Long closures finally end

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LIBRARIES and recreation centres across the Kingston municipality have begun to reopen.

From 9 November, the doors to Parkdale, Chelsea, Clarinda, and Cheltenham libraries reopened for pre-booked visits by phone appointment only. Dingley and Patterson Lakes libraries will open from 30 November.

Local tennis clubs and bowls clubs are also back in action. Council says that sporting grounds are beginning to be booked up for use over the winter.

Waves Leisure Centre also reopened on 9 November for lap swimming, classes, and gym sessions. All visits need to be pre-booked at kingstonactive.com.au.

In neighbouring Frankston, the Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre has also reopened after  a long closure period.

Kingston Council CEO Julie Reid has urged visitors to the reopened facilities to practice good hygiene to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“We are really excited to be able to open up some of our libraries and sport and recreation facilities again to residents and visitors to Kingston, but safety is our main priority and we want to make sure we reopen in a staged way that allows people some access but doesn’t create any additional risks,” she said.

“It’s really important that when the community visit our libraries, recreation centres and other facilities that they continue to follow physical distancing guidelines and keep up the hygiene practices we have all become so good at. You will also need to wear your mask at all times when visiting our libraries and Waves, except of course when you are exercising or swimming.”

Library bookings can be made via phone at 1300 135 668.

First published in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News – 11 November 2020

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