Wollongong City Council staff have started winding red and white tape around slippery dips as playgrounds across the city are declared off-limits.
As of 8pm on Sunday night the council has declared its playgrounds and skate parks closed, in line with the latest federal government directive to combat the spread of coronavirus.
"We have more than 145 playspaces and five skate parks across the city," a council spokeswoman said.
"Council will place signage in our playgrounds, skateparks and outdoor fitness areas advising these spaces are closed. We have started the development and rollout of this signage today, and will complete installation within the next 24 hours.
"Council staff will continue to maintain the playgrounds and parks during the closure.
"We will continue to review and respond to updated advice in reference to coronavirus and we are proactively applying a community-oriented, risk-based approach to the delivery of our services during this time."
Shellharbour City Council followed suit, adding playgrounds and skate park to a long list of council facilities that are now closed.
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The decision was welcomed by those families leaving comments on Wollongong council's Facebook page.
"It's a great decision, hopefully security will enforce those people who ignore what the government says," wrote Yingying Cao.
Others also called for the shutdown of popular spots like Bald Hill, which they said was still attracting a lot of tourists.
Photos taken by the Mercury at Bald Hill on Sunday afternoon do show a number of people there not adhering to social distancing guidelines.
"Tourists are still coming in their hundreds and stopping by close by towns like Helensburgh to duck into the shops, queue for the ice cream van at Bald Hill and potentially spread the virus," wrote Amanda Havea.
Wollongong City Council has also closed down its Russell Vale golf course, club and pro shop as of 5pm on Monday.
"At Council we have plans in place to support our vulnerable community members, as well as the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff and volunteers, their families and our community," said Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery.
"That's why we proactively closed our public spaces like the libraries, art gallery, our supervised swimming pools and the golf course.
"It's also why we immediately responded to the Federal Government's advice and closed our play spaces and skate parks last night.
"We are taking this matter seriously, and I encourage everyone to follow the latest advice and to avoid going out unless essential. By taking these steps now and introducing these measures we are working to limit the scope of this virus and get back to normal life sooner.''
Meanwhile, councils and Surf Life Saving NSW have moved to wind back patrols..
As of Friday volunteer patrols ended, as SLSNSW voted to end the season early.
"Our number one priority is ensuring the safety and welfare of our volunteer members," said president George Shales.
"It was becoming increasingly difficult for us to continue beach patrols while at the same time implement the necessary social distancing measures to protect surf lifesavers from the risk of COVID-19 infection."
Shellharbour council's lifeguard operations have moved from patrolled swimming areas to emergency response only.
"The community is asked to please remember that our lifeguards and volunteer surf lifesavers will not be at the beach to protect you and keep you safe as they normally are at this time," a spokeswoman said.
As of Wednesday Wollongong City Council said it was continuing lifeguard services on all 17 of its patrolled beaches.
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