Latrobe City Council wishes to advise Latrobe Leisure members, patrons and the community of the negative test result.
The Leisure Centre team member, who has been awaiting results for COVID-19, has this afternoon advised that they have tested negative.
The Latrobe Leisure Centre team member, who recently returned from an overseas holiday in the United Kingdom, was tested on Sunday for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) following displaying flu like symptoms.
As a precautionary measure Latrobe City closed the Moe-Newborough facility. Thorough cleaning of the facility, by an external cleaning contractor, was completed on Monday.
Support has been provided to both the individual, who has been in self-isolation as they awaited the outcome of testing, along with all team members at the facility.
The demand on health services and pathology testing has resulted in a four day wait time.
We understand that this has been met with both frustration and a period of anxiousness for those who attended the Moe-Newborough Leisure Centre. While we acknowledge this, we can never fully understand the weight of uncertainty being felt by the team member involved and their family.
We commend our team member for speaking up and taking precautionary measures to isolate and undertake testing in what are challenging times.
As a result of the negative test the facility will resume operation at 6 am tomorrow, Friday 20 March 2020, with the exception of Group Fitness Classes and Learn to Swim.
Service delivery update
Latrobe City Council is following the daily advice of the Chief Health Officer. This advice along with the advice from Federal and State governments continues to evolve, the pace of changes and information flow is quite remarkable.
Due to this we have created a designated section on our website to enable clear information flow with the community regarding our services and any changes that may occur to our service delivery - www.latrobe.vic.gov.au/COVID19
Yesterday the Prime Minister announced further restrictions in relation to Mass Gatherings and provided updated guidance regarding social distancing.
In response to the updated direction from the State Government regarding Mass Gatherings and the Australian Government’s guidelines regarding social distancing we are making the following changes.
Learn to Swim program
The Learn to Swim program will be placed on hold from Saturday 21 March, resuming Tuesday 14 April.
This change is in-line with the latest advice from the Australian and Victorian Governments on the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 by enforcing social distancing.
Social distancing includes ways to stop or slow the spread of infectious diseases. It means less contact between you and other people. Due to the nature of the Learn to Swim program and classes, we are unable to meet the required 1.5 metre distance to comply with social distancing.
Members will have their direct debits frozen this month, a credit will occur for any monies paid in advance for days closed.
Indoor Group Fitness
Restrictions on the number of participants in Group Fitness classes will become effective as of Saturday 21 March 2020.
Classes will be capped at 10 participants, with the exception of Life Fit which will be relocated into the stadium to allow for a greater number of participants and compliance with social distancing.
Participants will need to secure their place in the class by pre booking. This can be done by phoning the facility directly. A list of contact numbers can be found at - www.latrobe.vic.gov.au/leisure
Group Fitness Times
Classes will continue to run to the current schedule, with the exception of Morwell Aqua Fit.
A number of Morwell Aqua Fit Classes will now be scheduled as a 30 minute class to allow participation by more members and patrons. Classes will be restricted to 20 participants.
A 10 person class limit is now applicable for Salti Churchill with pre booking still required.
We have received questions regarding patrons bringing their own mat to class. You are welcome to do so if you prefer, but please understand we are sanitising all equipment following each use to ensure your health and safety.
Latrobe City Council assures all Latrobe Leisure facilities are kept safe and well maintained and that current precautionary measures will continue to be enacted during this time. This will include changes to our timetabled group fitness program to ensure compliance with social distancing expectations.
We continue to place the needs of our community front and centre of decisions that we make, ensuring we have the best strategies and plans in place to support our community and our many employees.
We remain committed to providing regular updates to our members and patrons and will communicate any
changes as they come to hand. Please check our social media platforms and website for further updates on how Latrobe City is supporting you.
We thank you, our members and patrons for your understanding during this period.