Bathurst City Council plans to reopen library, museums and more | Western lawyer



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The COUNCIL-managed facilities in Bathurst will gradually reopen to the public as the city emerges from an eight-week lockdown. While “Freedom Day” is Monday, the Bathurst Regional Council has chosen not to begin reopening its facilities until Thursday. “Council will begin a gradual reopening of facilities to the community starting Thursday, October 14, starting with the Bathurst Visitor Information Center,” said Chief Executive Officer David Sherley. “The civic center, library, art gallery and museums will begin to open their doors from Monday, October 18.” READ ALSO: 477 cases and six deaths in NSW the day before the lockdown to lift the Bathurst Library and Civic Center is due to open on the 18th. The first museum to open next week will be the National Motor Racing Museum on October 20, followed by the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum on October 21, then the Bathurst Rail Museum on October 22. Chifley Home will remain closed as it does not comply with the four square meter rule. Visitors to any of the council’s facilities will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they have a valid exemption. Further measures will be implemented to ensure that the facilities operate in a safe manner for COVID. “The main priority is to ensure that we create a safe environment for community members visiting our facilities. Detailed risk assessments are underway and when facilities open, customers will need to enter a QR code, have proof of vaccination, wearing masks and disinfecting, ”Mr. Sherley said. A concierge service will be in place at the front door of each establishment to ensure that entry conditions are met. READ ALSO: Fully vaccinated in New South Wales? Here are the freedoms that apply The closure of the municipal council’s cultural facilities came at a significant cost. Museums lost $ 170,000 in the September quarter, while the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Center (BMEC) lost $ 110,000. These numbers are expected to have increased as the facilities will be closed for at least half of October. The council is already planning ways to encourage tourists to Bathurst when travel to the NSW area can resume in a few weeks. Mr Sherley said the board is designing a $ 70,000 reopening campaign, funded by Destination NSW. “This will include the creation of new content, mixed media advertising, a social media campaign, a new website landing page to direct bookings to local businesses and a promotional contest. The objective of this activity is to target the family market, especially in the Sydney metropolitan area, ”he added. noted. The Bathurst Visitor Information Center has also hired a specialist public relations agency to work with on strategies to “generate media placements and travel for journalists and influencers”. Our reporters work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content:

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