COVID-19 Service Interruptions

Service Interruptions - COVID-19 Outbreak

Covid-19 Update - 1 July 2020

Bland Shire Council is reviewing its current COVID-19 restrictions along similar lines as per the directions from NSW State Government.

The Council administration building is now open to the public for the conduct of all Council related transactions. However, social distancing requirements will remain in place until further advised. Members of the public wishing to conduct a financial transaction are strongly encouraged to use a card facility wherever possible.

All customers are urged to make use of the hand sanitising facilities and social distancing advice whilst on-site. If you are ill with cold or flu like symptoms please do not visit a Council venue, contact us via phone on 69722266 or email council@blandshire.nsw.gov.au instead.

Bland Shire Library and Visitor Information Centre

From Wednesday 1 July 2020, the Bland Shire Library and Visitor Information Centre opening hours are extended to –

  • Library 10am-4pm Monday to Friday, 9.30am-Noon Saturday 
  • VIC 10am-4pm Monday to Friday, 9.30am-3pm Saturday, 10am-3pm Sunday

* The Library and Visitor Information Centre toilets are open from 1 July.

* The number of patrons, including staff, allowed in the facility is restricted to 10 persons and people are asked to observe social distancing protocols and restrict visits to a maximum of 30 minutes

* Limited access will be available to public PC’s in the library

* All book returns are to be made via the return chute and patrons will need to use their membership card to borrow via the self loan station

* Children aged 10 years and under must be supervised by a responsible person over 18 years of age.

* Seniors are encouraged to use the facilities where possible during the week between the hours of 10am and noon

* Access to the library will be made available to senior students wishing to access the library for study purposes between 3pm-5pm weekdays by making an appointment on 69790272.

* Face to face library programs remain suspended until further notice

* The  free home delivery service remains available for any library patrons in self-isolation or not wishing to enter the library space. Please call 69790272 to discuss your needs with library staff

* Newspapers will not be available until further notice

 * Visitors are encouraged to use the 24 hour VIC touch screen located at the entrance for instant access to information about local food, accommodation and attractions or collect a visitor information package from the foyer.

The library is taking all reasonable precautions to ensure the safety and wellbeing of its patrons.

All patrons are required to use the hand sanitizer available upon entry to the library. Staff reserve the right to refuse entry or ask patrons to leave who do not use the hand sanitizer provided, observe social distancing restrictions or exhibit cold and flu like symptoms.

For further enquiries please phone the library on 69790272

Playgrounds

Council’s playgrounds and skate parks are open but the playground equipment should still be used with caution.

Children's Services

Bland Preschool, Ungarie Preschool and Family Day Care continue to operate as normal.

Playrgoups, toy library and the Mobile Resource Unit programs remain suspended

HACC

Bland Home and Community Care (HACC) continue to meet the needs of local clients.

Group sessions are currently suspended

Testing

The Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) is encouraging residents to be tested for COVID-19 regardless of the existence of symptoms. Phone the COVID-19 hotline on 1800 831 099 to book in for a free and confidential test.

Council is supporting a request from the Federal Government to continue to promote the existence of the Covid – Safe App.  Council does, however, realise that downloading the App remains a personal decision.

For the latest information regarding COVID-19 residents should visit the NSW Health website at www.health.nsw.gov.au or the NSW Health and Murrumbidgee Local Health District Facebook pages.

For further information about Government support during COVID-19 and how to access the COVID Safe app visit https://www.australia.gov.au/ or call the Coronavirus hotline on 1800 020 080