Changes to City services to prevent spread of COVID-19

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The City of Greater Bendigo has announced the following changes to service delivery to help limit the spread of COVID-19. 

Wednesday’s Council meeting will be open to the public but residents are strongly discouraged to attend. The meeting will continue to be live streamed on Facebook and broadcast on Phoenix 106.7FM or online at www.phoenixfm.org.au. There will be less chairs available for seating in the gallery, with further seating available downstairs in the Town Hall where a screen showing the live stream will be set up. 

Visitor Centres and swimming pools will remain open for the time being, and services such as Aged Care, Maternal and Child Health, Immunisation and Early Years (child care centres) will continue to operate but in line with advice from the Victorian Government and Chief Health Officer. 

City Chief Executive Officer Craig Niemann said decision making was based on ensuring the health and wellbeing of staff and the community, while still continuing to provide services for residents. 

“This situation will continue to be monitored and further action may include temporary closure or limiting public access. The community will be advised of any changes,” Mr Niemann said. 

“The decision was made to close our theatres and related venues due to the close proximity that people sit and interact with each other, while places like Bendigo Art Gallery and libraries provide more space for people to move around and create some distance (social distancing) from each other. 

“We also ask for residents to be patient over the coming months when contacting the City. It is likely our capacity to respond will decrease as the COVID-19 disease spreads and we will have to prioritise service delivery and enquiries.”

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