Ipswich City Council will close various facilities it manages for the duration of the three-day lockdown announced for Greater Brisbane, including Ipswich, today by the State Government.
This includes all council libraries, the Ipswich Art Gallery, Ipswich Civic Centre and public pools.
The lockdown comes into effect from 5pm on Monday, 29 March.
The facilities will not be reopened until the lockdown is lifted.
Following is the list of council managed facilities that will be closed:
- All libraries
- Art gallery
- Civic centre
- Visitor Information Centre
- Fire Station 101
- Council community centres.
The Customer Service Desk in the Ipswich City Council Administration Building and the council call centre will remain open.
Customers will be required to wear a mask if they visit the customer service counter as per Queensland Health requirements.
Council’s Safe City operations will continue unaffected.
Council also announced that various outdoor facilities will be closed for the duration of the lockdown.
These include all public pools, including the Orion Lagoon at Robelle Domain, the Queens Park nursery and all mobile nursery events.
The Ipswich Nature Centre (which was already closed due to flying foxes), Queens Park Nursery and Queens Park Education Centre are also closed.
Council’s Active and Healthy Ipswich program has been cancelled for the duration of the lockdown.
Picnic areas across natural estates remain open, as do council parks and dog off-leash areas.
Authorities have again allowed people to exercise – with restrictions on where and with how many others – and council parks remain open for this purpose.
Playground and exercise equipment in those parks will not be closed or fenced off. However, given the latest advice from the government, council suggests people do not use the equipment during the duration of the lockdown.
Council’s recycling and refuse centres at Riverview and Rosewood remain open for essential services and residents are encouraged not to attend unless necessary.
Face masks are recommended for all visitors to the waste transfer centre, however are not mandatory as long as social distancing practices are being followed. Waste transfer centre users are required to pay with EFTPOS or credit card, not cash.
Domestic waste services will continue unaffected.
The Ipswich Pound and Animal Management Centre, operated by the RSPCA, will also be closed.