Regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19)

Thursday 26 March

Our building remains closed to both the public and to staff, and our public events have been cancelled for the foreseeable future. In place, we're working on expanding our offering of live-streamed events – we announced three this week – and digital publishing (aka 'good things to watch, read and listen to'). Subscribe to our newsletter for updates.

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.

It's a challenging time for everybody. Take care of each other, stay connected to whatever or whomever sustains you, and be safe.

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.

Like many of you, we're closely monitoring the unfolding coronavirus situation. We have now started to cancel 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. 

The advice of the Commonwealth’s Chief Medical Officer is changing quickly. According to advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC), those undergoing COVID-19 testing should not attend public gatherings until they have received their results. Public events of different sizes are being cancelled around the world.

As official advice and public health best practice evolves, our response will too. 

For any events that are cancelled, we will contact all bookers to inform them of the change and to arrange refunds, and post updates on Twitter and Facebook.