27 September 2023

COVID-19 crashes Carillon birthday

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The 50th birthday of the National Carillon is to be postponed in the wake of the new public gathering restrictions announced by the National Cabinet, the National Capital Authority (NCA) has revealed.

The birthday postponement is one of a number of changes announced by the NCA in the wake of new COVID-19 control measures.

It said all NCA public and volunteer programs were postponed until further notice, along with the birthday celebrations planned for the Carillon in April.

“We will need to celebrate the Carillon’s 50th birthday later in its birthday year and not on 26 April as previously planned,” the NCA said.

It said it had also closed the National Capital Exhibition, Blundells Cottage and all playgrounds and barbecue areas until further notice, while public toilets remained open.

“As per Government advice, the NCA’s workforce will be primarily working from home, where possible,” the Authority said.

“We appreciate your patience as we transition through these new working arrangements.”

It said staff were currently managing a number of enquiries regarding pay parking operations within NCA-managed car parks.

“There have been a number of reports surrounding parking enforcement, and some confusion around the closure of a number of the Cultural Institutions that have associated carparks,” it said.

“The NCA wishes to advise that pay parking operations are still in force throughout NCA-managed car parks and all NCA sites remain open.”

It said it would closely monitor the developing situation in relation to COVID-19 and follow all advice from authorities in the management of NCA sites and operations.

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