Councils step up cleaning efforts

City councils ramp up cleaning efforts to help combat the COVID-19 virus.

City councils have stepped up their cleaning efforts to help combat the COVID-19 virus.

Adelaide’s city council has released a $4 million assistance package for businesses that includes rental exemptions, an increased cleaning regime, and flexible on-street parking regulations.

The City of Melbourne is also undertaking a citywide cleaning blitz. Cleaning services are being ramped up across the city, with a focus on sanitisation, cleaning surfaces that are touched often, removing litter and increasing street sweeping.

The City of Melbourne currently invests $13.6 million a year in cleaning contracts and almost $1 million in graffiti removal.

Lord Mayor Sally Capp said ensuring city cleanliness is a key priority for council during the COVID-19 outbreak.

“This is a crucial time to maintain cleanliness both for public health and public confidence. Extra cleaning regimes will help reduce the risk of the virus spreading,” the Lord Mayor said.

Addition cleaning activities include increased frequency of high pressure cleans of street furniture; the installation of new soap dispensers in toilet blocks in Melbourne’s busiest park as well as increased frequency of cleaning of public toilet blocks,

Deep cleaning will also be conducted on priority park assets – including drinking fountains, high pressure washing of toilets, bin surrounds and barbeques.

“This is a challenging time for everybody. Now more than ever it’s important that we get the essential services right,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Not only will we be undertaking more work to help keep our streets clean, additional cleaning and sanitisation is a very practical way for the City of Melbourne to respond to this challenge and improve health and wellbeing.”

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