Latest update: 24/04/2020
We are paying close attention to any updates from the Australian Government Department of Health on the virus (COVID-19).
The health and safety of our audiences, clients, staff, volunteers and the local community are of the utmost importance to us. All volunteers and staff have been briefed on the guidelines from NSW Health.
The most important thing is not to panic, the Government are making radical decisions in order to lessen the burden on the health care system. If everyone does their part we can greatly slow the virus transmission rates and help those most vulnerable. Please read below for updates on our services and activities.
For more advice and updates please check the following Government websites:
We currently offer the following support services:
- Byron Community Pantry available for everyone in the Byron Shire residents who is unable to physically or financially shop. Call 0482 787 552 between Monday – Thursday from 10AM – 2PM to arrange free home delivery within the Byron Shire.
- Free phone counselling for Byron Shire residents who are experiencing distress due to the current health crisis. Call 0415 322 064 between 10AM – 2PM weekdays to make an appointment.
- Women needing extra support:
Our weekly women’s support group has been changed to individualised appointments available on a Friday. Our Community Case Worker is available by appointment, call the Centre on (02) 6685 6807 and leave a message. Women can receive food boxes, care packages, telephone counselling, internet access and a hot shower, as well as access to information such as housing options and Centrelink entitlements.
- Severe Wet Weather Shelter:
Our Community Case Worker is developing alternatives to the current model if the Severe Weather Shelter is activated during the COVID 19 crisis. Signs will be posted at the BCC entrances with instructions in the case of a Severe Weather Event.
- Homeless Breakfast and Showers for our most vulnerable clients continue with increased hygiene protocols and a scaled-down in service requiring fewer volunteers and staff. Take-away options are encouraged and frozen meals are available from the Fletcher St kitchen on Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday from 12.30PM to 1.30PM.
Will continue on Wednesdays and Fridays between 7.30AM – 9AM at Fletcher St kitchen at Byron Community Centre (BCC)
Will continue on Mondays and Wednesdays between 10AM – 12.30PM (book in at Homeless Breakfast) at Community Cabin.
- The Volunteer Hub will continue with telephone interviews only.
- All seniors activities have been suspended.
- Staff have been encouraged to work from home where possible, and volunteer shifts have been reduced in size and frequency.
- Outreach services, such as Social Futures, My Momentum, No Interest Loans will continue at the discretion of the service provider.
- Liberation Larder continues on Mondays and Thursdays with increased hygiene protocols and a take-away focus.
Update 18th March: Markets paused!
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the pausing of all Byron Bay Markets until further notice – this includes Byron Community Market, Byron Beachside Market and Byron Twilight Market.
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Update 27th May
The Byron Theatre has been closed to the public since March this year when the restrictions for mass gatherings of less than 100 people were enforced due to the coronavirus.
While the doors have been closed, the staff have been very busy installing new equipment, fine-tuning operations, creatively updating the spaces and generally cleaning all areas to make your experience at the theatre even better than it was before.
A three-stage plan to ease coronavirus restrictions has been laid out by prime minister Scott Morrison and chief medical officer Brendan Murphy, on Monday 8 May. This has begun to offer us an idea into what the future will look like for mass gatherings and events. Social distancing will remain throughout all stages and any indoor gatherings require each person to keep a distance of approx 4 metres apart.
Stage one is currently in progress and is about allowing for a better connection between family and friends. During stage one, specific businesses have been allowed to re-open, such as restaurants and cafes, but not cinemas or theatres. Ten people are allowed to gather in public.
Stage two will depend on the progress made during stage one. There is a consideration that there might be a second surge of the virus, but this is yet to be seen. The number of people allowed to gather will increase, though this number has not yet been specified for home, or for public places. If all goes well, more venues, including cinemas, will be able to open their doors to 20 people.
Stage three will depend on the progress made during stage one and two. Gatherings of 10 people in stage one could become 100 people during stage three. Venues may be allowed to host 100 patrons (adhering to the 4-metre rule) during stage three, this would include cinemas and indoor entertainment venues.
The Byron Theatre is keeping a close eye on how the 3-stage plan unfolds, but it’s unlikely that our doors would open again until stage three.
We will certainly keep you updated on any news or changes to this over the next months, so please check the website, Facebook and Instagram.
We look forward to the time when we can open the theatre doors again when it’s safe, so we can regain our connection to the community by offering cultural and entertaining programming for all.
Take care and see you soon.