COVID-19

**UPDATE**BLUEWATER TEMPORARILY CLOSED IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 SITUATION IN COLAC 

In response to the COVID-19 situation in Colac, Colac Otway Shire will temporarily close Bluewater from close of business today, Monday 20 July 2020.

The temporary closure of the Bluewater complex to the public will include the gymnasium, pool, stadium and childcare.

The decision of the closure will be reviewed regularly. 

As further information and updates come avaialble they will be advised on the Bluewater website. 

 


 

 

 

Bluewater Leisure Centre is now open with a number of measures in place to ensure safety and compliance with current Victorian Government COVID restrictions.

Current restrictions allow a maximum of 20 patrons (total) to have use of the swimming pool and gym facilities with a booking system to be in place to ensure the maximum is not exceeded.

While the current COVID restrictions are in place, there are some changes to operations at the Centre, and we ask the community to be aware of the limitations we need to ask of users of the facility to maintain the highest level of safety for patrons and staff.

We would like to thank our Bluewater members, and users of the facility for their continued support and patience while we have been closed. We also ask for your understanding and flexibility as these changes will be new to our Bluewater team too.

Changes to Bluewater operations

To view the changes to operations for each area, visit the pages below:

Aquatics

Gym

Childcare

Memberships & Pricing

Terms and Conditions

Frequently Asked Questions 

To assist members and users with enquiries a Frequently Asked Questions can be viewed here: Frequently Asked Questions(PDF, 491KB)

Additional Safety Measures

A number of measures have been taken at Bluewater Leisure Centre to maintain the highest level of safety from patrons and staff. These include:

  • Hand sanitising stations at entrances/exits
  • Additional professional cleaning
  • Sterilisation and cleaning of surfaces between swimming sessions
  • Barriers and signage
  • Social distancing floor guides and waiting areas
  • Perspex shields for customer service
  • Mandatory recording of patron details

We ask that all patrons obey the directions of staff and respect social distancing practices where possible. Most importantly, if you are unwell please stay at home.

Customer Service

Customer Service at Bluewater remains temporarily closed to the public until further notice to maintain the health and wellbeing of our staff and customers.

Bluewater staff will continue to assist you duirng openeing via the following means:

  • Phone: 5232 9551
  • Email: bluewater@colacotway.vic.gov.au 

To assist members and users with enquiries a Frequently Asked Questions can be viewed here: Frequently Asked Questions

Bluewater Memberships

As use of the swimming facilities remains limited under the COVID restrictions, Council will offer free entry to the pool and gym to Bluewater members for the month of June 2020.

All Bluewater memberships will continue to be suspended at no cost to members until the centre can reduce patron restrictions. 

 That means that any members who pay by direct debit will have their fortnightly payments suspended whilst members who have paid upfront will have their membership expiry extended to compensate for the membership suspension period.

 This process of compensation is automatic - members will not be required to complete any additional forms or make further enquiries.

Feedback 

We are interested to learn of the impact of changes to Bluewater operations from our users and members and encourage patrons to add their feedback to the ‘suggestion box’ at the centre during your session time or complete a short survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SF5MSXS

Additional information

To assist you in finding the latest information regarding the changing situation, please visit the websites below:   

 We will continue to monitor advice from the Department of Health and Human Services and provide updates to members as required. If you have any questions, please speak to our staff and I thank you for your understanding and ongoing support.

Coronavirus Information 

For the latest information from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on the novel coronavirus please visit their website https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/novelcoronavirus

The Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Victoria. It is important to remain aware of the signs and symptoms and be vigilant to ensure that the virus does not spread. Practicing good hand hygiene and respiratory hygiene will greatly assist in preventing and spreading of the disease.

Please read the following information, based on information provided by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Australian Government Department of Health.

COVIDSafe App

Patrons are strongly encouraged to download the COVIDSafe app so in the event there is a confirmed case, it will assist health professionals to speed up the current manual process of finding people who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19. This means you’ll be contacted more quickly if you are at risk. This reduces the chances of you passing on the virus to your family, friends and other people in the community.

For more information visit www.covidsafe.gov.au

Symptoms of COVID

Many people who contract COVID–19 will suffer only mild symptoms. However early indications are that the elderly and people with pre-existing medical conditions are more at risk of experiencing severe symptoms. 

The most common symptoms reported include:

  • Fever
  • Breathing difficulties such as breathlessness
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue or tiredness

What can I do to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus?

The following 10 steps are simple preventative measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Wash hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. Dry with paper towel or hand dryer.
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
  • Isolate yourself at home if you feel sick. If you take medication ensure you have adequate supplies.
  • Phone your GP first if you need medical attention. They will tell you what to do.
  • Continue healthy habits: exercise, drink water, get plenty of sleep, and now is the time to quit smoking. Call the Quitline 137 848.
  • Don't wear a face mask if you are well.
  • Buy an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with over 60 per cent alcohol.
  • Get the flu shot (available April).
  • Shaking hands is optional!

 

What should I do if I suspect I have the novel coronavirus?

This virus can cause an infection in people, including a severe respiratory illness. Symptoms include fever with a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath. Cases of this coronavirus have now been reported in some other Chinese provinces and several other countries.

Call the Department of Health and Human Service’s dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398 if you develop these symptoms. This hotline is serviced by Nurse-on-Call.

Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.

Ten ways to reduce your risk of coronavirus.pdf(PDF, 638KB)