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COVID-19 Update

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COVIDSafe Update Friday 5 June 2020 

Preparing for classes to return! 

Since our last update we have spent the last 2 weeks preparing for the return of students to Canberra Potters. As we gradually return to working with clay we must ensure that our staff, teachers, students and artists remain safe. In accordance we have developed a set of protocols and guidelines to help all of us stay COVIDSafe. 

Some important dates:  

Stage 1 

Monday 1 June—Canberra Potters/Watson Arts Centre returns to Level 2—Moderate Risk on our COVID-19 Response Plan. 

This means our staff have returned to site in preparation for reopening classes and to work toward Stage 2. Access to the premises is still by appointment only and the gates will remain locked.  

Monday 8 June—Students return to complete Term 1 classes. 

Only staff, teachers and students who have a current class enrolment are permitted onsite. If you are one of these people you would have already been contacted by our teaching coordinators and received information on class attendance. This includes guidelines, class protocols, link to education video and ‘what to bring’ information. It is important that you read and understand this information because some things have changed since you last attended class. 

Stage 2 

Monday 6 July—Members and general public allowed back onsite. 

Assuming conditions remain favourable and under the guidance of health authorities, we aim to be able to welcome members and the general public back onsite. Although visitation will be restricted and we ask that when returning you come for specific purposes only and adhere to social distancing and appropriate health protocols. Information will be provided closer to the time to help you attend the facility in a COVIDSafe manner. 

Kiln hire will be available to those members holding a kiln licence. Although strict booking procedures will be introduced and some additional supervision may be required until all health restrictions are fully lifted.   

Thursday 9 July—Gallery and Shop reopens. 

We’re delighted to announce that our resuming gallery program will begin with our beloved Student Teacher exhibition. We are looking forward to relaunching our bricks and mortar shop too with fresh stock from member artists new and known. 

Monday 20 July—Term 3 commences. 

We hope to return to our full class offering for Term 3, by this time we may even be able to cater for slightly larger classes. 

Stage 3 

TBC. 

Some activities will take longer than others to reinstate and we hope that the Members Workshop, Glaze Shed, Tea Room, Library and our Artist in Residence program will return sooner rather than later.