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Campaspe libraries to open from Monday

By Campaspe News

CAMPASPE Shire customer service centres and libraries reopened in a limited capacity on Monday.

The moves were part of the latest easing of restrictions in Victoria.

“We are sure the opening of our libraries will be welcomed; however, we urge the community to not all visit on day one,” Campaspe Shire chief executive Declan Moore said.

“Each building, depending on its size, will have a limit on the number of customers allowed inside at one time. For example, a maximum of 20 people in the Regional Library and down to maybe four in the smaller centres, until reviewed before June 22.

“Library branches will offer a restricted service, with no programs or activities operating, including no access to public computers. We are also encouraging the community to come in and out as quickly as possible.

“Online library services will continue to be available.

“Library fees will be waived through to July 1 to allow the community time to return books across the coming month.”

Mr Moore said the decision still required strict social distancing guidelines and numbers to be followed.

“We are also required to record the names of people who stay in our facilities for more than 15 minutes,” Mr Moore said.

“Rather than closely monitor people during their stay, entry registration cards will be available at entry points to capture this information and, if you leave before 15 minutes, the card will be returned to you for destruction.

“We are seeking the community’s support to adhere to this requirement to ensure that we meet government guidelines and keep services open.”

Other services and facilities opening include:

Playgrounds, skate parks, outdoor gym equipment

Open from Tuesday, May 26 with a gathering limit of 10 people. From Monday, June 1, changing to a limit of no more than 20 people per space.

Port of Echuca Discovery Centre and Echuca Paddlesteamers

Open from Friday, June 5, initially for four days (Friday to Monday), then continuing four days per week moving to Thursday to Sunday. The centre will be operating booked group tours to ensure government guidelines can be adhered to. Paddlesteamer cruising times and passenger numbers will be limited and bookings are required.

Camping

From June 1, camping is allowed — without the use of shared facilities. Aysons Reserve south of Rochester, which is managed by council, will be open for campers who are fully self-contained.

In easing restrictions from June 1, the government is reminding the community to be considerate in all activities, be cautious and use common sense.

“The key message is ‘if you don’t have to do something, please don’t’,” Mr Moore added.

There are a number of ways the community can continue to make contact with council without leaving home:

● Online at website (for payments and service requests)

● Phone: 1300 666 535.

● Email: shire@campaspe.vic.gov.au

As changes are made to services and facilities, the community will be kept up to date through council’s website, social media and local advertising.