Headed by the long-awaited reopening of the Ulladulla Sea Pool a sense of normality is returning to the region.
Shoalhaven City Council recently reopened the sea pool, following the NSW Government's recent initial easing of COVID-19 restrictions.
The Ulladulla Sea Pool is open from 7am to 5.30pm, Wednesday to Monday and is closed for cleaning on Tuesday.
However, COVID-19 rules apply to the pool's usage and they need to be followed.
Pool users are reminded when using the pool there can only be 10 people in the pool and outdoor area at any one time and social distancing needs to be implemented and adhered to in and out of the water.
To help reduce possible infection and transmission if the pool is already at capacity swimmers are asked to wait or try again later in the day,
Meanwhile, council as of Friday May 15, reopened outdoor public swimming pools, outdoor play equipment, outdoor gymnasium equipment, parks and skate parks across the Shoalhaven.
This is the first stage on the road map to COVID-19 recovery, but council reminds the community not become complacent.
According to council, people in the Shoalhaven must be mindful that gathering and movement restrictions still apply in outdoor areas, persons may participate in gatherings of up to 10 people in public places.
To help reduce possible infection and transmission of the virus, if the park appears to be over capacity, look for an alternative way for children to play or visit another play area is council's advice.
The community is reminded that penalties do apply for Public Health Act breaches, with a maximum penalty of imprisonment for six months or a fine of up to $11,000 (or both) plus a further $5,500 fine each day the offence continues.
Restrictions around regional holidays and other activities remain in place.
Open Spaces and Skate Parks
Outdoor play and exercise equipment will be gradually unwrapped and reopened to the community, allowing further exercise outlets for the community.
Council thanks everyone for understanding that the easing of restrictions and the removal of signage will take time.
When visiting public playgrounds and spaces in the Shoalhaven, residents are reminded to follow NSW Health social distance guidelines of 1.5 metres and remember the public gathering rule of no more than 10 still applies.
NSW Health's advice is that when using outdoor exercise and playground equipment you should do so with caution by - washing your hands before and after you use this equipment.
Maintaining the practise of good personal hygiene by washing your hands and sanitising protects yourself and other community members, assuming the person who has used the equipment before you has the virus.
Council's bereavement services will be able to accommodate indoor funerals of up to 20 mourners and up to 30 mourners attending outdoor funerals.
The 1.5 metre social distancing guide will be adhered to for both indoor and outdoor services.
Bereavement Services will also continue to offer a private recording of the service, which can be shared with family and friends who could not attend the service due to the restrictions.
Please refer to https://shoalhavenssf.com.au/ for up to date information.
All other facilities remain closed, please see council's website for all closures.
For any non-health questions about COVID-19 please contact the Service NSW COVID-19 hotline on 13 77 88.