Outdoor equipment set to reopen as COVID-19 restrictions ease


Lake Macquarie residents will soon have access to outdoor equipment such as playgrounds, fitness equipment, skate parks and public baths from Friday.

The facilities are set to reopen on Friday morning with crews inspecting the areas this week ahead of the reopening.

“The NSW Government has advised that from Friday 15 May the use of outdoor equipment will be allowed in NSW,” Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser said.

“While outdoor facilities will be open from Friday morning, we encourage the community to follow social distancing rules of 1.5 metres, limit their outdoor gatherings to no more than 10 people, and continue to practice safe hygiene and wash hands regularly.

“If you are unwell or experiencing symptoms such as sore throat, coughing or fever, please stay at home to help stop the spread of COVID-19.”

Charlestown Swim Centre is among the facilities to reopen with swimmers required to pre-book a session to attend the pool.

“Swim Centre staff will take bookings from 9am on Friday 15 May, with the first pre-booked session available from 10.15am, Friday,” Lake Macquarie City Council’s Director Service Delivery John Ferguson said.

“From Saturday 16 May, sessions will be available from 5am-5.30pm, daily.

“We understand there are a lot of people in our community who are keen to get in the water but to ensure the safety of staff and our community, and to meet NSW Government guidelines, restrictions will be in place.”

Some of the restrictions include a limit of ten people within the facility at a time, excluding staff and patrons cannot attend the pool without pre-booking a session.

“We ask the community to be patient with us when calling to book, as we expect we will receive an influx of calls each day,” Mr Ferguson said. 

“We will continually review our service offering to ensure we are providing a safe, flexible and efficient service to our community.”

For terms and conditions regarding bookings at Charlestown Swim Centre, visit the council’s website.

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