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LIVE UPDATES

01/06/2020

Dear Members,

We are pleased to welcome back our members and guests and advise that from 11am, Tuesday 9 June 2020, Club Marconi will re-open under strict restrictions in relation to capacity and entry requirements.

The recent Government announcement to ease restrictions on Clubs by allowing them to re-open, has given us extremely limited time to prepare. Our priority is the health and wellbeing of our members, guests, staff and suppliers and to ensure the Club is compliant with the NSW Health Orders and ensure a COVID- Safe environment, entry to our Club will be regulated with a mandated entry assessment.

This assessment and conditions of entry for all members, guests, staff and contractors will be:
Conditions include but are not limited to:

  • Members and guests will be required to sign in and out of the Club
  • Members and Guests to provide their mobile numbers and email addresses
  • Temperature checks on members and guests who enters our club (including staff and contractors)
  • Restrictions on the number of members and guests permitted in identified areas of the Club
  • Physical distancing of 1.5m through-out the Club
  • Members and guests must adhere to physical distancing rules and floor markings
  • Members and guests must adhere to signage and Club staff instructions
  • Members and guests must not loiter or stand around other members and guests
  • Members and guests must be seated to consume alcohol
  • Members and guests must limit group seating to no more than 10 people
  • Members and Guests must not partake in recreational activities or games
  • Members and Guests must not partake in social gatherings
  • Raffles, bingo, mah-jong, member’s draws and cards are not permitted
  • COVIDsafe Marshalls will be employed to ensure social distancing compliance, limiting co-mingling, loitering and promoting good personal hygiene
  • Additional cleaning and sanitation procedures will be in operation

The Heath Orders of the NSW Government have identified the conditions that the Club must comply and permitted to trade under and we can assure you we will be working hard to exceed these expectations by implementing procedures to ensure the health and safety of all members and guests as a priority.

All staff have undertaken WHS and Covid-19+ Risk Minimisation Training prior to the re-opening and the Club has undergone a viral sanitation clean.

The Club in the interim will open at 11am each day.

The Board, Management and Staff will ensure complete compliance and not compromise the Club, members, guests and staff. Your co-operation and understanding is appreciated and we apologise in advance should the mandatory restrictions not allow you to enter the Club.

Finally, we encourage all our Members to download the Government’s COVIDSafe app to continue to keep, not only our most vulnerable members but the whole community safe.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, Management and Staff we are thinking of and support you all to follow the physical distancing guidelines and keep safe.

Look forward to welcoming you back from next Tuesday.

19/05/2020

Dear Members

We are not quite there yet, but the day to reopen Club Marconi is getting much closer!

The community continues to make steady progress in the fight against COVID-19 and the NSW Government has announced a number of stage 1 easing of restrictions. Now cafes, restaurants, pubs and clubs can reopen dining facilities for up to 10 people during this stage.

As a loyal member you can appreciate that unfortunately it is not feasible to open a club of our size for just 10 patrons. We must be patient and wait for the NSW Government to approve further easing of restrictions.

Last week, the Prime Minister outlined a three step pathway to easing restrictions across the country. The pace of these three steps will be determined by the individual States. In NSW, the Government is taking a cautious approach due to the greater population and higher levels of infection in our state. In light of this, Club Marconi will remain closed until restrictions are further eased and it is viable for us to welcome our Members and guests back safely.

In the meantime, Club staff have been busy contacting our elderly and most vulnerable members to check on their wellbeing and last week a number of staff volunteered to roast chestnuts for the residents of SWIAA.

We thank our committed staff who continue to maintain a positive attitude and commitment to our Club during these unprecedented and difficult times. All our staff have been stood down due to the closure of our venue. This has had a major effect on their work and family lives, and it has been pleasing that the Club has been able to assist the majority of our workforce by qualifying for the Federal Government’s JobKeeper programme.

On Thursday 21 May we are launching a takeaway and delivery service and our Football Programme will recommence training on Monday 25 May, with restrictions on training groups of no more than 10 including players and coaches.

Recently there has been multiple media reports about the precarious state of finances of many licensed clubs and potentially 40% not surviving the COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst the Club during the mandatory ‘shutdown” will experience a loss in budgeted revenue of $13.7m, the Board is confident that with a number of cost cutting measures and realignment of the business, the Club will survive this pandemic.

Management with Board approval have accessed additional banking facilities to ensure that we can adequately support the operations of the business and progressively fund capital works over the next 18 months.

The uncertainty of a confirmed time line by Government to re-open and the ability to operate the business with gatherings has slowed the capital works of the Doltone House project. These works will re-commence as Government provides greater clarity on the capability to conduct social activities, gatherings and events of more than 100 people.

COVID-19 will also hinder the Club’s capacity to financially support community and sporting activities that are traditionally and generously funded through ClubGrants.

Finally, we encourage all our Members to download the Government’s COVIDSafe app to continue to keep, not only our most vulnerable members but the whole community safe and empowering our Club to open sooner rather than later.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, Management and Staff we are thinking of and support you all to follow the social distancing guidelines and keep safe.

23/03/2020

Important update for members, guests and visitors of Club Marconi:

On Sunday night, 22nd March 2020, the Prime Minister announced a new set of restrictions on indoor gatherings aimed at controlling the spread of COVID-19 in Australia.

As a part of these restrictions on indoor gatherings, pubs, clubs, restaurants, cafes, gyms and places of worship will be closed from today, Monday 23rd March 2020.

Unfortunately, as a result of these restrictions we have shut down our club. We are disappointed and saddened to have to close our doors to our Members and guests, but as always, our number one priority is the health and safety of our Members, guests and employees. We take these new restrictions very seriously and will ensure strict compliance.

We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and will provide regular updates.

To keep up to date with information regarding our Club, please follow us on Facebook visit our website www.clubmarconi.com.au or social media.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, Management and staff we would like to thank you for your understanding and ongoing support during this difficult time. We hope that everyone stays safe and wish you the best of health during what has become an uncertain and very challenging time.

Kind regards,
Tony Zappia
Cheif Executive officer

20/03/2020

Please be advised the following promotions and events have been cancelled / postponed until further notice:

Events & Entertainment:
– Chestnut Day
– Italian Republic Day
– Bambini Thursday
– Bambini Holidays
– Friday Entertainment
– Saturday Entertainment
– Sunday Entertainment
– The Wiggles Fun & Games Tour

Promotions:
– Friday Bingo
– Friday Raffle
– Poker Tournaments
– Poker Weekly Games
– Wednesday Bingo
– Mahjong
– Sunday Raffle
– Members Badge Draw With A SPIN!
– Crack The Case
– Easter Show Ticket Giveaway
– Hamilton Island Giveaway

Food & Beverage Specials:
– Bingo Special
– $12 Meals At The Piazza
– Kids Eat Free At The Piazza

18/03/2020

Following on recommendations from NSW Health, under Section 7 of the Public Health Act 2010 forcing the immediate closure of non-essential events with more than 100 people (indoors), Club Marconi will immediately be cancelling all promotions and entertainment within the venue.

This will include the Crack The Case and Members Badge Draw With A SPIN! Promotions, and the cancellation of TPL permits LTPS/19/41093 and LTPS/19/40997.

The health and safety of our members and guests are our top priority during this time. By cancelling these promotions, we will limit the number of guests within the venue and encourage social distancing.

17/03/2020

Following on recommendations from NSW Health, under Section 7 of the Public Health Act 2010 forcing the immediate closure of non-essential events with more than 500 people, Club Marconi regret to announce the cancellation of the 2020 Chestnut & Wine, and the Italian Republic Day festivals.

These events are part of the annual Club Marconi event calendar and are a staple of the culture here at Club Marconi.

We understand the disappointment this may cause however Club Marconi is taking the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) very seriously and will do all we can to help minimise the spread, and risk, of our members and guests.

16/03/2020

In these uncertain and challenging times, I write on behalf of the Board of Directors, Management and staff  to inform you personally of the additional measures we are implementing at Club Marconi regarding the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

As has always been, the health, safety and security of our members, guests and team members is, and will always remain our highest priority. We take great pride in maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene. In response to the coronavirus, we have taken additional measures to ensure our cleaning and hygiene protocols are even more rigorous.

  1. Our staff are continually receiving ongoing information and operating protocols
  2. We have implemented a vigorous cleaning schedule, particularly in our high traffic areas such as foyers, gaming floors, bars and restaurants.  These areas are wiped down regularly with clean cloths and antibacterial products.
  3. We have installed and increased the deployment of antibacterial hand sanitisers throughout our club – foyer entrance, member’s entrance, throughout the gaming areas, piazza, bar and restaurant areas.
  4. As well as our staff being instructed to personally use hand sanitisers regularly, staff have been issued with pump hand sanitisers and are encouraging our members and guests to use them as they enter our premises, in particular when entering our restaurants.
  5. We will continue to adjust food and beverage service in accordance with current food safety recommendations.
  6. Staff who are unwell or have travelled overseas are not permitted to return to work until they have been assessed by our Human Resource Department including, where necessary, obtaining the appropriate health clearances.
  7. We will continue to closely monitor expert medical advice and implement recommendations, we ask that you in turn use responsible behaviour and judgement during these times. If you develop a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath you seek medical attention: call your GP or in an emergency, your local hospital emergency department
  8. Protect yourself and others: clean your hands regularly, cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. – stay at home if you’re feeling unwell.

The Club will continue consultations with Clubs NSW and the relevant State and Federal Government authorities to ensure we respond immediately and appropriately to the changing circumstances.

The Board assures you that management are implementing as many measures as physically possible to ensure the safety of our members, guests and staff. If you have any concerns, please feel free to contact us via our website.

May I also take this opportunity to acknowledge that we understand the short- term challenges and uncertainty ahead and assure you, the prayers and thoughts of the Board, Management and staff are with you all.