Dear Members,

The Board and management have been working on a Plan to reopen the Club for several weeks.

The State Government has announced the progressive easing of the COVID-19 restrictions, commencing in early June.  Restaurant and café facilities for up to 20 people within an enclosed space can reopen with certain limitations, and gatherings of up to 20 people will also be allowed.  Hospitality Industry Guidelines for Coronavirus were issued earlier this week, which outline the requirements for businesses to reopen safely.   

The Board met yesterday and considered the latest advice, guidance, requirements to reopen and the status of the Club’s reopening plan.

I am very pleased to advise the Board has approved the reopening of the Club to Members on Tuesday 9 June 2020.  We are taking a careful and cautious approach to reopening and will be monitoring the situation very closely.

Initially, the Club opening hours will be 9.30 am to 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday.  The following Member services will be offered:

Level 1 Café style Dining for up to 20 Members at a time.

The Clubroom on Level 1 will re-open for ‘café style’ food service, with a new and expanded menu.  It is a requirement that Members are seated for their meal with no more than 6 in a group. 

Gatherings of less than 20 Members

Small circles and classes can recommence meetings at the Club during the operating hours should they wish to do so, noting the limit of 20 people per enclosed space and social distancing requirements.

Judith Troeth and Sue Blake will be making contact with all circle convenors and coordinators next week to gauge the level of interest of each group in resuming activities at the Club and possible timings.

Members can be assured the extensive program of activities via Zoom will continue for the foreseeable future.

Private Events for up to 20 people

The Club can now host private events for up to 20 people, subject to social distancing requirements.  Please contact Philip Chetham if you would like to make a booking.


The Library will reopen for Members to return and borrow books.  The Library computer work areas, keyboards and mice must be sanitised after each Member use.  Catering will not be available in the Library at this time.


The Club’s accommodation will reopen on Tuesday 9 June. 

Car Park

The Club’s car park is available for Members.  Please book as usual on line or with reception. 

Bookings are essential

To comply with social distancing requirements, there will be limits on the Club’s capacity, particularly in the first few weeks of reopening.  The Club is also required to keep a record of all Member attendances.  For these reasons, we kindly request all Members to book with reception if they intend to visit the Club for any purpose.

Please be advised the Club is unable to admit more than the Government prescribed number at any one time, and cannot guarantee Member entry to the Club if a booking has not been made.

Members first

As numbers in the Club will be heavily constrained in the early stages of reopening, the Board has adopted a ‘Members first’ approach and suspended guest access to the Club until further notice.

Changed arrangements

To comply with government regulations and reduce the risk of disease transmission, there will be a number of necessary changes to how some things work in the Club.  These will be advised to Members prior to reopening.  The Board has approved a new temporary COVIDSafe Reopening Bylaw to ensure the smooth operation of the Club in the coming months.  This will be circulated to Members tomorrow via Lyceum@ Large and will also be available on the Website.

Staying safe and taking care of each other

Once the Club reopens, Members who are unwell should not attend the Club under any circumstances.  The Club has implemented daily staff health screening, which includes temperature checking.  Increased frequency of cleaning, reducing touchpoints, encouraging basic hygiene measures and social distancing underpin the Club’s COVIDSafe Planning. 

The Board recognises these are uncertain times and there is some level of risk to the community as restrictions are eased.  Members can be confident the Board is closely overseeing the arrangements for reopening the Club and the safety measures that have been put in place to protect Members and staff.  Whilst we look forward to welcoming Members back to the Club, we respect that Members will make their own decision about when is the right time for them to return to Ridgway Place.

With best wishes

Yvonne Panagacos


28 May 2020