Tamworth Powerstation Museum will be closed from Wednesday 18 March, 2020 for the forseeable future to minimise any possible risks to its mostly elderly volunteers due to the spread of COVID-19.
It is not a decision that has been made lightly. “We are all disappointed that this has had to happen,” said volunteer Ron Greer. “A large number of the people who visit the museum are elderly and many of the volunteers are elderly. Some of our volunteers have health issues which are well managed but it makes them more vulnerable – we have to act in the best interests of everyone’s health.”
Some of the volunteers will continue to work behind closed doors in groups of three or four at a time to continue cataloguing tasks and working to maintain and update displays.
Tamworth Regional Council Director Gallery and Museums, Bridget Guthrie, said the volunteers are passionate about their work at the museum but felt they had no alternative but to step away from their roles temporarily as part of the community-wide measures needed to slow the spread of COVID-19.