The Highfields Sport and Recreation Park is open for public recreation and visits, including the regular Saturday Parkrun, across the Easter long weekend following this afternoon’s (April 1) closure of Darling Downs Health’s temporary COVID-19 testing facility.

Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio said Council had re-opened the facility to the public in time for visits this weekend.

“Following the state government’s lifting of the Greater Brisbane lockdown at noon today and the news more generally around the containment of the most recent outbreak, the temporary Highfields testing facility has been closed,” Mayor Antonio said.

“Darling Downs Health will oversee a deep clean of the Highfields Sport and Recreation Park to ensure it is safe for public use from this afternoon (April 1).

“Regular park user groups will be notified about the re-opening.

“Residents should continue to heed the established health and safety protocols, including wearing a mask for the next fortnight and having a maximum 30 visitors at a private residence.

“We need to follow contact tracing alerts and remember to stay at home if unwell and follow-up with a COVID test if any symptoms develop.

“I encourage everyone to follow the health guidelines as we cannot afford to drop our guard in the interests of community safety.

“I thank residents for abiding by the health advice and willingly acting to keep everyone safe.

“It’s also timely to remember to drive safely on the roads, whether in town or if travelling further afield this Easter.”

For the latest health advice and full list of regional testing centres, please visit the Queensland Health website - https://www.health.qld.gov.au/