Community update on Coronavirus

Published: Monday, 16 March 2020 at 3:10:07 PM

Staff at Beatty Park have stepped up cleaning practices to ensure the facility remains as safe as possible in the wake of the novel coronavirus.

The City of Vincent and Beatty Park Leisure Centre are following all directions from local and State health agencies to provide an environment that is as safe and healthy as possible.

Beatty Park will remain open at this time, with extra measures in place to help protect customers and employees.

Cleaning stations have been installed throughout the facility, antibacterial wipes and hand sanitiser are available and staff are increasing cleaning practises.

We are also increasing Stop the Spread messaging throughout the centre.

The most effective way to mitigate the risk of contracting Coronavirus is to practice good hygiene;

  • Stay at home if you are experiencing fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue or shortness of breath.
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds then dry your hands.
  • Bring a towel to the gym.
  • Wipe down equipment before and after use.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a flexed elbow.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Use and immediately bin tissues.
  • Please do not attend Beatty Park if you feel unwell.

The City of Vincent website will provide up to date information as the situation unfolds via www.vincent.wa.gov.au/coronavirus

Anyone with questions or concerns about COVID-19 should contact the Public Health Information Line on 1800 004 599 or visit the Department of Health website via www.health.wa.gov.au


Frequently Asked Questions

Is Beatty Park affected by the Australian Government ban on mass gatherings? 

The Australian Government announced on 13 March, a ban on organised, non-essential gatherings of more than 500 people. Beatty Park will continue to remain open and will continue to follow the recommendations provided by the Department of Health. 

Will Beatty Park be closing? 

We will continue to provide facilities for as long as it is considered safe and appropriate for us to do so by the relevant authorities and we have staff and supplies available to operate. 

Is it safe to swim in the pools? 

We are currently in contact with the WA Health Department and are advised to continue to follow their current guidelines in relation to our pool operations and disinfection practices. They advise there is no evidence of transmission via swimming pools at this time. We will continue to follow these guidelines unless advised otherwise.  

What action is being taken to the Swim School? 

We will continue to provide your family with swimming lessons for as long as it is considered safe and appropriate to do so, with the following action plan in place, we will be:

  • Reducing class sizes and interactions between students by
    • Rostering on additional teachers for every shift, as a result you may see different teachers allocated to students 
    • Angelfish students will work independently with their teacher 
    • Swim School deck officers and support staff will be in the water teaching 
    • Students will not come into contact with each other
  • Teaching 'equipment free' so students do not share equipment 
  • Utilising more pool space, including outdoors to spread out classes 
  • Placing a freeze on all new enrolments to ensure we can focus our attention on existing customers 
  • Placing a freeze on all changes to times and classes until further notice to assist in coordinating the above changes 
  • Advise students go home to shower and minimise the use of change rooms 

I would like to suspend my membership, how am I able to do this? 

We understand people are feeling cautious and may wish to suspend their membership for an extended period of time. The below is effective immediately:  

  • Members are welcome to suspend their membership at any time free of charge 
  • Members can suspend their membership for a maximum of three months (this will be reviewed as needed)
  • All suspensions need to be submitted in writing via email to reception.bp@vincent.wa.gov.au or in person at the Centre 
  • Please provide your full name, dates of suspension and a contact number 

If Beatty Park needs to close, memberships will be suspended automatically, and you will receive an email to advise you of this. 

We will keep you updated on this. 

What is Beatty Park doing to protect customers? 

Beatty Park has increased measures to protect customers and employees which include:

  • Cleaning stations installed throughout the Centre 
  • Antibacterial wipes and hand sanitiser is available throughout the Centre 
  • Cleaning practises have increased 
  • Increased cleaning messaging to customers and employees 

What can customers do to help? 

The Department of Health advises the most effective way to mitigate the risk of contracting Covid-19 is to practice good hygiene. 

  • Stay home if you are experiencing a fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue or shortness of breath 
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Dry your hands 
  • Always bring a towel to the gym 
  • Wipe down equipment before and after use 
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a flexed elbow 
  • Avoid touching your face 
  • Use and immediately bin tissues 
  • If you're unwell do not attend Beatty Park 

What are the symptoms of Covid-19 

Symptoms can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Some people will recover easily, and others may get very sick quickly. People with Covid-19 may experience 

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat 
  • Fatigue 
  • Shortness of breath
  • Flu like symptoms 

When and how should I seek medical attention? 

To seek medical help from a doctor or hospital, call ahead of time to book an appointment. You will be asked to take precautions when you attend for treatment. Follow the instructions you are given. 

Your doctor will tell you if you should be tested, and they will arrange for the test. 

You will only be tested if your doctor decided you meet the criteria: 

  • You have returned from overseas in the past 14 days and you develop respiratory illness with or without a fever 
  • You have been in close contact with a confirmed case in the past 14 days you develop respiratory illness with or without a fever
  • You have severe community-acquired pneumonia and there is no clear cause 
  • You are a healthcare worker who works directly with patients and you have a respiratory illness and a fever 

Useful Resources

For information on how to help stop the spread of the virus, what to do if you have symptoms and for latest official medical advice see below:

Department of Health

About Coronavirus

Coronavirus National Health Plan


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