Bundaberg Regional Council has announced the closure of venues, programs and facilities for hire involving public gatherings to protect against COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Chief executive officer Steve Johnston said Council was acting on public health advice to avoid large gatherings and maintain social distancing.
All public programs will be cancelled at the following venues until further notice:
- Moncrieff Entertainment Centre
- Bundaberg Civic Centre
- Recreational Precinct
- Art galleries (public gatherings only, exhibitions will continue)
- Council facilities for hire
Some events have already been cancelled including Nitro Circus and Agrotrend.
Unfortunately, agricultural shows and Anzac Day commemorations won’t be able to go ahead as planned.
The Australian Government has requested cancellation of all public events involving more than 500 people with risk assessment recommended for smaller events.
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19.
The virus is most likely spread from person-to-person through:
- Direct close contact with a person while they are infectious or in the 24 hours before their symptoms appeared;
- Close contact with a person with a confirmed infection who coughs or sneezes, or touching objects or surfaces (like doorknobs or tables) contaminated from a cough or sneeze from a person with a confirmed infection, and then touching your mouth or face.
Based on the expert advice, Mr Johnston said it was in the interest of public safety to avoid public gatherings and maintain social distancing.
“We understand this is disappointing for organisers and patrons but thank people for their patience and understanding,” Mr Johnston said.
“I’d like to reassure people that Council has contingency plans to maintain essential services throughout the pandemic including waste management, water and sewerage and cemetery operations.
“There may be disruptions to other Council services, and these will be notified online.
“The situation is constantly evolving and we’ll continue to keep the community informed.”
For the latest information visit Council's website.
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