providing COVIDSafe services and facilities for the community and staff was the highest priority.
“There is no doubt that COVID-19 has changed the way we deliver our services and how we will need to manage our facilities into the future, but with the appropriate preparation and management we are very much looking forward to welcoming our community back to all our facilities as soon as we can, and as soon as is practicable,” said Mayor Gear.
“In the meantime, we are asking the public to be patient as we take a cautious approach and progressively move through each phase of WA’s road map to reopening.
“While we have not yet opened all our doors, we want to remind our community that we are still here to provide customer service as we always have been, and as a priority we will be reopening the City’s Civic Centre in modified capacity, on Tuesday, 2 June. Many of our previous face to face services and programs have been modified and are available online, and our customer service team are also available by email, phone and live chat via our website.
“Our four larger libraries AH Bracks Library + Creative Space, Civic Square, Bull Creek and Willagee have now returned to their normal operating hours, with all the necessary COVIDSafe measures in place. Canning Bridge Library will remain closed, continuing to house our home delivery service and supporting our more vulnerable community members through this challenging time. Our Community Centres will also open their doors for specific prorgams and groups on Monday, 25 May.
“Our LeisureFit Centres, including the pool facilities and fitness classes will remain closed to the general public under the current Phase 2 restrictions, however some user groups such as our squad competition swimmers may be able to get back in the pool and back to training before Phase 3. We are certainly working towards that.
“We are aware that many in the community have been hoping our LeisureFit Centres would open now, however having to limit services to 20 people at a time does present challenges, both in terms of providing our patrons with equal access to the limited services we are able to operate, and also economically, with the cost involved in staffing the centres appropriately for such a limited number of patrons, simply not viable.
“Due to these complexities, we’ll be taking a staged approach to ensure we get things right at our LeisureFit Centres and we’ll also take the opportunity to complete some essential works which will benefit our customers when they return.
“Our Museums and Galleries will also remain closed for now, however work has already commenced towards getting these sites ready to welcome the public back when WA enters Phase 3.
“Every one of us plays a part in the fight against COVID-19, so our new normal as we open the doors to each facility and service will include all the important hygiene and COVID safety measures such as social distancing, ensuring hand washing/sanitising facilities are available and working on the basis of one person per four square metres. The community are also encouraged to download the COVIDSafe app to assist with any contact tracing should it be needed.”
For more information about changes to the City’s services and facilities and support available for the community through COVID-19 please visit www.melvillecity.com.au/covid