This week the State Government introduced Phase 2 of their roadmap to relax COVID-19 restrictions while taking precautions to minimise the spread of the virus. The City has followed directives from the State and Federal governments throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to do so as we navigate these unprecedented times together.

On Monday some City facilities and services resumed operations in accordance with the limitations, which include a maximum of 20 patrons per facility and applying the 4 square metre per person physical distancing rule. Bookings are essential to manage the limitations so please contact facilities directly to book.

The Karratha Leisureplex and Wickham Recreation Precinct have resumed group fitness classes, personal training, sport courts and ovals, and reopened pools. Gyms remain closed until further notice in line with the restrictions, with the Roebourne Aquatic Centre closed as per standard winter hours.

Community hubs, pavilions and halls are available to hire, and drop-in services have recommenced at The Youth Shed and The Base, while the Indoor Play Centre remains closed until further notice in line with the restrictions.

Our libraries have reopened for loans and Rhyme and Story Time, but if you’re able to keep using the Select and Collect online service this will help staff manage the 20 patron limit. The Red Earth Arts Precinct cinema and theatre, all playgrounds and skate parks remain closed until further notice in line with the restrictions.

The Karratha Tourism and Visitor Centre has resumed winter business hours; 9am-4pm weekdays and 9am-2pm on weekends, with caretakers based at 40 Mile and Cleaverville campgrounds to monitor the influx of travellers.

I encourage the community to only travel between the Pilbara, Gascoyne and Mid West. While some may find the staged approach to lifting these regional boundaries frustrating, they’re based on the best health advice to keep us safe.

It’s also crucial to continue practicing social distancing by keeping at least 1.5m from each other and practicing good personal hygiene by washing your hands often and covering coughs and sneezes.