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Helensburgh, Thirroul and Corrimal libraries to reopen on Monday as Covid-19 restrictions continue to ease

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LIBRARIES at Helensburgh, Thirroul and Corrimal will reopen from Monday as part of Wollongong City Council’s relaxing of Covid-19 restrictions.

From Monday November 1, fully-vaccinated community members will be allowed back into libraries to browse and borrow. This change follows the reopening of Council’s customer service centre for face-to-face conversations this week.

Wollongong City Council general manager Greg Doyle said a phased approach has been taken to the reopening of services.

“Throughout the pandemic we’ve always put the health, safety and wellbeing of our community, and our staff and their families, first,” he said.

“With the increasing vaccination rates we’re seeing across the city and the drop in COVID-19 infection rates over the past 14 days, now is an appropriate time to take these steps.’’

Customers in the libraries and customer service centre will need to wear masks at all times, check-in through the Service NSW app or ask a staff member to sign them in, and keep socially distanced at all times. Those visiting the library will need to show proof of vaccination to enter.

While the libraries are reopening to community members who are fully vaccinated, the Click and Collect initiative will remain until 5pm, Tuesday November 30, for those who wish to utilise this service.

Council is also continuing to review capacity numbers at supervised pools and leisure centres. Additional session times for pools will be coming online from November 1. Pool showers – with a cap on the number of people permitted at any time – will also reopen.

“What we’re seeing in our city now is the start of a new phase for our community as we start to look beyond the current lockdown and explore how we want to engage with our community, our friends and our families once again,’’ Mr Doyle said.

“We’re responding to these changes by changing the way we manage our popular foreshore areas and parks that have seen so many people embrace picnics as a way to socialise. We’ve put on additional rubbish collections on weekends – beefing up the increased collections we’d had in place last year – and we’re trialling recycling collection at Thirroul and Stanwell Park Beaches.

“We’re also working on opportunities to extend and shake up outdoor dining opportunities across the city so that we can support local businesses to get back on their feet and meet the needs of our community who want to be able to dine or drink in an outdoor environment. In addition, we continue to offer a range of COVID-support opportunities for local businesses, grants for our city’s creatives and financial support for local not-for-profit organisations providing emergency food and care services to our community.

“It’s an interesting and exciting time for Wollongong and I just ask our community to continue to do the right thing – follow the Public Health Order, get tested and stay home if you’re feeling unwell and keep mask wearing when it’s appropriate to do so.’’


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A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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