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City of Sydney facilities reopen

Published 10 October 2021

The City of Sydney’s libraries, gyms and community centres begin to reopen from today as the NSW Government’s Covid-19 restrictions ease, with Neighbourhood Service Centres also reopening their doors and landmark venues available for hire.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said while the City was prioritising a cautious, safe re-opening, the community would greatly appreciate the return of much-loved facilities and services.

“The past 18 months have been incredibly challenging, isolated from family and friends and missing out on many of the things we love doing,” the Lord Mayor said. “We’re pleased to be opening up treasured community spaces as we cautiously set out on the road to recovery.”

“Restrictions are in place at all of our facilities in line with public health orders to keep everyone safe – including our residents, businesses, staff and visitors – as we navigate our way through this first stage of reopening. We ask for the public’s patience and cooperation as we reopen our doors.

“Whether it’s heading back to the gym, getting your hands on your next read, or reconnecting at a local community venue, we are looking forward to welcoming Sydneysiders once again, and to seeing the city spring back to life.”

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In line with NSW Government advice, visitors to our facilities aged 16 years and over must be fully vaccinated, unless medically exempt. Proof of vaccination or exemption is required for every visit.

Visitors over 12 years must wear a face mask at our indoor venues. Face masks can be removed when engaging in physical exercise except when participating in indoor gym, fitness or dance classes.

Capacity limits are in place at our facilities and QR code check-in is essential.

Please do not visit our facilities if you are unwell.

City of Sydney libraries at Surry Hills, Customs House, Darling Square, Glebe and Newtown open today. Our library link at Pyrmont Community Centre and library express at Town Hall House also open today.

Kings Cross Library will reopen tomorrow, Tuesday 12 October.

A grab and go service is running from Waterloo Library from today. Reserved books and DVDs and genre-based mystery bundles are available for quick pick-up.

Libraries at Green Square and Ultimo are currently being used as Covid-19 vaccination hubs.

Community centres
Nearly all our community centres reopen today.

Ultimo and Redfern community centres are currently being used as Covid-19 vaccination and testing clinics to support our community.

Programs will initially remain online and move back to face-to-face events as restrictions allow and demand increases.

Spaces at our community centres are once again available for hire.

Gyms and recreation centres
Gym equipment at KGV, Juanita Nielsen Community Centre and Pyrmont Community Centre is available for use from today. Bookings are required at Juanita Nielsen Community Centre.

Fitness sessions will continue online and gradually return to face-to-face classes.

Courts at KGV are open for casual play and can be booked from today. Community sports competitions are currently not permitted.

Courts at Perry Park Recreation Centre will be available for casual use and bookings from Monday 25 October.

Fitness centres at Cook + Phillip Park Pool, Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre and Victoria Park Pool open today. The fitness centre at Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre will reopen on Wednesday 13 October.

Prince Alfred Park Pool, Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool, Victoria Park Pool and the outdoor pool at Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre remain open for lap and recreational swimming and lane walking.

As a result of recent changes to the NSW Government public health order, from today, visitors and staff aged 16 and over must be vaccinated. Visitors 15 years and under are not required to be vaccinated.

Indoor pools will reopen for lap swimming, learn to swim programs, rehabilitation activities and squads from Monday 18 October.

Customer and neighbourhood service centres
Many of our customer and neighbourhood service centres reopen today.

The centre at Kings Cross will open on Tuesday 12 October and Green Square is currently being used as a Covid-19 vaccination hub.

Bookings are recommended for face-to-face visits and can be made online.

Major venues, outdoor spaces and community venues are available for hire. Bookings can be made from today by calling 02 9265 9333.

Capacity limits are in place at our facilities. Proof of vaccination or exemption and QR code check-in is essential for people attending events at our indoor venues.

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Some of our facilities continue to be used as Covid-19 vaccination and testing clinics. Please contact Customer Service to find out more 02 9265 9333.

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For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore contact Trisha Croaker. Phone 0418 397 462 or email