Restrictions continue to ease

Published on 29 June 2020

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MidCoast Council’s volunteer run libraries, visitor information centres and tip shops will be among services to the community to restart from Wednesday, following a further easing of COVID-19 restrictions and the welcoming back of volunteers.

“We’ve really enjoyed being able to welcome the community back into our spaces over the last month, and are really pleased to be able to welcome our valuable volunteers back over the coming weeks,” Council’s Director of Liveable Communities, Paul De Szell said.

The first of the openings will be the Taree and Gloucester Tip Shops on Wednesday, with Taree Visitor Information Centre following a few days later.

Visitor information centres in Forster and Gloucester reopened at the beginning of June, and the Taree centre will reopen from Friday 3 July with reduced hours. The centre will initially reopen from 9am to 12 noon, Monday to Saturday.  The Tea Gardens centre will reopen on Saturday 4 July, while volunteer run centres at Pacific Palms and Bulahdelah will reopen under a staged approach currently being finalised.

While the majority of Council’s libraries opened their doors at the beginning of June, branches run by volunteers have remained closed. However, from next Monday, 6 July, Old Bar and Nabiac Libraries will reopen to their communities.

“The Libraries team has continued to adapt to the conditions throughout this pandemic and they’re offering their usual school holiday program online in July, which will be really popular.

“Library users will also be pleased to hear that our public computers will become available, albeit in a limited capacity, during this round of restrictions easing.”

The Manning Regional Art Gallery is also welcoming back volunteers and will be reopening the smaller spaces in the gallery from this week.

Council is also working to reopen their camping grounds as soon as possible, following a comprehensive assessment of these sites.

“We do ask our community to continue to practice social distancing, and not to come into our facilities if they are unwell or have recently been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.”

Venues including the Manning Entertainment Centre will remain closed at this point in time, as per the requirements of the State Government’s COVID-19 Public Health Order.

For more information on openings and restrictions go to www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/covid