COVID-19: City of Vincent Facilities

Published: Wednesday, 18 March 2020 at 6:51:19 PM

Please read the following Important community information from the City of Vincent regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), Beatty Park Leisure Centre and other City facilities.

Beatty Park Leisure Centre

Beatty Park Leisure Centre has been reviewing and changing its operations in response to the Federal Government’s announcement today on COVID-19.

The Federal Government’s advice was that gyms, indoor fitness centres and swimming pools do not need to close at this time – as long as they follow social distancing advice, have no more than 100 people in a single enclosed space and have good cleaning practices in place.

Beatty Park has been implementing social distancing strategies and additional cleaning.

We will continue to monitor adherence to the requirements on social distancing, numbers of patrons within enclosed areas and implement improvements where required to provide the safest possible environment for our patrons.

Beatty Park Swim School, Crèche, Spa and Sauna have been closed with immediate effect.

The health and safety of our members, customers and staff is our highest concern at this time. Beatty Park will provide regular updates to patrons on the changing situation.

City of Vincent Library and Loftus Community Centre

The Library and Local History Centre and the Loftus Community Centre will remain open at this time but without events.

All programs and events in these facilities have been cancelled with our particular concern for the number of seniors who use these facilities.

The Library will look to add additional homebound services for library users.

Comments from City of Vincent Mayor Emma Cole:

“We understand how important these community hubs are to residents and members,” said Mayor Emma Cole.

“The health and safety of our community, customers and staff is our number one priority.

“We are closely following the advice and acting immediately on direction from health authorities.

“We want to continue to encourage wellbeing activities and access to our services in the community during this difficult time as long as it is safe to do so.

“It is important that we rise to this challenge and get through it together. This is a time when we really need to look out for each other.

 “We will continue to provide updates on a regular basis on the status of our services and facilities. Good communication is crucial at this time.”

Loftus Recreation Centre

The City of Vincent is in discussions with Belgravia Leisure – the manager of the Loftus Recreation Centre – on its response to the Federal Government’s announcement today.

The social sports competition has been cancelled due to the social distancing requirements. All other services remain open.


For the latest news and updates reagarding COVID-19 please visit the City's dedicated webpage www.vincent.wa.gov.au/coronavirus

For frequently asked questions relating to Beatty Park Leisure Centre, please see below.

FAQs

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 the Swim School still open? 

The Swim School has been closed until further notice. The health and safety of our members, customers and staff is our highest concern at this time.

We will provide regular updates on this changing situation. 

Is the creche open?

The creche has been closed until further notice. The health and safety of our members, customers and staff is our highest concern at this time.

We will provide regular updates on this changing situation. 

Am I able to access the spa, sauna and steam room? 

The spa, sauna and steam room is closed until further notice. The health and safety of our members, customers and staff is our highest concern at this time.

We will provide regular updates on this changing situation. 

How is Beatty Park applying the Governments required social distancing directive? 

Group fitness class numbers have been reduced down to a maximum of:

  • 25 in Studio 1
  • 10 in Studio 2
  • 16 in RPM 
  • 15 in the Yoga Studio (Club Room) 

We are also

  • Isolating alternate pieces of equipment in the gym,  
  • Encouraging members to maintain 1.5m spacing at all times in all areas 
  • Closing the spa, sauna and steam room
  • Limiting numbers in the gym and pools 

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.  

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 
  • Increasing social distancing measures
  • Keeping maximum numbers in single enclosed areas under 100.

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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