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Impact of COVID-19

In March the Committee reluctantly cancelled all public meetings, including the Branch AGM and closed the Branch Library in response to the COVD-19 pandemic. Some activities have been able to continue.

Journal

Members continue to receive the regular quarterly Tasmanian Ancestry. Perhaps this is an opportunity to write an article for inclusion in the journal – something you have been meaning to do, and now you have the time to do it.

Email Newsletters

Regular email newsletters are also continuing as usual and we also welcome any contributions to that.

AGM

At its June meeting the Committee decided to proceed with the Branch Annual General Meeting at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 21 July by a Zoom  video-conference. 

Branch Library

We are re-opening the branch on a restricted basis from 1 August.  Initially, Saturday and Tuesday opening and strictly by appointment only.

Hours available will be:

 Saturday 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm and

Tuesday 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

A COVID-19 Safety plan is in place covering the current safety standards required, ie 1.5m distancing where practicable plus cleaning and hygiene.

Given the limitations with the size and structure of our library building, we can only accommodate a maximum of 4 members/visitors at one time. The computer room will be limited to 2 people with access available to Ancestry and our general resources computers. Also the reference library room can accommodate a maximum of 2 people. Unfortunately there is no one-on-one help available, so members and visitors will need to operate independently.

Hand sanitiser must be used on entry with sanitising wipes used on computer equipment before use. Gloves must be used to access reference books and when finished books are to be placed into bins provided and not returned to the shelves. Sanitiser and gloves are provided. Bins are also available for glove & wipes disposal. Masks are not required at this time but if you feel more comfortable with one you are welcome to bring your own.

Pencils are required in the library if taking notes, we will make them available and they are to be taken with you when you leave.  Access to computers will be restricted to one hour sessions unless no other bookings are made for that day.

Name address and phone number will be required on entry as well as a declaration signed by members/visitors stating the following:

Bookings can be made by contacting 6245 9351 .

DNA Interest Group

The regular DNA Interest Group has been meeting by Zoom, but from 20 August will resume meeting at St Mark’s Church Hall, Bellerive, at 1.30pm on the third Thursday of the month. We aim to finish the formal part of the meeting by 3.00 pm to allow time to have a hot drink and (socially distanced) informal discussion after the meeting.    

We will have to comply with the facility’s COVID-19 Safety Plan, which includes requiring two volunteers to wipe surfaces and vacuum the hall at the end of each meeting.  

We ask that you BYO cup if you want a hot drink and each make a $2 (members) or $5 (non-members) donation towards the room hire cost.

Member Assistance

Many of you will turn to your own family research and tidy up the files, and in this instance, we can still offer research assistance to our members; the first hour is free. Please email us for details or requests.

Our best wishes go to all TFHS members and their families in this difficult period.

Updates will be provided on this page as the situation evolves.

Information current at 30 July 2020

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Site last updated June  2020   COVID-19 Impacts
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