Covid-safe Griffith Regional Theatre set to re-open

After months in lockdown Griffith Regional Theatre will re-open its doors on Monday, 27 July 2020 for ticket sales and small event bookings only.

Griffith Regional Theatre is a certified COVID-Safe facility and stringent social distancing, contact tracing and hygiene measures will be enforced.

Regional Arts and Museum Manager, Raina Savage said, ‘We are very excited to be opening our doors again, after so long in lock down. During this time we have completed our major renovations, done some serious clearing out, maintenance, a service review and of course, developed and implemented our COVID-19 Safety Plan.”

“All visitors to the facility, whether ticket buyers, contractors or those attending meetings or workshops, will be required to sanitise, complete contract tracing documentation, and observe appropriate social distancing measures,” Ms Savage said.

“All shows up until the end of August have been cancelled, but if all goes well over the next few months and restrictions are not increased, a limited program will be presented from September subject to COVID-19 restrictions.”

Current Government restrictions limit attendance at cinemas, theatres and similar venues to 1 person per 4 sq metres of publicly accessible space, and promote 1.5m social distancing. All Theatre spaces have been measured and capacity limits identified.

Griffith Mayor, Councillor John Dal Broi said, while residents won’t be watching anything on stage just yet, he is pleased to see the much-loved community facility opening its doors again.

“Our Theatre is a fantastic community space so I’m delighted with this first small step,” Councillor Dal Broi said.

The Theatre is now accepting bookings for meetings, workshops or events which can be presented with adherence to current Health Department Orders. Hirers will be required to supply their own COVID-19 Safety Plan for their event.

Griffith Theatre Troupe workshops, with capacity limits and social distancing will be one of the activities recommencing when the Theatre re-opens. A copy of the Theatre’s COVID-19 Safety Plan is available on request.

Cultural Facilities Committee Chair, Councillor Mike Neville is urging residents to follow the strict safety measures now in place.

“If you do book a meeting or other event, please make sure you stick to the rules,” he said.

“It’s great to be able to re-open the doors, but we all need to do our bit to help ensure our community remains safe.”

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