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Hepburn Shire Libraries Set to Re-Open

Clunes. Photo eCommunity Press.

Hepburn Shire Council Chief Executive Officer, Evan King, said the easing ofCOVID-19 restrictions allows some community facilities and services to re-open, albeit with restricted numbers and social distancing requirements in place.

“Council will take a risk-based approach to re-opening services,” said Mr King.

“Our playgrounds, skate facilities and outdoor fitness equipment across the Shire are now open.  State Government regulations are that people should not gather in groups of more than 10 and stay 1.5 metres apart from others.  This increases to up to 20 people from 11:59pm on Sunday 31 May 2020.  Council has installed signage to remind the community of appropriate social distancing measures and have scheduled regular cleaning of the playgrounds.”

A new Library Click-and-Collect service will start on Wednesday 3 June 2020.  Libraries will be open from 10am to 2pm on specific days.

  • Clunes – Thursday and Friday
  • Creswick – Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
  • Daylesford – Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday
  • Trentham – Tuesday and Friday

Library Click-and-Collect is a temporary service adjustment so that we can serve the public safely until restrictions are lifted further.

To avoid disappointment the community is asked to wait for confirmation that their items are ready for pick-up.  Wait times and queuing outside the library may be necessary, with information available on council website and Facebook page.

Mr King said the libraries would increase their cleaning regime to ensure the health and safety of staff and patrons.

“We’re really excited to see people in our libraries again. We know there will be a lot of grateful patrons, who have really missed the facilities available at a library.  We would like everyone to follow the restrictions and be respectful of the changes being made to the library service.”

“We are also required to record the names of people who attend our facilities, but we assure library patrons that if personal information is retained, it will be stored and protected and only be made available to health authorities if contact tracing is required,” said Mr King.