COVID-19

Updated 22/07/2020

Good morning

Please find attached an updated alert from the ACT Chief Health Officer due to the increasing COVID-19 cases in NSW.  The Public Health Direction for specific NSW locations has been updated. The restrictions on travel from Victoria also remain in place. We appreciate your assistance in distributing this update.

Key information for NGOs and residential facilities:

Public Health Direction (new information in red)

  • A Public Health Direction came into effect in the ACT on Thursday 16 July at 11:59 AM in response to the COVID-19 cases in NSW. 
LocationDates
Casula: Crossroads HotelFri 3 July to Fri 10 July
Casula: Planet Fitness Sat 4 July to Fri 10 July
Picton: Picton HotelSat 4 July, Sun 5 July, Thu 9 July, Fri 10 July
Batemans Bay: Batemans Bay Soldiers ClubMon 13 July, Wed 15 July, Thu 16 July, Fri 17 July
  • From 11:59AM on Monday 20 July, individuals who attended the following locations on the specified dates are required to quarantine until 14 days after they were last in the location:

Key Accompanying Public Health Advice for NGOs and residential facilities

  • Anyone who is in quarantine under a Public Health Direction should not visit or work in a high-risk setting during their quarantine period, unless they are granted an exemption.
  • Anyone who is in quarantine under a Public Health Direction should not provide home-based aged care, disability or other support services, unless they are granted an exemption.

This information is available on the ACT Health Website (https://www.health.act.gov.au/health-professionals/chief-health-officer-alerts).

Created – 14/07/2020

As restrictions ease, we look forward to helping you return to face to face Playgroup in Term 3 (week beginning Monday 20th July).

Attached you will find a checklist, which once filled out will act as your COVID 19 safe Playgroup plan.

We know it may seem like a lot of questions, however, filling out this checklist is very important for the safety of you and all who attend your Playgroup. Please take the time to carefully answer the questions. You will see there is a section about cleaning- please reach out if you are having issues sourcing cleaning/sanitising products. ACT Playgroups has a small number of hygiene and cleaning products available for Playgroups.

If you would like to further your knowledge on the importance of infection control, you can undertake the COVID-19 infection control online training. This is completely voluntary and more a FYI for you.

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covid-19-infection-control-training

It is vital that your playgroup records the weekly attendance. In the unlikely event that a COVID 19 case arise in Playgroup, the information provided on the attendance sheet will be used to contact those in attendance. A template for attendance is contained in the checklist provided.

Your venue provider may also need to collect the weekly attendance sheets. If you or any of your Playgroup members have concerns about this, please get in touch with us.

We also have safety posters available for Playgroups to download via the Playgroup Australia website:

If you have questions before this phone call, please don’t hesitate to contact us at: play@playgroupact.org.au