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COVID-19 - Disruption to Council services

The following services have already been disrupted as a result of the current advice from the Federal and State Governments

If you have any questions in regards to Council services, contact us on +61 2 6226 1477.

For the latest news and updates related to COVID-19 please read more in our dedicated news page.

Service Status Notes

Playgrounds are reopen for community use. We remind you that you must follow the regulations and advice from the NSW Government including the need to maintain physical distancing and good hygiene practices. The NSW Government also advises that you should wash your hands before and after using outdoor equipment. 

Yass Library

Reopening - Stage 4

We will be commencing Stage 4 of our reopening from Monday, 31 August.

  • The Library is open Monday to Friday 10am - 5pm.
  • No groups or meetings permitted.
  • Signing in is encouraged upon entry.
  • Please bring your library card with you.
  • Click and Collect will still be in operation.
  • There is limited access to public computers and bookings are essential.
  • Some programs are back up and running.
  • Sanitise hands upon entering and leaving the library.
  • Practice good hygiene and maintain social distancing.

For more information:

Yass Caravan Park

Approval has been given for the Yass Caravan Park to open in accordance with the Public Health Order Number 13, issued on 29 May 2020. The COVID-19 Plan has been reviewed and approved. Bookings are now being accepted.

Animal Shelter

CLOSED to surrenders. Ranger services continue.

Customer Service

Customer Service at the Council Administration Building reopened on Monday, 1 June 2020.

The following measures will be in place to ensure the safety of our community members and Council staff:

  • Installation of perspex screens.
  • EFTPOS is the preferred method of payment.
  • Hand sanitising stations at the entrance to the building. Please use these upon entering and leaving the premises.
  • Slightly reduced face-to-face hours from 9am to 4.30pm to allow for increased daily cleaning (still contactable via phone and email from 9am - 5pm).
Community Centres/Halls

Council managed Community Halls and centres are now available for hire and can occupy one person per 4 square metres per premises.

This includes the following:

  • Yass Memorial Hall Main Hall - 49 people
  • Kitchen annex only - 20 people
  •  Murrumbateman Recreation Grounds Community Hall
  • Yass Community Centre
  • Sutton Hall

To hire any of the above halls or centres, a COVID-19 plan must be prepared and presented to Customer Service via email or in person at Council’s Administration Building, 209 Comur Street Yass, before booking. A template for a COVID-19 Plan can be found here 

Yass Dog Park

Reopen for community use from Friday, 15 May. Maximum ten people at a time.


From 12:01am Friday, 24 July 2020 the following rules will be in force as NSW enters a state of ‘COVID normal’. 

Funerals and places of worship will be limited to 100 people, subject to the one person per four square metre rule and a COVID-Safe business registration.

Joe O'Connor Park RV and Camping Ground

RV and Camping Ground at Joe O'Connor Park is open to self contained RVS or caravans only. Amenities are not available. Ground is open but social distancing rules apply. 


Reopen to the community from Friday, 15 May. 

Public Toilets
All public toilets are reopen across the Yass Valley from Monday, 18 May.

The COVID-19 health pandemic has seen the NSW Government introduce Public Health Orders across the State in an effort to limit the risk of community transmission of the virus. The orders require the implementation of a COVID-19 Safety Plan as prescribed by NSW Health. 
Within Council’s COVID-19 Safety Plan, the following measures will be enacted: Physical distancing to be observed within the facilities.

  • Physical distancing to be observed within the facilities.
  • Total numbers permitted entry in the swimming pool complex will be limited to 226 at Yass Pool and 70 at Binalong Pool.
  • Attendance at all swimming carnivals at the Yass Swimming Pool complex will be limited to 300 people (including swimmers, spectators and officials).
  • Swim classes to have no more than 20 participants, plus instructor, per class.
  • Swim class participants must maintain 1.5 metre physical distance.
  • The change rooms and shower facilities be generally closed except for school groups on a case-by-case basis and for use by disabled patrons.
  • Patrons are encouraged to arrive at the pools ‘swim ready.’
  • Toilets will remain open.
  • Food and drinks at the canteen will be restricted to pre-packaged hot foods, ice creams, sweets and drinks.
  • From Monday, 23 November, it is mandatory to use QR codes to enter public swimming pools.

For more: 

Yass Valley Information Centre (VIC)

Reopen from Monday, 1 June 2020.

The following measures will be in place: 

  • Installation of perspex screens.
  • Only EFTPOS accepted.
  • Hand sanistising stations at the entrance - please use upon entering.
  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 9.30am to 4.30pm; Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm.
Council Meetings

Public can watch the live streaming on YouTube rather than attend. The Council Chambers only has a capacity for 14 people and this cannot be exceeded under current health guidelines. Alternate dial in arrangements can be organised for those residents that are registered to address Councillors in the Open Forum.

Sewer Services

Operating as usual.

Water services

Operating as normal.

Waste and Recycling (Kerbside) Collection

Existing collection schedule in place.

Murrumbateman Library

Return chute still operating for returns.

Mobile Libraries

Not operating until further notice.

Building Inspections

• Council is carrying out inspection for Final Occupation Certificates and Building Information Certificate inspections. We are requesting that the building be empty at the time of the inspection.
• All other inspections will be carried out on the provision that people are either not present or keep the required 2 metre social distancing.
• No face-to-face planning enquiries or meetings.

Public health and safety inspections

Routine health inspections have been cancelled. High risk/urgent inspections can be conducted on an as needs basis. On-site Sewer Management inspections have been deferred unless very high risk (major spillage/etc). Advisory/support role continues for businesses.

Transfer Stations

Open but NO CASH PAYMENTS. EFTPOS facilities are now available at all Transfer Stations.

Debtor accounts will be organised if payments cannot be made by card. Additionally:

  • People are asked to remain in their cars until directed otherwise by staff.
  • EFTPOS machine will be made accessible while you remain in your vehicle.
  • Social distancing guidelines should be exercised at all times.

Waste Transfer Station trading hours can be found here

2020 Council Elections

The NSW Government has made the decision to postpone the September 2020 local government elections in the face of the COVID-19 crisis until September 2021. Current Councillors will continue to hold their civic offices until the rescheduled local government elections are held.

Development Applications

To lodge a Development Application or submit documentation, please email, mail, or use the mail slot in the front door of the Customer Service building. NO FACE TO FACE INTERACTIONS.

Outdoor exercise equipment

Outdoor gyms are reopen for community use. We remind you that you must follow the regulations and advice from the NSW Government including the need to maintain physical distancing and good hygiene practices. The NSW Government also advises that you should wash your hands before and after using outdoor equipment. 

Playing fields

A new Public Order was signed on 30 June 2020 removing the limit of 20 people per field for on sporting grounds in NSW.

The following now applies:

Community sporting activities

  • Where the activities involve more than 20 participants, the organiser must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan.
  • Participants include players, people who are training, officials and spectators.
  • The maximum number of participants at a community sporting activity must not exceed 500 partipants.
  • Social distancing and good personal hygiene measures still apply.

See HERE for more information about what you can and can't do under the rules.

For the latest news and updates related to COVID-19 please read more in our dedicated news page.

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