Canning Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Carmelle Wilkin­son

SPORT­ING, en­ter­tain­ment and din­ing venues across Can­ning have closed due to Covid-19.

Among the venues to close this week were Hoyts Cin­e­mas at both West­field Carousel and South­lands Boule­vard, the Bur­ren­dah Tav­ern in Wil­let­ton and River­ton Bar and Grill.

Other venues af­fected in­clude Bounce in Can­ning­ton, State Swim in Can­ning Vale, Crocs Play Cen­tre in Can­ning­ton and the Jun­gle Gym in Wil­let­ton.

It fol­lows an an­nounce­ment from Prime Min­is­ter Scott Mor­ri­son on Sun­day that de­clared all non-es­sen­tial busi­ness, in­clud­ing restau­rants, li­censed premises and places of wor­ship, must close.

In an email to par­ents, State Swim own­ers ex­pressed their dis­ap­point­ment over the de­ci­sion.

“Whilst it is im­por­tant to main­tain as much nor­mal­ity as pos­si­ble, par­tic­u­larly where chil­dren are in­volved, the health of the com­mu­nity has to be ev­ery­one’s top pri­or­ity,’’ it read. “It is with great dis­ap­point­ment and sad­ness that all State Swim Swim­ming School pro­grams will now be sus­pended.”

The City of Can­ning also an­nounced the clo­sure of sev­eral pub­lic ser­vices, in­clud­ing all li­braries, Can­ning River Eco Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre, and both Can­ning­ton and River­ton leisure­plexes.

“The City of Can­ning is closely fol­low­ing the di­rec­tives of State and Fed­eral gov­ern­ments to en­sure we are part of a co-or­di­nated ap­proach to re­duce the risk of Covid19 spread­ing,” Can­ning Mayor Pa­trick Hall said.

“Our li­braries and leisure­plexes are in­ves­ti­gat­ing how we can con­tinue to service our mem­bers dur­ing this time.

“For ex­am­ple, there is a range of online re­sources on of­fer from our li­braries and our Get Ac­tive Can­ning app has a range of health re­sources to en­cour­age peo­ple to stay ac­tive for their mental and phys­i­cal health dur­ing this time.

“If you aren’t man­dated to self-iso­late, try not to stay in­doors all the time for your own well­be­ing.

“Our parks and re­serves of­fer won­der­ful ways to get out in the open and stay healthy.”

Mr Hall also sug­gested sup­port­ing small busi­nesses in the com­mu­nity who were do­ing it tough at the mo­ment.

“Please spend it in Can­ning, but remember, al­ways keep your dis­tance from oth­ers, in line with govern­ment ad­vice,” he said.

The City of Can­ning has also an­nounced it is not ac­cept­ing cash pay­ments at any of its fa­cil­i­ties un­til fur­ther no­tice.

Card pay­ments are still avail­able and a num­ber of pay­ments can be made online at can­­on­line.

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