Kingston facilities shut doors

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KINGSTON Council has made the call to close a number of its facilities to “help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus within the community”.

Kingston Council run libraries, Waves Leisure Centre, Kingston Arts Centre, Kingston City Hall, Shirley Burke Theatre, and council’s customer service centre closed last week. They will remain shut until at least 14 April.

The mayor Georgina Oxley said that “the City of Kingston needs to act responsibly and do what we can to slow the spread of the virus within the community.”

“Our libraries and recreation centres are important community meeting places, so this is not a decision we take lightly,” she said.

Council’s child care facilities will remain open, while aged care services including delivered meals will also continue to operate. Planning, building, waste and recycling, animal management, and parking and traffic services are also expected to continue.

“This is a time when we need to look out for all members of our community,” Cr Oxley said. “Our organisation has done a significant amount of planning to ensure crucial services to the community are not severely impacted by this pandemic.”

Kingston Council meetings will continue to run during the coronavirus crisis.

First published in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News – 25 March 2020

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