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Fed Square is overseeing a staged and carefully coordinated reopening of Federation Square as coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions start to ease, in line with the latest Government health advice.
Following the easing of some restrictions on 1 June, several of the food and beverage retailers at Federation Square have now reopened in a limited capacity, with the remaining restaurants, bars and cafes likely to resume operating in the coming weeks.
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia has announced plans to reopen the gallery from 27 June, while the Koorie Heritage Trust is planning to reopen in early July, with a date to be announced shortly.
In line with Federation Square tenancies reopening, Fed Square is planning to resume the precinct’s weekly activities, such as tai chi and meditation, from July. These activities will adhere to the latest restrictions on public gatherings and physical distancing.
The Digital Façade, a major attraction for many visitors to the precinct, will also return to screening a variety of compelling programming from later this month.
Fed Square is also working in consultation with the Victorian Government and industry to develop guidelines for the safe and successful delivery of events at Federation Square, with full details of these guidelines to be shared in due course. Fed Square is committed to working with the government and event organisers to identify when events will be able to return and how they can safely operate.
With visitors returning to Federation Square, several measures are being put in place by Fed Square to make the precinct as a safe place for everyone including:
Commenting on the reopening plans, Fed Square CEO Xavier Csar said:
“Fed Square is Melbourne’s meeting place and one of our state’s most popular visitor destinations, and we are very excited to be putting in place plans to ensure that people can feel safe when they visit – whether that is for a meal, to attend a gallery, or just to relax in the Square.
“While we are eager to have the public returning to Fed Square, we also want to ensure we are following best practice when it comes to reopening in way that is safe for the community we serve. That is why we are implementing a planned and staged reopening and will always err on the side of caution throughout the recovery phase.”