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Coronavirus update: playgrounds open this weekend

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Coronavirus update: Playgrounds around the region will be open again from the weekend.

In response to the state government announcement of the easing COVID-19 restrictions, Bundaberg Regional Council will move to open up playgrounds this weekend.

CEO Steve Johnston said playground equipment, skate parks and outdoor gyms will be reopen for use from Saturday, 16 May.

“While we are thrilled to know our playgrounds will be utilised once more, we implore the community to maintain social-distancing measures wherever possible,” he said.

Under the state government changes, pools will also be allowed to reopen with strict conditions however, Mr Johnston said Council had made the decision to keep Norville, Anzac and Gin Gin pools closed.

“This is due to the regular winter closures that usually take place close to this time of year,” he said.

“However, the Isis War Memorial Pool in Childers, which is heated, will be reopening from Saturday, 16 May.

“Residents are advised a maximum of 10 people will be allowed to use the pool at any one time.”

Mr Johnston said news of lifted restrictions would also impact neighbourhood centres throughout the region.

“Council will be reopening the Childers and Gin Gin Neighbourhood Centres from Monday, 18 May,” he said.

New centres open for testing

COVID-19 testing is readily available and in addition to the existing Wide Bay Hospital fever clinic at the Recreational Precinct, two new medical facilities have opened in Bundaberg to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. 

A drive-through COVID-19 testing centre, run by QML Pathology, is in operation from the Bundaberg Super Park, 40 Enid Ethel Drive and is open from 9am to 2.30pm, Monday to Friday. 

A GP referral is needed for anyone who wishes to be tested.

Bundaberg Respiratory Clinic also officially opened its doors this week at the Grace Medical Skin and Vein Centre in Princess Street and includes an assessment and treatment clinic for anyone with respiratory illness or cold/flu-like symptoms. 

It is also a testing centre for COVID-19. 

This clinic opens from 8.30 am at 16 Princess Street, East Bundaberg.

Queensland Health has reported no new cases of Coronavirus in the Wide Bay Region.

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