Letter to Member; COVID-19. UPDATE: 1 July Changes; Brewers; And Chamber Communications (16 June 2020)

June 16, 2020

Dear Member / Friend,

Inside Venue Changes

  • The number of people allowed at inside venues (currently 50) will be determined by the 4 square metre rule with no upper limit.
  • All activity is to be seated.
  • Nightclubs and music festivals without organised seating remain.
  • If you are having a wedding, guests need to be seated, and not dancing or standing at a bar.

Outside Changes

  • Cultural and sporting events at outdoor venues with a maximum capacity of up to 40,000 people will be allowed up to 25% of their normal capacity. Events need to be ticketed and seating must follow strict guidelines.
  • Children’s sport and community sports competitions for people aged 18 and under will be allowed
  • Adult community sport can also recommence.


  • Numbers for funerals and memorial services will be unlimited, with one person per 4 square metres.

No Changes

  •  Restrictions on guests at home to 20 people and 20 for outside gatherings remain.

Last Thursday (11 June), the State Government announced a support package for independent brewers hit by drought, bushfires and COVID-19. There is to be funding of $135,000 to provide resources and support to craft breweries. I hope this provides some support to local brewers.

Following the introduction of COVID-19 into Australia, the Chamber, in order to better support our members and the broader business community, expanded its communications efforts significantly.

These include introducing this e-newsletter COVID-19 Business advisory, expanded our social media channels (from a Facebook page and Twitter account) to include a LinkedIn page, as well as forming two new Facebook groups (‘COVID-19 Business Advisory and Resources’ and ‘Re-imagining and re-engineering business (COVID-19)’. We will also shortly set up an Instagram account to further support our communication endeavours.

While we are not out of the woods, and there will be more announcements to be made, I think we should be positive and look to the future – a future which may well be difficult to manage.

I stress we are not out of the woods. Social distancing and related hygiene practices must be observed. We should though now be looking more to economic recovery in the Armidale region, while appreciating COVID-19 as a serious continuing threat, not to be ignored.

We are in the process of developing a survey instrument so we can ask not just our members, but our business community, how we can help. Not just through the immediate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic but into the future.

Stay safe and stay distant.

Kind Regards,


Armidale Business Chamber
0402 838 077

Armidale Business Chamber FREE business coaching package April 2020


The Armidale Business Chamber has put together a free business coaching package to support business as they adjust to significant change under very tight timeframes and difficult circumstances.

In partnership with Mandy Walker of Focus First the Chamber is providing a 45 minute one on one business coaching consultation (via phone).  Each session is tailored to the needs of the individual business, whether those are: 'tactical and practical, providing help with navigating the now; or survival, keeping your business afloat; or for future planning, reimagining your business or starting a new one.

The consult is by appointment only. Contact Mandy via email or phone 0459 098 618.

Join our dedicated Facebook Groups here:

COVID-19 Business Advisory and Resources

Re-imagining and Re-engineering Business (COVID-19)