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Stay active in parks and outdoor spaces

Horticulturalist Adam with brightly coloured roses at the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens.

Our shire has plenty of open spaces close to home for you to get some essential exercise.

Tuesday 7 April 2020

Mount Alexander Shire Council is encouraging community members to stay active in open spaces close to home to get your daily dose of essential exercise.

Under Victoria’s Stage 3b restrictions on non-essential gatherings, there are only four reasons to leave home.

Residents can leave the house to get some exercise within the neighbourhood, as long as they follow the social distancing rules and public gathering requirements.

“Physical exercise is good for our health and mental wellbeing,” said Christine Henderson, Mayor, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“We’re all facing some extra stress at the moment. Getting out for a walk can do wonders for how we feel,” said Mayor Henderson.

“Good old-fashioned deep breathing exercises in the fresh air can be a great boost to our physical and mental health.

“We’re lucky to have many public open spaces to allow everyone to exercise safely close to home,” she said.

Sporting reserves and ovals are good places to visit for a gentle walk or run. They are not being used for organised sports at the moment.

Places like the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens and Maldon Gardens are lovely and are accessible to everyone.

Mayor Henderson reinforced the need to comply with restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

“It’s vital we all practice good hygiene and physical distancing. Don’t shake hands or exchange physical greetings and be sure to keep a distance of 1.5 metres between others.”

Don’t forget to take your own water bottle.

Under the current restrictions, gatherings of more than two people are not allowed unless you are with members of your household.

While parks and reserves remain open at this time, public playgrounds, skate parks and BMX parks are closed in response to the Stage 3 restrictions. Please do not enter.

Failure to comply with the restrictions on non-essential activity may result in on-the-spot fines and/or penalties. For more information call the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 or visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.

To stay up-to-date on Council services during the pandemic visit www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.

Image: The Castlemaine Botanical Gardens is a lovely place for some gentle exercise. Adam Philipson is one of the Horticulturalists at the heritage listed gardens.

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