COVID-19: closures in the Tamworth region

Please find an overview below of the impacts of COVID-19 measures by Tamworth Regional Council on tourism-related activities or operations as they become available.

For further information, visit www.tamworth.nsw.gov/covid19. To see if individual businesses are open, visit the Tamworth Region Trading Directory.

Update: Tuesday 30 June 2020

SPORTS FACILITIES

Tamworth Sports Dome will open its doors for casual use.

 

PARKS AND GARDENS

Barbecues at all Council parks and reserves will reopen because limits on public outdoor gatherings increases to 20 people.

The splash pad at Tamworth’s Bicentennial Park will remain closed.

ATTRACTIONS

Tamworth’s Powerstation Museum will reopen by appointment only for small groups in accordance with the one person per 4 square metres rule.

The box office at Tamworth’s Capitol Theatre will reopen but the performing space will remain closed for the time being because the one person per 4 square metres rule means it is not financial viable to operate.

Update: Tuesday 9 June 2020

POOLS

Barraba Hydrotherapy Pool will open the week commencing Monday, 15 June, 2020. The pool will be open for its usual winter season timetable of up to 16 hours each week.

 

Update: Friday 29 May 2020

PARKS AND GARDENS

Tamworth Marsupial Park including Tamworth Adventure Playground will reopen for use from Monday 1 June, 2020. It could not reopen when other local playgrounds opened on 15 May because of its licence to display animals. However, it is able to open next week in line with other similar facilities.

Barbecues at all Council parks and reserves will remain closed while public outdoor gatherings remain limited to groups of 10 people.

The splash pad at Tamworth’s Bicentennial Park will remain closed.

CAMPING GROUNDS

Camp grounds will again open to campers after some weeks of only being used by day visitors or those people who are officially permanent travellers with no home address. This includes Sheba Dams at Hanging Rock.

ATTRACTIONS AND VISITOR SERVICES

Tamworth Visitor Information Centre, National Guitar Museum, Wax Museum and Strings and Beans Café at the Big Golden Guitar will reopen from Monday 1 June, 2020. A range of COVIDsafe measures will be in place such as a maximum of 50 people in the building at any one time and a limit of 10 people to enter the museum at any one time. There will also be safe distancing markers in place, sanitisation points at the entry and exit, regular cleaning of contact surfaces and cashless transactions encouraged.

All libraries across the region will be open normal hours from 1 June. However, special provision is being made for only vulnerable people to be admitted before 11am. Other library users can attend after 11 am. A new quarantine and cleaning process for returned books and other borrowed items will be in place. Magazines and newspapers will not be available for reading in libraries. The number of visitors will be limited to allow for the four square metres per person rule. Numbers at Tamworth City Library will be limited to 50 people, 15 and Tamworth South Library and six at Kootingal Library. Seating at libraries will be spread out to ensure it meets the 1.5-metre social distancing rules. Hand sanitiser will be available at all facilities with equipment and door handles cleaned throughout the day. Workshops, tours and events will not be possible during this initial phase of re-opening but online programs will continue. The “Click and Collect” service will continue at Tamworth City Library and borrowers from other branches should check with their local library if they require this service. Tamworth Regional Gallery will also return to its usual operating hours from next week.

Volunteer-run museums such as Tamworth’s Powerstation Museum and Moonbi Museum will remain closed for the time being.

Update: Friday 27 March 2020

CAMPING GROUNDS

In line with Public Health (COVID-19 Gatherings) Order (no 2) 2020 under the Public Health Act 2010, Tamworth Regional Council is closing all camping grounds across the Tamworth region effective immediately. These closures will impact sites including Sheba Dams, Split Rock Dam and Manilla Freedom Camping amongst a range of other locations. Signs are being erected at impacted sites to inform the public.
Public Health (COVID-19 Gatherings) Order (no 2) 2020 provides that caravan parks and camping grounds must not be open to the public except for the purposes of allowing permanent caravan park residents or others who have no permanent place of residence.

VISITOR SERVICES

Dwindling visitation to the Tamworth Visitor Information Centre has prompted Council to make the decision to close it soon after lunch time today.
The Strings and Beans Café will close at lunchtime today until further notice, while the National Guitar Museum and the Galaxy of Stars Wax Museum were closed earlier in the week.
The centre’s phones will be diverted to ensure any visitor inquiries continued to be responded to. A brochure rack at the main entrance will be checked and restocked daily.
A sign on the door will direct visitors to the Destination Tamworth website and the Tamworth Region Trading Directory on the Tamworth Regional Council webpage. The centre’s email address will also be monitored.

PARKS AND GARDENS

In line with the Federal Government’s recommended stricter controls to slow the spread of COVID-19, Tamworth Regional Council has made some significant temporary changes to our parks including the closure of all playground equipment. Tamworth Regional Council Manager Sport and Recreation Paul Kelly said the moves are aimed at reducing the risk of groups of more than 10 people coming together and to limit the spread of the virus through multiple use of equipment. “The clear message we have from health experts is that we should stay at home unless necessary but some residents are continuing to gather at our parks without following the recommended social distancing,” he said. Effective from today, play equipment at some 150 parks across the region are no longer available for use. This includes Tamworth Regional Playground, the outdoor gym and splash pad at Bicentennial Park, Tamworth, closure of Tamworth Marsupial Park and closure of Tamworth Regional Skate Park at Tamworth’s Viaduct Park. Barbecues at public parks will no longer be in use. Tamworth Region Botanic Gardens will remain open.

In line with the Federal Government’s recommended stricter controls to slow the spread of COVID-19, Tamworth Regional Council has made some significant temporary changes to our parks including the closure of all playground equipment. Tamworth Regional Council Manager Sport and Recreation Paul Kelly said the moves are aimed at reducing the risk of groups of more than 10 people coming together and to limit the spread of the virus through multiple use of equipment. “The clear message we have from health experts is that we should stay at home unless necessary but some residents are continuing to gather at our parks without following the recommended social distancing,” he said. Effective from today, play equipment at some 150 parks across the region are no longer available for use. This includes Tamworth Regional Playground, the outdoor gym and splash pad at Bicentennial Park, Tamworth, closure of Tamworth Marsupial Park and closure of Tamworth Regional Skate Park at Tamworth’s Viaduct Park. Barbecues at public parks will no longer be in use. Tamworth Region Botanic Gardens will remain open.

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