THE HAMILTON MODEL ENGINEERS ARE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
It is with great sadness to announce, that after much discussion, the Hamilton Model Engineers Inc. have decided to close until further notice. This means all public operations of trains will stop entirely until further notice, effective immediately.
This decision was not made lightly, and we are incredibly sad we cannot be out there every Sunday putting a smile on the faces of families and our volunteers alike. But for the Health & Safety of the volunteer and the public, we cannot continue operation safely.
PLEASE READ BELOW FOR MORE IMPORTANT INFORMATION
23/03/2020 - The New Zealand Government has announced further restrictions over the past week in regards to public gatherings, and we feel our decision to remain closed fits these restrictions very well. Taking into consideration the new alert level, we have re-assessed for this week and will remain closed.
16/03/2020 - The New Zealand Government has announced all public events over 500 people in size, indoors or outdoors, should be cancelled. While we do not often have over 500 people in close proximity at the park, we can often have 100's. We are happy our decision aligns with this government view, and hope everyone can understand for Health & Safety reasons.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. Why have you closed?
A large number of our regular members partaking in public operations are at higher-risks of being affected by COVID-19 due to their age, many of whom are over 70, even over 80. This risk is significantly increased for members young & old who have underlying health issues. The Ministry of Health has supported this.
Q. What does this mean?
Trains will not be operating for the foreseeable future. We will not be open to the public on Sundays and all bookings will be cancelled. All events (Twilight Night Runs) are also cancelled while we are closed.
Q. When will you re-open?
It's too early to say when we will re-open, but we will be monitoring this situation daily and discussing within our club. We will re-open when we are confident it is safe to do so.
Q. Can I still use my tickets?
Once we re-open, you are still able to use all tickets purchased, as they do not expire until fully used. We are not able to offer any refunds sorry.
Q. I was planning a Birthday Party or Function at Minogue Park, what does this mean?
For anyone planning an event or birthday party in Minogue Park, this can still take place as it is a Public Park, but the trains cannot provide rides to the public. We deeply apologise for this inconvenience.
Q. Do any of your members have COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?
No! None of our members that we are aware of, are diagnosed with COVID-19 nor have they shown signs. There is no risk to the public that attended any of our recent events held on March 14th & March 15th 2020. We have not heard of any cases of the virus being contracted from our premises during operation either. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 and/or have tested positive AND attended any events on our premises over March 14th/15th 2020, please contact the appropriate health providers and the Hamilton Model Engineers. This is important for us so we can alert members and potentially suggest self-isolation.
Q. Will you still be on-site?
Yes, some of our volunteers may still be on-site for working bees or other activities, but all public operations will be stopped effective immediately. Gatherings within our club and its members will be limited.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us below.