Coronavirus pandemic: Glen Innes Severn Council closing library, visitor information centre, youth centre and swimming pools

Glen Innes Severn Council is closing the library, the visitors information centre, the youth centre and the Glen Innes and Emmaville swimming pools.

In a statement sent to the Examiner on Monday afternoon, the council said it would be taking all steps to ensure that essential council services remain operational during the coronavirus pandemic.

At the same time, they said they would be observing all federal and state government requirements and mandates to keep residents safe and healthy.

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"As the situation is very fluid, with changes being announced almost daily, council has to also remain flexible and adaptive as circumstances change," the statement said.

"Council will endeavour to keep residents updated with any changes to services as regularly and as immediately as possible through council's website, Facebook page and the local media."

From close of business on Monday, and until further notice, the following services will be closed:

  1. Glen Innes Severn Library and Learning Centre.
  2. Council swimming pools at Glen Innes and Emmaville.
  3. Visitor Information Centre (V.I.C.)
  4. The Youth Booth (youth centre).

There will be limited access to services at the library and the V.I.C. such as a facility to pick up and drop off books at the library, and the availability of some services on-line or by phone at the V.I.C. More detailed information will be circulated about this in the near future.

There will also be information issued about Life Choices - Support Services (LC-SS) and Children and Family Services (CAFS) services and facilities, including Out of School Hours (OOSH) and Vacation Care, as soon as possible.

The Church Street offices will be closed as of close of business on Monday, 23 March 2020 and all enquiries should be directed to either the Town Hall offices, which will remain open, or by phone to relevant personnel. Some Council personnel may be working from home, however, this should not overly impact on the services provided.

All essential council services such as Water and Sewer, Ranger and Waste Depots will remain fully operational.

It is anticipated that council meetings will continue but will not be open to the general public until further notice. Live streaming will remain available.

Council urges residents to observe all public health recommendations and mandates from the Federal and NSW State Governments through government websites such as https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus.aspx and to put health and safety for yourselves, for your families and for the Local Government Area as a priority.