Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA) is continuing to closely monitor the impacts and spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 

The safety and well-being of our guests is always our priority and while our World Heritage Site and tours are closed indefinitely, we have taken steps to help keep our staff and our communities safe.

What we’re doing:

  • Closed our site and Visitor Centre and suspended all tours indefinitely.
  • Increased cleaning and sanitizing of high-touch surfaces and spaces at ticketing, handrails, toilets and the Matrons Cottage using fresh cleaning cloths and disinfectants that are effective against the coronavirus.
  • Ensuring our staff exercise due diligence with best practice personal hygiene.
  • Reducing the number of people in any one indoor space to under 25 people per 100 square metres and encouraging social distancing on tours.
  • Increasing the use and availability of hand-sanitizer, gloves and other personal protective equipment.
  • Keeping our visitors informed. We are committed to supporting public health authorities with any identified cases or concerns of potential transmission in the community and believe that transparency is key to everyone’s safety.
  • Providing full refunds for any visitors who have booked tickets during this period of closure.
  • Keeping our staff informed on the latest developments about COVID-19 and supporting any of our people who need to self-isolate. 

How you can help us all to stay safe:

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
  • Maintain social distancing of at least 1.5 metre (5 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Refrain from handshakes or hugs.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Practice good respiratory hygiene by covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek phone your doctor or health direct 1800 022 222.