THE NEW NORMAL - 17/06/2020

There’s no denying that COVID-19 has impacted all of us over the past few months and while we’re well on the road to recovery, we do have some work ahead of us to establish a ‘new normal’.

We’re now in phase three of the State Government’s road map to ease COVID-19 restrictions, a significant step towards returning to life after the pandemic.

There have been many changes to the City’s operations, with more of our facilities and services re-opening and implementing new procedures in line with the ever-changing restrictions.

In exciting news, the Karratha Leisureplex was granted an exemption on the maximum 300 patrons per venue rule last week, which means the facility can accommodate up to 550 people. We’re the only sports and recreation facility in WA with this exemption. You no longer need to book into group fitness classes, but please continue to reserve pool lanes.

This exemption has enabled us to open up the various zones even further, including our crèche from 8.30-11.30am Monday-Friday, 4-7pm Monday-Thursday and 7.30-11.30am Saturday. The Indoor Play Centre reopened this week, offering 1.5 hour play sessions.

In more good news, the Red Earth Arts Precinct cinema was among the first cinemas in WA to reopen on June 6. Sonic the Hedgehog sold out the 100-patron limit overnight, which is a fantastic community response. The cinema will screen 2-3 movies each weekend until staff can resume live shows and performances, with venue hire resuming for our local dance and theatre groups.

I’d like to take this opportunity to personally thank you each and every one of you for your patience and cooperation during this challenging time. Please keep practicing social distancing and personal hygiene to minimise the spread of the virus.

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