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Additional Orange City Council services re-open following new COVID-19 restriction changes

Orange City Council has responded to the latest decisions from government and health authorities re-opening some services.

Orange City Council’s CEO David Waddell said the latest decisions have permitted the re-opening of the Visitor’s Information Centre, Orange Regional Museum, and Orange City Library.

“Orange City Council is pleased to continue to follow the Government’s lead as we see more restrictions ease. This day has been long-awaited for many, especially the staff of the Visitors’ Information Centre, Museum and Library,” David Waddel said.

OPEN: Staff members at the Orange City Library, librarians Julie Sykes and Sean Brady, are pleased to have the doors open again.

“We have put a number of social distancing measures in place to ensure the health and safety of patrons to each at our services that we have now re-opened.

“Staff at the Visitors’ Information Centre have had an increasing number of enquiries both on the phone and online, and to stay in line with government recommendations, the VIC will now offer a face-to-face concierge service to comply with safe social distancing guidelines. It won’t be possible for patrons to browse.

“To stay in line with government guidelines, Orange City Library’s hours will be limited to 10am-6pm during the week, Saturday 10am-4pm and 1pm-5pm on Sunday’s. Visitor numbers at the Library will be limited to 100 people. People must adhere to social distancing regulations (including staff) and can only stay for a maximum time of 30 minutes. Members can only return items and borrow using the self-check units. All other services are currently unavailable including public PCs, photocopying, newspaper reading, study and research. Events such as ‘Storytime’ and ‘Music for Little Ears,’ are available online until it is safe for them to return to the library.

“There is a limit of 80 visitors at a time at the Orange Regional Museum, operating from 9am-4pm daily. The Museum has two new exhibitions on display, so those wishing to visit the Museum can book a time slot online or on site.

“The Orange Regional Gallery remains closed due to planned renovations.

“All Council services that have re-opened today will follow strict COVIDSafe plans and enforce strict social distancing measures. We ask that all visitors please wash their hands both before and after visiting Council facilities, and use the hand sanitiser provided.”

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