Yay! Indoor playcentres are finally re-opening!

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It’s the news that parents of young kids have been waiting for, as we twiddle our thumbs on rainy days and wonder when we will be able to get our kids out of the house for some indoor play. Rain, hail or sunshine, our indoor playcentres are back in (COVID-safe) business, as NSW fast-tracks their reopening.


NSW is fast-tracking its roadmap to reopening, with the restrictions meant to lift on December 1 now due to lift on 8 November. In fact, Minister for Health the Hon. Brad Hazzard MP has signed a separate Amendment to the Public Health Order where amusement centres and playcentres are concerned, and as such, these premises are permitted to be open from now. Hooray!

If you’re 16 and above, you must be vaccinated to attend. According to NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet, the move was a testament to health authorities and residents embracing vaccination.

DISCOVER ALL YOUR FAVOURITE PLAYCENTRES ON THE NORTH SHORE

North Shore playcentres set to reopen

Lockdown has been hard on many businesses, but there’s no doubt that playcentres have been one of the worst affected.

 “We might look like we are big business because we are in large venues – but we are all in fact small businesses struggling to survive while still keeping a big smile on our face to ensure your child has a wonderful time.” – Sandra Thoma, Lollipop’s Playland & Café, Castle Hill

We chat with some of our favourite local playcentres to see how they are feeling and what covid-safe polices they have in place for your next visit. It’s time to support our playcentres so they can stay in business for our kids.

Lollipop’s Playland & Café Castle Hill

When are you opening?
We opened yesterday (Wednesday 3 November) after Brad Hazzard signed the specific change to the Health Order allowing playcentres and amusement centres to open effective Tuesday 1:45pm. We are open 10am-4pm, Monday-Friday and on the weekends.

What are you doing to keep Covid-safe?
We follow all the rules set out by NSW Health and Service NSW with regards to number limits, double vaccination of all staff, check-in procedures.  The youngest members of our staff, many at school, were so enthusiastic to get their vaccines quickly. They wanted life back and rightly so.

How have the last few months been for you? How are you feeling about reopening?
Lockdown was a difficult situation for the business because the financial assistance provided to businesses that were closed was less than what JobKeeper provided. Further, unlike other food venues, playcentres can not ‘pivot’ to offer take away or do click and collect. We are normally located out of the main thoroughfares so most had zero income for that whole lockdown.

Being closed for such an extended period meant our staff, many of whom are casuals, look for work elsewhere. That uncertainty creates a level of anxiety that will take some time to get over.  The labour shortage all businesses are experiencing will be felt for some time until more international students and travellers return to Australia to fill that void. We also had the added stress of the confusion of our opening date.

We opened on 11 October after talking with Service NSW who confirmed we were hospitality and events.  We were then shut down by the police one week later and have stayed that way until Tuesday when Brad Hazzard finally amended the Health Order to allow us to open.

In last year’s Health Order playcentres were in the same category as hospitality and recreation.  This year we ended up in the General section along with nightclubs and brothels (you read that right).  This meant we were not supposed to open until 1 Dec. While we are relieved to open, like many in small business, we are suffering PTSD and will take a while to recover.

Cheeky Monkeys Playhouse

When are you opening?
We are so excited to be opening on Monday 8 November 2021 at 9.30am!

What are you doing to keep Covid-safe?
We have a Covid-19 Safety plan in place that is reviewed by the Health Department for our Playcentre.  All adults must be double vaccinated and sign in via the Service NSW Covid Safe Check-in QR Code.  At this time we will sight Proof of Vaccination.  We have hand sanitiser available around the Centre and masks need to be worn when not sitting in the café consuming food and drinks. The 1 person to 2sqm occupancy rule applies to our premises.

How have the last few months been for you? How are you feeling about reopening?
We have missed our regular families and meeting new ones.  We took the opportunity to re-decorate and repaint upstairs, spring clean our storage cupboards, update our café menu and install a fantastic new 6 lane slot car track ready for our birthday parties. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back. It will be so wonderful for the staff to work again.

Monkey Mania, Top Ryde

When are you opening?
We will be reopening on Monday 15 November at 9:30am

What are you doing to keep Covid-safe?
We are adhering to social distancing capacities and checking vaccination status upon entry. Our centre is regularly cleaned and we will be setting up extra sanitising stations around the store. We have a current COVID Safe Plan in place which will be shared with all staff members to ensure they are keeping on top of all procedures.

How have the last few months been for you? How are you feeling about reopening?
It has been heartbreaking not being able to see all the happy and smiling faces of the families and children in our store but we are so excited to reopen and host parties and continue to serve our community.

DISCOVER ALL YOUR FAVOURITE PLAYCENTRES ON THE NORTH SHORE


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