Re-Opening our Museums, Galleries and Libraries - Hon Gabrielle Upton MP

Re-opening our Museums, Galleries and Libraries


Member for Vaucluse, Gabrielle Upton MP today welcomed news that museums, galleries and libraries across NSW will be allowed to reopen from 1 June, under an easing of restrictions announced by the NSW Government.

Ms Upton said, “This is fantastic news for the NSW community, many of whom rely on our libraries, arts and cultural centres as places of refuge, inspiration and study. I’ve heard from our local residents how important these places are to them, especially our local libraries for students.

“Although there will be strict protocols in place during the first few weeks, this is an important step in reopening NSW and I strongly encourage residents to visit a gallery, museum or library in NSW that they haven’t before.

NSW Health will provide guidance to ensure the museums, galleries and libraries operate in a COVID-19 safe way, including:

  • Exclusion of staff and visitors who are unwell;

  • Limiting the number of guests to allow for 4 square metres per person;

  • Providing distance markers for people queuing at service points;

  • Ensuring adequate handwashing facilities and/or sanitiser;

  • Online ticketing systems for museums and galleries;

  • No groups and tours;

  • Enhanced cleaning; and

  • 24 hour quarantine of returns to libraries.

To keep up to date on NSW rules and restrictions, please visit https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/what-you-can-and-cant-do-under-rules.

Media: Jennifer Zin 9326 1856


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