The City of Armadale will undertake a cautious and staged approach to re-opening its facilities. At this time, the Armadale Aquatic and Fitness Centre (AFAC), which includes pool facilities and fitness classes will remain closed.
“We have over 5,000 AFAC members and pride ourselves on providing quality gym and aquatic experiences, we don’t want to compromise on the high standards we hold. Offering limited services to 20 people will make it impossible to ensure everyone has equitable and practical access. Consideration has also been given to the use of rate payer funds, given the cost involved in ensuring the facility is staffed for limited patrons,” said Mayor Ruth Butterfield.
“We appreciate everyone is keen to resume as much of ‘normal life’ as possible, but ask for patience as we get our facilities back up and running where it is safe, responsible and practical to do so. We are looking forward to reopening to the community better than before. There is no 'one size fits all' solution as each facility varies and decisions need to be made with this in mind.”
Since closing, the AFAC facility has used the time to reconfigure the gym, opening up an additional 100 square metres of space on the gym floor for functional training. Other improvements include – construction of a new carpark (providing over 100 additional car bays), a new and improved Swim School hub, and new member lounge area with bench and booth seating.
The City’s library staff at Armadale, Seville Grove and Kelmscott are working hard behind the scenes to ensure readiness for welcoming community members back through the doors, with staged openings for each library expected to commence from the 25th May. It is possible that Seville Grove and Kelmscott may open even earlier than that so keep an eye on the City’s website for updates.
“Our libraries are important social hubs for our community. We are finalising our COVID Safe Plan for all three libraries which will include how we manage patron limits fairly. Library areas are easier to manage. Our staged approach to reopening will allow us to review how our processes will work. The Armadale Library will be the last to open as we are applying the finishing touches to refurbishments.”
Public toilets have been opened, while hand sanitizer dispensers and new cleaning procedures have been implemented at all City facilities. Perspex ‘Sneeze Guards’ in customer facing areas will also be installed in preparation for re-opening. Virtual services will continue to be provided for the foreseeable future.
This City will reassess its position on other buildings when the next step in the State Government’s roadmap is released and a COVID Safe Plan will be finalised prior to opening any facilities.
From day one, the City has committed to ensuring the safety, health and wellbeing of staff and the community.
“You have my commitment that we will continue to do what’s in the best interests of our community.”