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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 were able to continue while other have resumed under special arrangements.

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

The Branch Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday 21 July by a Zoom  video-conference. 

Branch Library

We have re-opened the branch on a somewhat restricted basis.

Opening Hours are currently:

Tuesday 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Wednesday 9.30 am - 12.30 pm and

Saturday 1:30 pm – 4:30 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 ten people at any one time. This means time limits on our computers may apply.

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 and 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.

Contact details must be provided on entry either on paper or by using our QR code and the Check in Tas app.

Enquiries can be made by contacting 6245 9351 .

DNA Interest Group

The regular DNA Interest Group had  been meeting by Zoom, but has now resumed 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 volunteers to wipe surfaces 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 11 February 2021

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Site last updated May  2021   COVID-19 Impacts
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