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Phase 2: Targeted Action

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Updates from management

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Restrictions are extended to the following:

 

  • food courts (except for take away)

  • auction houses, real estate auctions and open houses

  • personal services (beauty, nail, tanning, waxing and tattoo salons)

  • spa and massage parlours, excluding health related services such as physiotherapy

  • amusement parks, arcades and play centres (indoor and outdoor)

  • strip clubs, brothels and sex on premises venues.

  • galleries, national institutions, historic sites and museums

  • health clubs, fitness centres, yoga, barre and spin facilities, saunas, bathhouses and wellness centres and swimming pools

  • community facilities such as community halls, libraries and youth centres, RSL and PCYC

  • gaming and gambling venues

  • indoor and outdoor markets (excluding food markets). States and territories will make their own announcements about this.

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

We are not in Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Response plan that is being implemented by the Australian government. 

This means closure of all:

  • Libraries, museums, and galleries

  • Beauty parlours and tattoo studios

  • Shopping center food courts

  • Auctions and open houses

  • Amusement parks, arcades, and indoor and outdoor play centers 

  • Swimming pools and indoor exercise activities 

All weddings and funerals are restricted to 5 and 10 people respectively.

Retail stores, including supermarkets and bottle shops, remain open at this stage. All Australians have been told to stay at home except for essential outings (work, grocery shopping, medical appointments, medical supplies, etc). 

Exercising outside alone or with a friend (support workers included) is okay. 

 

What this means for AmeCare:

 

  • We are doing everything possible to maintain as much routine and stability for our clients as possible, and putting in additional measures to manage and reduce risk. We have had to put restrictions on a lot of 1:1 outings until the foreseeable future due to the risk to clients and staff who will be going into various environments where we will have limited control.

  • This means your roster or weekly schedule may look different than usual, as we are trying to minimise the locations each of you travel to each week. 

  • The epidemic that is happening is unfortunately not within our control. What we can control, we are controlling and managing as much as possible.

 

As we are an essential service, it is imperative all members of the organisation practice social distancing as much as possible.

 

To reduce the spread of germs in the workplace:

  • Stay at home if you are sick

  • Stop handshaking as a greeting

  • Hold meetings via video conferencing or phone call (we are looking into this as an option for essential meetings and touching base with clients and employees)

  • Defer large meetings

  • Promote good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene and use hand sanitiser where possible

  • Take lunch and eat outside rather than in enclosed spaces or indoors

  • Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces regularly

  • Consider opening windows and adjusting air conditioning/heating for more ventilation

  • Limit food handling and sharing of food in the workplace

  • Reconsider non-essential business travel

 

Please look after yourselves as much as possible and please keep open communication with us about how you’re feeling and what additional supports you may need.

 

Please look at our Covid-19 Resource Page for advice, support, and links to support you, your family and participants.

Monday, 23 March 2020

 

The following facilities are restricted from opening:

  • pubs, registered and licensed clubs (excluding bottle shops attached to these venues), hotels (excluding accommodation)

  • gyms and indoor sporting venues

  • cinemas, entertainment venues, casinos and night clubs

  • restaurants and cafes will be restricted to takeaway and/or home delivery

  • religious gatherings, places of worship or funerals (in enclosed spaces and other than very small groups and where the 1 person per 4 square meter rule applies)