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COVID-19 closure: Libraries, museum and markets shut

As part of Fairfield Council's ongoing effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the city's libraries and Fairfield City Museum and Gallery are now closed.

Council has also suspended its City Connect Bus services, while the Fairfield Markets and Pickers Bazaar at Fairfield Showground have also temporarily closed. Market vendors are being informed of the decision.

On Monday it was announced playgrounds, outdoor gyms and skate parks will also close. Parks will remain open for walkers, joggers and cyclists.

The decision to close the libraries also includes the Home Library Service. If you have a book and cannot return it, you will not be charged any late fees.

Library members can still access the free digital collection and can borrow and download up to 30 books for three weeks, unlimited e-newspapers, e-magazines and e-comics and watch up to 10 movies a month.

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone said council is putting the "health and safety" of the community first.

"As a council we want to provide opportunities for the community to stay connected, engaged and healthy. It is important that in this difficult time that we continue to take care of ourselves and participate in activities that exercise the mind and body," he said.

"Council has worked hard in recent years to greatly expand and improve the digital offerings available from our libraries, meaning there are plenty of things you can access and enjoy from the comfort of your own home.

"Library membership is completely free for Fairfield City residents, and you can join online."

Mr Carbone encouraged residents to support their local businesses where possible

"I know the Fairfield Markets are a popular and important part of the lives of many Fairfield City residents, but the risk is simply too great to let them continue at this time," he said.

"There are many local businesses that are still providing household necessities and other goods in-store, online, and through takeaway and delivery."

Mr Carbone said the risk to passengers, staff and the broader community is "just too great" when suspending the City Connect Bus services

"Due to the size of the bus and the reduced number of passengers we can take to meet social distancing rules, we have had to cancel the service," he said.

"State Government-run bus services continue to operate.

"I encourage everyone, wherever possible, to say at home. However, if you know someone - a family member, neighbour or friend - who needs assistance in getting household essentials, please reach out and help in any way you can. Together we will get through this."