Council facilities to reopen following COVID-19 shutdown


With the NSW Government’s easing of restrictions, council facilities across Maitland will begin opening from Monday.

Maitland City Council’s Customer Service Centre and Maitland Visitor Information Centre will reopen on 1 June, as will libraries, however, they’ll have reduced hours of 9am to 5pm on weekdays and 9am to 1pm on Saturdays.

Maitland Regional Art Gallery will reopen on Thursday 4 June, however, tours, programs and events remain suspended and the Seraphine Café remains closed during its refurbishment.

Maitland Gaol will open its gates on the same day for self-guided audio tours only, with visitors to bring their own device.

Morpeth Museum, Maitland Senior Citizens Centre, community halls and the indoor pool will remain closed.

Maitland Mayor Loretta Baker said the move was a positive one for the region.

“Reopening council facilities in accordance with state government guidelines will draw more people to Maitland and increase economic activity throughout our city, which is much needed under the current circumstances,” she said.

Newcastle Art Gallery will re-open Tuesday, with separate, two-hour daily sessions from 10am to noon and 2pm to 4pm. Visitors must book their attendance online, with up to 40 people admitted per session.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said council was looking forward to welcoming visitors back to the gallery.

“Thanks to our staff who over the past two months have delivered a range of quality online programs, such as virtual exhibition tours, a collection recreation challenge, weekly Art Cart activities, Youth Week programming as well as a collaborative online exhibition with regional Galleries across NSW,” she said.

Extra cleaning and touch-free hand sanitisers will be provided, while signage and floor decal markers will help ensure social distancing.

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