Regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19)
Like many of you, we're closely monitoring the unfolding coronavirus situation. We've cancelled events, and are continually and carefully assessing our position and our plans. We believe that precaution is meaningful and a proactive stance can shift the breadth and severity of impact on the health system. Our decisions reflect our focus on the safety of our speakers, audiences, staff and community.
In place, we're working on expanding our offering of live-streamed events and digital publishing (aka 'good things to watch, read and listen to'). We've hit the phones, spreadsheet in hand, and some of us have set up streaming and production equipment in our homes, too. The Wheeler Centre is most definitely still here – and up for conversation.
Subscribe to our newsletter for updates. (And if you're able to donate to support our adaptation, you can do so here; thank you.) It's a challenging time for everybody. Take care of each other, stay connected to whatever or whomever sustains you, and be safe.
As official advice and public health best practice evolves, our response will too.
Friday 3 April
The State of Victoria is currently under Stage 3 Restrictions – we're all staying at home, if we're able to – and we've received advice from State Library Victoria that our entire building will be completely closed to the public (and to staff) until at least 30 June 2020. So – no physical events will be held in our Performance Space for a couple more months.
Monday 16 March
All our events from today up to Thursday 7 May 2020 will be cancelled as a preventative step to help stem the spread of coronavirus COVID-19. Refunds will be issued automatically if applicable. We apologise for the disappointment. We're currently in the process of notifying all guests, ticket holders and our broader audience. In line with our arts and cultural partners, the Wheeler Centre is closing as a cautious and prudent response to an evolving situation.
If you suspect you have experienced (or are experiencing) symptoms of COVID-19, please follow the latest advice to seek medical attention and request a test. The Australian Government's information about the virus is available here, and the Victorian Government's resources can be found here.