COVID-19 [18 March]

Posted: Wednesday, 18 March 2020

The Australian Prime Minister today (18 March) announced additional measures to try to reduce the spread of COVID-19. He advised to limit indoor non- essential gatherings to 100 people or less and outdoor events to 500 people or less, but stressed that ‘social distancing’ must still be practiced.  The PM highlighted we could see these measures last six months or more.

As such, we’ve cancelled events and have encouraged social distancing.

Our waste collections and street sweepings will continue as normal. Our other services, particularly Meals on Wheels and shopping bus for elderly will continue, with additional hygiene and social distancing in place.

All facilities remain open including Dougherty Community Centre, MOSAIC, Incinerator Art Space, Art Space on The Concourse and childcare centres and we have introduced additional cleaning within highly used facilities.

The Castlecrag Community Library will be closed until further notice, but all other library branches, including Chatswood, are open as per normal hours.

The Willoughby Leisure Centre remains open, with the Kids Klub (school holiday activities) and swimming lessons going ahead. Read about how we’re protecting our staff and members.

Cancelled events

  • ANZAC ceremony | 25 April

The Concourse

  • Harmony Day Singing in Harmony community choir – 21 March
  • Willoughby Symphony Orchestra Dreamscape  – 4 April – ticket holders will be contacted by The Concourse box office to discuss exchange options

Chatswood Library

  • Talks@Willoughby presents Caroline Overington speaking about Missing William Tyrrell – 24 March
  • Turning Your Dream Home into a Reality – 18 March
  • Talks@Willoughby presents Adam Courtenay speaking about The Ghost and the Bounty Hunter – 8 April
  • Sydney Writers’ Festival - Heather Rose: Bruny – 30 April
  • Sydney Writers’ Festival Tim Flannery: Life – 1 May
  • Library Children’s Programs - all regular children’s programs at Chatswood Library and all branch libraries, including Storytimes, Little Dragon, Ninja Kids, Little Bear, Toddler Time, Baby Bounce, LEGO® Clubs, and Fri-Yay - Friday Fun at Northbridge Library are cancelled until further notice.

Dougherty Community Centre

  • Dance to the Nines – 20 March
  • Seniors Social Lunch – 8 April

Zenith Theatre

  • Alice in Wonderland – 18 – 22 March – performances have been postponed. Ticket holders will be contacted to discuss alternative dates.

Council Chambers

  • Community Information Seminar – The Future of Transport – 23 March | This will no longer be a public event. The speakers presentation will be recorded and made available on Council’s website for viewing.

Vivid Sydney at Chatswood

22 May – 13 June

Unfortunately at Vivid Sydney at Chatswood has been cancelled on the requirement of the Australian Government, the NSW Government and health authorities regarding non-essential, organised gatherings of more than 500 people.

Please continue to check our website for further updates about scheduled events and activities.

Read our announcement from yesterday

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