Orange City Council is taking its first steps towards reopening outdoor council facilities as coronavirus restrictions slowly ease across the state.
All council-run playgrounds, including the skate parks, adventure playground and outdoor exercise equipment reopened on Friday, while the outdoor pool at the Orange Aquatic Centre will reopen on Monday morning.
Laws around social distancing - keeping 1.5 metres away from people and gathering in groups of no more than 10 - remain in place until NSW moves to stage two, meaning swimmers at the outdoor pool will need to book a time.
Only 10 people will be allowed in the pool at a time, with the pool open from 7am Monday and bookings for an hour-long session in the pool are required.
The pool has been reconfigured with 9 lanes, each 2.5 metres wide. One of the lanes has been divided into two 25 metres sections, and while change rooms and toilets are open, showers will not be.
Entry is with tap-and-go cards only, while the admission charge is $7 for adults and $5 concession, with season tickets to be extended once the COVID-19 crisis has passed. Those season tickets can't currently be used.
It's great to be taking the first few steps forward.Orange mayor Reg Kidd
Orange City Council CEO David Waddell said he was pleased to see council venues begin to reopen, but asked residents to ensure they follow directions.
"We'll be doing our best to make this work at the outdoor pool, but we'll be monitoring the social distancing closely and if the guidelines are not being met, we will have to review the reopening," he said.
"This reopening is not intended for recreational use but for exercise which can include aqua-aerobics, walking or swimming."
He also cautioned it doesn't have the resources to sanitise equipment - especially in playgrounds - after each use, encouraging parents and carers to wipe down facilities if needed.
"We have playground equipment in more than thirty community neighbourhood parks, as well outdoor gym equipment and the three skate parks," he said.
"Our staff are simply not able to sanitise this equipment after every person uses it. It's up to parents and carers to think it through, and then take steps such as wiping equipment down before they use it."
Orange Mayor Reg Kidd said he was delighted by the news council facilities will re-open.
"We've all got a long road ahead of us as we try to come back from this community health crisis, and while we all need to work hard to stay as safe as we can, it's great to be taking the first few steps forward," Cr Reg Kidd said.
"Our local playgrounds are a great venue for that daily walk and some activity with the family and I'm sure people will be sensible as they start to use them again."
The pool will be open Mondays to Saturdays from 7am to 5pm.
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