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Re-Opening of J M Robson Aquatic Centre

Source: Lithgow City Council
Posted: 13 Jun 2020
Lithgow City Council will be opening J M Robson Aquatic Centre as of the 15th June 2020 in line with NSW Health restrictions.

As restrictions continue to ease, Lithgow City Council will be reopening the J M Robson Aquatic Centre to public use on 15 June 2020. This reopening will be accompanied by a set of strict guidelines incorporated within a Safety Plan, as mandated by the State Government, which aim to protect the safety of the public and staff. These operating restrictions will include the following:

  • Social distancing of 1.5 metres MUST be maintained at all times.
  • Entry will be through the reception area only with exit through the rear door.
  • Payment will be by EFTPOS only to reduce contact with cash.
  • Screens have been installed at reception for social distancing purposes.
  • Any patron who is unwell or has a high temperature will not be permitted into the centre.
  • Benches have been marked out with correct social distancing procedures with every second bench being available only.
  • Sanitisation stations will be provided at all entries and exits for use before entry and at exit
  • Initially the centre will be open to lap swimmers only.
  • Showers will be temporarily unavailable with change rooms being for emergencies only. Residents must change at home to eliminate contact of communal surfaces in every instance possible.
  • Contact details will be recorded for contact tracing purposes.
  • A health questionnaire must be filled out before first use of the pool.

In addition to the above, the facility will operate under a new set of operating hours and booking requirements as follows:

  • Opening Hours:
    • Monday – Friday 6am -6pm
    • Weekends – 8am-2pm
  • Bookings will be essential, with the following restrictions in place;
    • Timeslots will be booked on the hour however swimming time will be limited to 45minutes to allow sanitization in between groups
      • For example, come at 6am swim and leave the centre by 6:45am providing staff 15 minutes to sanitize for the next group.
      • Timeslots will be strictly adhered to. Patrons are expected to arrive ready to swim.
    • There will be a maximum of one person permitted per lane
    • Each patron will be allowed 2 sessions per week and bookings will only be taken 24 hours in advance.
  • Bookings will be taken via phone only from 8:30am this Friday for Monday 15th June 2020.
  • It is advised that all patrons attend the facility no more than 5 minutes before their booking time to reduce outside queuing.

Council apologises for any inconvenience that the above conditions of operation may cause. However, maintaining the low rates of transmission in NSW and Australia are contingent on a cautious approach to safe operation of community facilities. Lithgow City Council will continue to monitor NSW Health Guidelines and update its procedures and operating guidelines to align with NSW Health advice.

For reservations, please contact the J M Robson Aquatic Centre directly on 02 6352 9160

 
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