Arts venues opening up in NSW

All eyes will be on NSW as the state emerges from lockdown and is trialling a new vaccination-led roadmap for arts venues.
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As the NSW Public Health Order (PHO) comes into effect today, arts venues are opening up – based on workers and visitors being vaccinated. This will have an immediate impact on staff scheduling for any organisation included in the vaccine mandate which will include, at this stage, public galleries and other arts or ‘entertainment’ venues. 

Sydney-based peak organisation NAVA writes were wary in the lead-up to the roadmap: ‘Current support packages will wind back once 80% of the eligible population is vaccinated, meaning COVID-19 Disaster and JobSaver payments will be phased out from 80% onwards … Both Federal and State [governments] are currently looking at support packages that will kick in after this date, but these will likely be weighted towards stimulus measures to drive demand.’

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina