UPDATES REGARDING COVID-19

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION FOR FRUIT FLY COMMUNITY

Ensuring the safety of our students, customers and employees is our first priority.

The Flying Fruit Fly Circus is closely monitoring the situation and will act promptly on any updated advice from the Victorian Department of Health and the Federal Government.

 


Update 24th March

Dear Flying Fruit Fly Circus community and supporters, 

The Flying Fruit Fly Circus building is closed to the public until further notice.

In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, and to help keep the community safe and healthy, the building has now closed. Our staff are currently transitioning to working from home and developing remote learning options for our programs.

We are working with our staff and school to minimise the effects of this closure.

In light of the government’s decision to close all entertainment venues, gyms and indoor sporting facilities, the following programs have now been affected:

 

NATIONAL TRAINING PROJECT 2020

  • NTP 2020 will not go ahead
  • As registrations had not opened yet, no further actions need to be taken.

 

GIRLS WITH ALTITUDE

  • Girls With Altitude has been cancelled for 2020.
  • The Cube will contact all ticket holders regarding refunds. We ask that patrons please be patient and they will get to you as soon as they can.
  • We will continue to work on Girls With Altitude as our next major work, and hope to premiere the show in 2021.

 

THE GRAD SHOW

  • Due to venue and training facility closures for the foreseeable future, we have cancelled the Grad Show performances at The Cube in December.
  • The Cube will contact all ticket holders regarding refunds. We ask that patrons please be patient and they will get to you as soon as they can.
  • The Grad Show is an important opportunity for our graduating students to showcase their skills and say goodbye to the Fruit Fly Circus community.
  • We acknowledge that this is a very difficult year for our senior students, with potential limited access to teachers and to training facilities. We are committed to supporting them through this challenging year and ensuring they are confident and ready to graduate at the end of the year.
  • We are hopeful that we will be able to program a graduate showcase at the Flying Fruit Fly Circus at the end of the year.

 

BORDERVILLE CIRCUS FESTIVAL

  • At this stage we are unable to announce our plans for Borderville Circus Festival, which was scheduled for 5 – 12 December.
  • We are hopeful that we will be able to re-open in time to perform for our community at the end of the year and will update you when we can.

 

RECREATIONAL CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS

  • All recreational classes are cancelled from Friday 20 March
  • The Easter School Holiday Program is cancelled
  • Upcoming regular workshops, such as Fruit Bats and Bouncing River Leaders are cancelled until further notice.
  • Where appropriate, participants will be offered a pro-rata refund for the current term and full refund for the School Holiday program. Our team will contact you about your refund, please be patient as we work though this administrative process. Please note, any fees that are not refunded will be contributed directly to paying a relief package to our casual trainers. Our team will ask you whether you would like a refund or to donate your payment to this fund.

 

These are unprecedented circumstances for all of us. Together as a community, our most important task is to ensure our young people, our young artists, stay connected, engaged and positive. Circus is a physical and social art form, our building is a home from home, isolation from each other is an alien concept. But our strength is in the closeness of this community and our capacity to care and look out for each other.

 

The Flying Fruit Fly Circus is in a strong position to meet the coming challenges. While we are closing our front doors, we’re not going away, we are just doing things a little differently for a while.

 


Update 18th March

As current advice stands, both our schools are staying open next week until the end of term on Friday 27 March. As previously communicated, our select-entry training program will therefore continue on the usual schedule.

Here is a reminder of the additional measures we are taking:

  • To reduce the volume of people using the gym and building, we have ended our Recreational Class term early with Circus Tots this Friday (20 March) being the final class. From this time the building will only be open to our staff, select-entry students and their families.
  • On Saturday, in place of Circus Arts, our staff will thoroughly clean and sanitise the apparatus, mats and key areas of the gym.
  • Our cleaners will continue to provide additional cleaning and sanitisation of the building.
  • We will continue to promote the advised hygiene protocols to staff, students and visitors.
  • All casual staff will be paid next week as if the Rec Programs were still running to the end of Term.
  • Any staff who are unwell or need to stay away from the building next week, will be paid for missed shifts.
  • The building will be closed throughout the school holidays, except for pre-scheduled essential works. Permanent staff are encouraged to work from home during this time.

 

Important information:

  • If you feel unwell, please recover at home and stay away from the Circus.
  • If you are at higher risk of contracting coronavirus, through a pre-existing health condition or compromised immune system, please protect yourselves by staying away from the Circus at this time.

 

What else can you do to help?

  • Follow the latest health advice and recommendations to help keep our community as safe as possible.

 

These are challenging and stressful times for many of us throughout the community. Let’s work together, keep an eye on each other and spread the love (but not the germs!).


Update 16 March 2020

Due to updated advice from the Federal Government, we have implemented the following changes to our activities. The full-time select-entry program will continue while our academic partners remain open.

 

IF YOU ATTEND TERM-BASED RECREATIONAL CLASSES

We have made the decision to end this term one-week early from 12pm on Friday 20 March. Customers who have paid by-term in advance will receive a credit for when classes resume, this will be applied automatically to your account. Refunds will not be available. Call 02 6043 0777 or email circusartsadmin@fruitflycircus.com.au for any further information.

 

SCHOOL HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS

Our Circus Arts and Teen Extreme School Holiday workshops scheduled for 6 – 9 April 2020 have been cancelled. All participants have been contacted regarding their enrolment. We apologise for any inconvenience and hope we can run holiday workshops again later in the year.

 

DECKCHAIR CABARET – 23 MARCH 

The Deckchair Cabaret scheduled for this coming Monday 23 March will not go ahead. Students who were scheduled to perform will do so during their normal training.

 

NATIONAL TRAINING PROJECT

Registrations for the 2020 National Training Project were due to open on 1 April. We are closely monitoring the situation, and will announce whether NTP 2020 will go ahead on Friday 17 April.

We hope that this important annual event can occur in 2020 and thank you for your patience.

 

WHAT ARE WE DOING DIFFERENTLY AT THE CIRCUS?

As precautionary measures we are:

  1. Bringing the end of Term 1 recreational classes forward to finish on Friday 20 March
  2. Offering credit for future classes where applicable
  3. Advising staff, students and customers who are unwell to stay home
  4. Posting information on our social media page and around the building
  5. Locating hand sanitiser in public and staff areas
  6. Undertaking additional and more intense cleaning and sanitisation, particularly of high-contact surfaces
  7. Keeping doors open to public and office spaces to reduce multiple contact on handles
  8. Conducting regular CEO-level walk arounds to inspect the level of hygiene
  9. Following the steps of our pandemic policy and risk matrix
  10. Holding regular executive and board level meetings
  11. Briefing our staff and continuously reminding people about good hygiene practices
  12. Following and acting upon the latest and best advice from authorities

We will update information as and when required, always prioritising community health and safety.


 

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