By Melissa Grant
Parks that were closed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 are beginning to reopen.
Following the Victorian government’s announcement to slightly ease coronavirus restrictions, some parks in Casey and Cardinia are again allowing visitors.
However, playgrounds, BBQs and outdoor gym equipment remain off-limits.
Visitors to the reopened parks also must follow social distancing requirements. This means they must maintain a distance of 1.5m from other people at all times, and only groups of 10 or less people are permitted.
These are the parks that are reopening in Casey and Cardinia:
Emerald Lake Park
The stunning park on Emerald Lake Road reopened on 13 May. You can go or a stroll provided social distancing requirements are maintained. The park is also taking bookings for outdoor weddings, funerals and gatheringthat meet state government guidelines. However, The Model Railway, Lakeside Paddleboats and the ELP Café remain closed until further notice.
The popular fitness destination will reopen as a one-way track only, with directional signage, from Saturday 16 May.
Visitors must stay on the tracks and follow directional signage. Also, council is reminding residents that dogs are never allowed within the reserve.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne
Walkers can once again visit these stunning grounds. However, some of the narrow garden paths are now one way, so visitors are advised to follow signage and maintain a safe distance from others. There are no tours or events taking place. The cafe, kiosk, Gardens Shop and playgrounds also remain off-limits. The Gardens are open daily from 9am-5pm.
Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick
This popular park is set to reopen from Thursday 21 May. You can walk the dog, enjoy a family picnic or do some exercise at the park. Visitors are urged to follow social distancing guidelines and bring their own hand sanitiser.