Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre forced to close, health and fitness groups suspend classes until further notice

Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre has been forced to close until further notice under new requirements from the federal and state government.
Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre has been forced to close until further notice under new requirements from the federal and state government.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, more businesses are being forced to close, including the Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre (MAAC) which was forced to shut its doors at 12pm on Monday.

The closure, which was implemented by the Board of MAAC Limited and supported by council, has come as a result of advice from both the state and federal government.

The MAAC's gymnasium and group fitness operations will all close, as well as access to the pools, wellness centre and cafe.

Moree mayor Katrina Humphries acknowledged the disappointment for community members and visitors alike but said current health advice must be followed.

"It's crucial that we all follow the current health advice - practising social distancing and strict hygiene measures and the new restrictions for gym activities and services where social distancing may be difficult to restrict," she said.

"We have not come to the decision to close the MAAC lightly, but we believe it's best for the community that we do so."

The mayor's sentiments were echoed by chair of the MAAC Board Mick Cikota.

"The situation is changing daily and we have been constantly reviewing our operations and services. The measures announced overnight have prompted the Board to close the facility," Mr Cikota said.

"We will be in touch with our members regarding their membership and what it means for them in the upcoming days; all direct debit membership have been suspended today.

"All upfront memberships and visit passes will receive time extensions for the period of our closures. For further information, please email info@maacltd.com and we thank our members and community for their cooperation."

PCYC NSW has also announced that it will be suspending services at all of its clubs, including the Moree centre.

"This situation is unprecedented, emerging and constantly changing," PCYC Moree said in a statement.

"As with many other challenges in life, and particularly as Australians, we know the human spirit will prevail. We are confident that given the culture of service, goodwill and positivity that underpins the success of PCYC NSW we will all get through this."

A number of health and fitness groups have also had to suspend all classes until further notice, including Moree Boxing and Fitness and Moree Boxing Academy.

"By now you would have all heard the news - the Federal Government has directed that all "non essential" services shut down. Unfortunately that includes gyms, which means us," Moree Boxing and Fitness said in a statement.

Additionally, Yoga with Jen have also suspended all classes, while Cut Above Fitness Centre will also be forced to close.