COVID-19 Issues

The club has announced it is reopening on 18 July. Please see management committee announcement

Update 5 July 2020:

The website has no further information from the club to report. The club is lucky to have very capable and practical people working for it. Implementing a COVID-19 safety plan, at a practical level, requires more than just submitting a plan on paper, such as having an onsite inspection of signage and safety practices. We can assume these planning stages are now nearing completion, if not already completed, for reopening on announced day of 18 July.

Update 24 June 2020:

Club CYC representative, Bill Reece, is meeting with CYC during the week with regard to approval of proposed COVID-19 safety plan for reopening club.

Peggy Walker and Rick Mewburn show us their fantastic work during COVID-19 lockdown.

Update 22 June 2020:

The club congratulates Townsville Gem & Mineral Club Inc. for reopening on 15 June and on announcing their 2020 GemFest to be held 19-20th September. Poster below.

We know members are asking if Townsville can have a Gemfest, why not us?

As of 22 June:

  • The club has submitted its COVID-19 safety action plan to CYC and is waiting to hear back
  • New signage has been made
  • The club is seeking a formal answer to the above question: if Townsville can hold a Gemfest in 2020, why not us?

Members should avoid jumping to conclusions. It is possible the conditions to hold a Gemfest in 2020 on the usual club grounds would be impossible to meet. For example considering how popular the CMLC Gemfest is, consider the chaos and public irritation it would cause if only 20 people were allowed through the gates at a time and there was a large queue, including very young people.

Also please consider how important the vendors are to the success of our Gemfest and that this is not a good time for vendors to travel and reach a good audience.

jpg Townsville 2020 Gemfest poster.

Update 11 June 2020:

The club has announced it is reopening on 18 July. Please see management committee announcement

Club closed 21 March 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic

Please see the president’s report from 25 March.

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