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UPDATE: Key Camp & Caravan Sites Shut in Coronavirus Lockdown

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A number of public toilets and caravan and camping sites in South Australia are shutting down amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

In a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19, councils and private companies have made a decision to temporarily shut ahead of the peak Easter period.

Public toilets and some Mid Murray campgrounds are the latest facilities to be affected by closures. 

Campgrounds at Bolto Reserve and Haythorpe Reserve have been closed to the public as of Thursday 26 March.

Due to the thread of the virus spreading, increased vandalism and fewer visitors numbers, the decision has been made to commence locking toilets as well.

Mid Murray Council Chief Executive Officer Ben Scales urged people to reconsider any non-essential travel plans for the coming weeks, especially if they are planning to travel over the Easter long weekend and school holiday break.

“SA Police will be patrolling popular camping areas to ensure people are complying with the Federal Government’s restrictions on public gatherings and safe distances, and Council staff will be enforcing penalties for any breaches,” he said.

Fines of up too $20,000 can apply where individuals breach the safe-distance requirements. 

In the lower Fleurieu Peninsula region, Yankailla council-owned Jetty Caravan Park, Normanville and Rapid Bay campgrounds have all closed as of Wednesday, March 25.

Privately owned holiday parks in Second Valley and Wirrina Cove also shutting.

“At Rapid Bay you can get up 500 people there – there’s just two toilets,” Yankakilla region, chief executive Nigel Morris has told Adelaide Now.

“It just wasn’t going to work – they couldn’t continually clean the toilets and come Easter everyone was going to pile down there.”

In South Australia's South-East, the Karoonda Caravan & Cabin Park is being closed by Karoonda East Murray Council.

Belair National Park's Caravan Park in the Adelaide Hills will also aim to limit the amount of people on-site by only allowing those in need of accommodation to stay.

For more information on the Government’s restrictions visit the SA Health website.

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