Council facilities gradually reopen

WELLINGTON residents can again join friends for a gym session, exercise class or laps of the indoor pool at Aqua Energy, because of further easing of COVID-19 restrictions across regional Victoria.

Under the new rules, the Aqua Energy indoor pools will be able to host 20 people of any age at a time per pool.

As gyms and indoor fitness centres can re-open, Aqua Energy’s gym is now open with a cap of 10 people per space and 20 overall.

Indoor non-contact sport can begin for those 18 and under, although many sports competitions, including all those at Gippsland Regional Sports Complex, which cannot meet the 1.5 metre physical distancing requirement, need to wait a little longer.

Music is back, too. Not only can entertainment venues have outdoor performances, like at The Wedge loading dock which has shows for 50 people every weekend, bands can take to the stage at restaurants and cafés, if the performance forms part of an outdoor hospitality offering, provided the band and crowd follow social-distancing rules and wear masks.

Wellington Shire’s libraries were recently permitted to reopen to 20 people in Sale and 10 at Wellington’s five other branches.

Local residents seeking entry to council facilities are asked to take photo ID showing their address to prove that they are not from metropolitan Melbourne.