Wagga authorities are scrambling to prepare some of the city's most popular outdoor venues to ensure overcrowding is not a problem in the warmer months ahead.
It comes in response to the state government's new plan to allow residents the freedom to get out and about this summer in a COVID-safe way.
Wagga mayor Greg Conkey said the council is expecting to see a lot of people gathering outdoors, with family and friends, and visiting local attractions like Wagga Beach, Botanic Gardens, Wiradjuri Reserve and the Wagga Zoo.
"It makes it as important as ever to follow the rules on gatherings and social distancing and practice good hand hygiene," he said.
The council are encouraging the city's residents to stay aware of the COVID guidelines that are subject to change at different locations within the city.
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Parks and strategic operations Henry Pavitt said, for example, Wagga zoo visitors will be required to use their mobile phones to scan a QR-code to assist with contact-tracing.
He said there is also a limit of 250 people allowed entry at any one time, who are recommended to wear a face mask during their visit.
Meanwhile, those visiting Wagga Beach are told to keep a towel length apart under the advice of the state's COVID-safe summer plan.
Riverina Police Detective Chief Inspector Winston Woodward said the council are currently developing COVID-safety plans to come into play as the weather warms up. He said police will continue to patrol the city to ensure residents are abiding by the restrictions.
"Police patrol every public space, so while a lot falls back on police, everybody needs to be mindful of the health minister's directions, which can be found on the NSW government website," he said.
"If you are attending the beach this summer or a camping ground, for your own welfare, remember that 4 square metre rule and keep your distance."
The most recent ease to restrictions will now allow bridal parties to dance at weddings, singing and music will return to schools and more parents will get to watch their kids play sport.
- If you are feeling unwell or have any of the following symptoms - sore throat, cough, fever, or shortness of breath - get tested. Call the Murrumbidgee COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 831 099.