Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Updated: 12pm 23 March 2020

Effective midday today, Monday 23 March, The History Trust of South Australia will close all of its public sites, including National Motor Museum, South Australian Maritime Museum, Migration Museum and Centre of Democracy until further notice.

The safety and well-being of our visitors, employees, volunteers and the broader community is our top priority. We are taking these steps as a public health precaution in support of measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are committed to providing support for our employees and to safeguarding our community during challenging times.

The History Trust of South Australia’s senior management have taken this decision in line with the new national widespread social gathering measures announced by the Prime Minister on 22 March.

Due to the rapidly evolving nature of the situation, we will not announce a reopening date at this time and will be providing regular updates via our website and social media channels.

If you are seeking information on COVID-19, visit www.health.gov.au or call the Australian Government Department of Health Coronavirus Information Line on 1800 020 080.

Thank you for your understanding. It is important that community health and safety are paramount. Take care.

Kind Regards
Greg Mackie OAM
Chief Executive Officer
History Trust of South Australia

 

17 March 2020

We are reaching out to keep you informed in light of the worldwide COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic response. As always, the wellbeing of our visitors, patrons, team members and volunteers are our highest priority.

At this time, the South Australian Maritime Museum and History Trust of South Australia’s management are in consultation with government stakeholders to determine the best way forward. We are proceeding according to best practice advice from the Australian and South Australian governments – as well as state and national health services.

As a precautionary measure, we are suspending all education and public programs until further notice at the South Australian Maritime Museum. The Port Adelaide Lighthouse will remain closed until further notice.

All current school bookings for term 1 will be rescheduled to terms 3 and 4.

The museum will remain open to the public as we recognise the important role it plays in communities in times of uncertainty.

While the South Australian Maritime Museum remains open at this stage, the following precautionary measures have been undertaken to reduce risk:
• Increased cleaning and signage that encourages hygienic practices including handwashing and provision of additional hand sanitation stations in the museums.
• SAMM is encouraging team members to engage in social distancing, reducing physical contact when greeting others.
• SAMM will adopt cashless procedures for transactions to minimise contact.
• SAMM has reinforced standard employee health practices, including sending employees home and encouraging employees who are unwell to stay home if their demonstrated health symptoms could impact upon colleagues or visitors.
• SAMM is aware that minimising the spread of germs and illness is critical and encourages patrons who are feeling unwell to wait until they are well enough to visit.

If you are seeking information on COVID-19, visit www.health.gov.au or call the Australian Government Department of Health Coronavirus Information Line on 1800 020 080.

We are closely monitoring the situation on an hourly basis and will immediately advise the public through our social media channels of any changes.

Thank you for your understanding. Take care.

Kind regards,

Greg Mackie OAM
Chief Executive Officer
History Trust of South Australia