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: Friday 27 March 2020
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.
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.
Update: Tuesday 24 March, 2020
The dedicated volunteers who give their time to operate Tamworth Visitor information Centre are taking a break due to health risks related to COVID-19 but its doors will remain open. Tamworth Regional Council Director Business and Community John Sommerlad said Council staff will ensure the centre remains open. “We want to keep the centre open so we can provide information to visitors to the city,’’ he said. “We expect this is likely not to be tourist type information, but more so service information.” The closure of both the Nundle and Manilla visitor information outlets was announced last week after health concerns prompted volunteers to decide to step back for the time being. Visitor information in Barraba is provided by staff at Council’s office in Queen Street which remains open.
Update: Monday 23 March, 2020
All Council pools including Tamworth’s Scully Park, Manilla, Barraba and Kootingal closed at noon today. They were due to close at the end of the season on April 9. The latest changes to ‘social distancing’ COVID-19 measures has also prompted the closure of Tamworth Sports Dome today at noon. For the time being, Marsupial Park and Tamworth Region Botanic Gardens in Tamworth will remain open but all events are cancelled. Council staff will today start to telephone anyone with bookings to advise them of the change.