COVID-19 information

We are monitoring the latest outbreak in Sydney's Northern Beaches area.

Our parks and facilities are still open. Our Summer Action Plan remains at level 1: Normal Operations.

Northern Beaches outbreak

If you have visited the Northern Beaches Local Government Area or the Penrith Local Government Area in the past two weeks and have any symptoms, you should get tested as soon as possible.

Please monitor the NSW Government's COVID-19 page for news and updates.

Summer Action Plan

Our COVID-19 Summer Action Plan encourages you to enjoy our open spaces in a COVID-safe way.

You can download the Summer Action Plan here (PDF 1.67MB).

We are currently at Stage 1: Normal operations.

This means our parks and beaches are open for public use, with the following additional measures:

  • public announcements to encourage physical distancing, using a range of media platforms
  • education material to raise awareness within the community
  • focussed media campaign
  • Local Emergency Mangaement Officer to observe and request additional police presence and patrols as required
  • addtional Council rangers and Council staff on high traffic days such as public holidays, school holidays and weekends where the temperature will be above 30C
  • CCTV to monitor physical distancing compliance.

Summer at the Foreshore

Our Summer at the Foreshore Program outlines the steps we are taking to help reduce our environmental footprint, preserve our beautiful marine life and beaches, and maintain safe and enjoyable community spaces for residents and visitors alike.

You can download the Summer at the Foreshore Program (PDF 1.51 MB).

The steps we are taking include:

  • smoke free zones at Brighton Le Sands and Dolls Point
  • a waste campaign, encouraging behaviour that keeps the foreshore clean
  • extra rubbish bins, litter collections and beach cleans
  • new designated no-go zones for personal water craft and jet skis
  • timed parking, with three hour limits to give everyone an opportunity to visit the foreshore.

Summer Rangers, Police Patrols and Foreshore Ambassadors will be on hand to encourage everyone to act responsibly.

Reporting breaches

You can report breaches of the Public Health Orders to Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online.

Changes to our services, facilities and events

Our services

Green Operating normally

Yellow Service operating, with some changes

Red Not operating

Service Status Comments

Rockdale Customer Service Centre

Green

Open 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 1pm Saturday

Eastgardens Customer Service Centre

Green

Open 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 1pm Saturday

Customer Call Centre

Green

  • call 1300 581 299 from Monday to Friday between 8:30am to 4:30pm.
  • if you call outside of this time you will be put through to our after-hours service.

Waste Collections

Green

Operating as normal. Find your collection date

Council Clean Up

Green

Operating as normal. Find your collection date

Libraries

Yellow

 

The following restrictions apply:

  • Normal library programs suspended until 2021
  • No newspapers or magazines. Some are available to library members online
  • PCs, photocopying and printing is available
  • Study rooms available. Bookings required. Capacity is in accordance with COVID-19 requirements
  • Physical distancing and strict hygiene is required upon entry. Registration for contact tracing required upon entry

Library online services

Green

Access educational and library resources including e-books, audio and film

Engineering and related applications

Green

You can lodge an application at the Eastgardens and Rockdale Customer Service Centres from 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday and from 9am to 1pm Saturdays.

Applications are assessed as normal.

Development Advisory Service

Green

8:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday at the Eastgardens and Rockdale Customer Service Centres

Bayside Garden Centre

Green

Operating as normal - 41 Beach Street, Kogarah - (02) 9553 7346

Council Meetings

Yellow

Meetings are held in the Rockdale Town Hall Auditorium and by audio-visual link. You can watch our meetings live on our Facebook page.

Find out more about our meetings, including minutes, agendas and requests to speak.

Local Planning Panel Meetings

Yellow

Meetings are held by audio-visual link. You can watch our meetings live on our Facebook page.

Find out more about our meetings, including minutes, agendas and requests to speak.

Our facilities

Green Open

Yellow Some restrictions apply

Red Closed

Service Status Comments

Angelo Anestis Aquatic Centre

Yellow

Contact the operator BlueFit for further information. COVID-19 restrictions apply.

Botany Aquatic Centre

Yellow

 

Open with COVID-19 restrictions in place:

  • Open from 10am daily for recreational use from Tuesday 1 December 2020. Lap swimming as normal business hours
  • Pool numbers will be capped at 200 patrons in the facility. No bookings required but once this number is reached there will be no more people allowed to enter until others have left. First in, best dressed scenario.
  • Toddlers Pool will have a maximum number of 20 patrons using at one time
  • Training Pool will have a maximum number of 40 patrons using at one time
  • Main pool will have two (2) lanes allocated to recreational use (max 60 patrons at any one time)
  • Main pool will have six (6) lanes for lap swimming (max 7 swimmers per lane)
  • Grass area will be open to be used for sitting as long as physical distancing guidelines are maintained
  • No;
    • parties
    • BBQs
    • ball games
    • boogie boards and/or inflatables
    • running around
  • Cashless Eftpos only, Visa, MasterCard
  • Patrons to download Service NSW App to sign in using QR Code

Mutch Park squash centre

Red

Holiday closure period: Closed from Monday 14 December 2020 to Friday 15 January 2021

Reopening from Saturday 16 January 2021

Please be advised that the facility will not be open on Public Holidays moving forward.

Tennis Courts

Green

Tennis courts are open with the following restrictions:

  • users must maintain physical distancing and personal hygiene
  • courts are to be booked as per standard procedures, fees & charges apply.

All use of Council's recreation facilities is done so at the risk of the user.

Community centres, senior citizen centres, halls and meeting rooms

Yellow

Please contact the Sport and Recreation Team directly for further information on sport.recreation@bayside.nsw.gov.au or 1300 581 299

All use of Council's community facilities is done so at the risk of the user.

Sportsfields

Yellow

These are open with conditions, including limited numbers.

Please contact the Sport and Recreation Team directly for further information on sport.recreation@bayside.nsw.gov.au or 1300 581 299.

All use of Council's recreational facilities is done so at the risk of the user.

Playgrounds and skateparks

Yellow

These are open, however you must adhere to physical distancing guidelines and public health orders. Please:

  • no more than 30 people can gather outside in a public place
  • the maximum of 30 people does not apply to a group of people who are all from the same household
  • the Public Health Order encourages physical distancing (keeping 1.5m away from people you don’t live with)

It's safest to act as though the people who used the equipment before you have the virus. All use of Council's recreation facilities is done so at the risk of the user.

Botany Golf Course and Pro Shop

Green

The Pro Shop is open at 7am, 7 days a week, for patrons to pay 'n' play on the course.

You must comply with COVID-19 operating procedures. All use of Council's recreation facilities is done so at the risk of the user.

For more information on COVID-19 impacts and restrictions, contact the Pro Shop on (02) 9316 4930

Personal training and outdoor exercise training

Yellow

Personal trainers and outdoor exercise group training operators must:

  • comply with the current Public Health Order
  • groups must not exceed 15 participants
  • comply with COVID-19 guidelines endorsed by Fitness Australia
  • develop and implement a COVID-19 Safety plan
  • facilitate necessary hygiene practices, this may include providing hand sanitizer
  • undertake additional cleaning of equipment
  • provide relevant and endorsed public health information to participants
  • respect other facility users and their social distancing requirements
  • all operators must apply for a permit to run sessions

All use of Council's recreational facilities is done so at the risk of the user.

Organised sports

(clubs, associations and commercial operators)

Yellow

Operators must:

  • comply with the current Public Health Order
  • act within the conditions of their Council-issued 2020 permit
  • comply with the National Cabinet's Framework for rebooting sport in a COVID-19 environment
  • comply with COVID-19 guidelines specific to your sport or activity as issued by peak bodies and leading associations
  • develop and implement a COVID-19 Safety Plan
  • facilitate necessary hygiene practices. This may include providing hand sanitizer
  • provide relevant and endorsed health information to participants
  • undertake additional cleaning of equipment.

Please contact the Sport and Recreation Team directly for further information on sport.recreation@bayside.nsw.gov.au or 1300 581 299.

All use of Council's recreation facilities is done so at the risk of the user.

Events

Green Going ahead

Yellow Postponed

Red Cancelled

Service Status Comments

All Bayside 2020 Christmas and New Year events

Red Cancelled until further notice

All Bayside Library public events, activities and programs

Red

Cancelled until further notice. See Bayside Library's Facebook page for online programs

Bushcare Groups

Green

Restarted with COVID-19 restrictions in place

Youth Drop In sessions at Eastlakes, Hillsdale and Pagewood

Yellow

Youth Drop In Sessions return;

Eastlakes Youth Drop In on Tuesdays 4pm to 7pm

Mutch Park Skate Park Youth Outreach on Thursdays 5pm to 7pm

Hillsdale Youth Drop In on Fridays 4pm to 7pm  

Please call our Youth Worker Yasemin on 0447 116 805 or email Yasemin for more information or support

Child Restraint Check Day

Green

Resumed using a limited voucher scheme for Bayside residents only

Citizenship Ceremony

Green

Citizenship Ceremonies have recommenced. Please contact the Department of Home Affairs directly on 131 881 for any queries about your Citizenship

Beaches

All of our beaches are open for swimming and recreation.

You must adhere to the Public Health Order by staying 1.5m apart and only gathering outdoors in areas that allow 4m2 per person. Our staff and rangers will monitor the number of people on the sand to ensure we are managing beach capacity. We will monitor in person and with our CCTV. 

If it gets too busy on the beach we may need to limit access or, as a last resort, temporarily close.

If we need to limit access or close the beach we will publish the details on our website, on social media and work with Transport for NSW to share information on public transport.

Parks

All of our parks are open.

No more than 30 people can gather outside in a public place  

The maximum of 30 people does not apply to a group of people who are all from the same household

The Public Health Order encourages physical distancing (keeping 1.5m away from people you don’t live with)

Our staff and rangers will monitor the number of people in our parks.

Need to contact us?

Call 1300 581 299 (weekdays 8:30am-4pm and Saturday 9am-1pm) or email council@bayside.nsw.gov.au