Leisure and sporting facilities including pools have begun reopening across Macedon Ranges Shire.

LEISURE and sporting facilities have reopened across Macedon Ranges Shire as of yesterday as Macedon begins its first steps to ‘normal’.

Aquatic centres, indoor gyms, most libraries, Hanging Rock Reserve, playgrounds, outdoor gyms, sports grounds, parks and most public toilets in the shire have reopened.

Government guidelines and restrictions will be in place, including the number of people allowed inside centres at one time; residents and visitors asked to practise good hygiene and social distancing; and people asked to stay away from centres if they are feeling unwell.

Residents living in lockdown areas, including Mitchell Shire, will not be allowed to enter facilities.

Facilities yet to open include council service centres, some public toilets, community halls and sporting pavilions.

Businesses in the shire will be allowed to stay open as long as they comply with government regulations.

Macedon Ranges Shire Council chief executive Margot Stork said council had taken a measured and careful approach to reopening facilities.

“We will continue to reopen facilities in line with government advice and when we consider it is safe to do so and appropriate modifications are in place,” she said.

“As we all know, businesses have been doing it hard during the pandemic. We encourage local people to support them wherever they can at this time, when visitors from the metropolitan area are unable to enter the shire due to the current lockdown in Melbourne.”

For updates on the reopening of services and any changes to rules, residents can visit mrsc.vic.gov.au/coronavirus or call 5422 0333.