Wayside Chapel’s Response to COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Wayside Chapel is implementing and updating our response to coronavirus in relation to our provision of services to visitors, as well as addressing work, health, and safety concerns for staff, volunteers, and community programs. Wayside Chapel is continuing to follow the advice of the Australian Government, Chief Medical Officer and the Australian Government Department of Health and working with program partners to ensure that all possible procedures are put in place to minimise risks relating to coronavirus and community transmission.

Operational Change Update – 13 September 2021

Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak and lockdown across Greater Sydney, Wayside Chapel is imposing the following COVID-safe operations:

  • CSC Kings Cross and Bondi will be open at reduced opening hours 9:30am to 1pm (Bondi from 9am) for limited practical assistance and emergency care, including showers and basic clothes
  • Care coordination will be provided onsite and by trained teams working remotely from home
  • Low-Cost Cafes will be takeaway only from 10.30 to 11:30am (From 9am in Bondi)
  • Staff must always wear surgical face masks and either a face shield or eye protection goggles when face to face with visitors
  • Vigilant sanitisation of all high contact touch points, including surface areas and hands
  • Staff continue to practice social distancing and face to face interactions with visitors must be limited to 15 minutes
  • 4 metre square minimum physical distancing applies at all times
  • Check in of all visitors coming onto Wayside property, including online and manual records
  • Routine cleaning of the service environment
  • Foot and van outreach teams will provide connection and support to people experiencing homelessness and people isolated in their homes
  • Temporary accommodation, provided by NSW Government, is being assertively promoted to visitors sleeping rough for the period of lockdown and longer should they be seeking permanent housing, in both our outreach and CSC program
  • The Aboriginal Cultural Centre and After Hours Homelessness Hub will be temporarily suspended until further notice, with staff being redeployed to CSCs and outreach services
  • All staff work who can work from home will continue to do so, including the Wingspan and Remote Care Coordination teams.
  • Any staff entering our community service centres from other parts of the building must wear a surgical mask
  • Heart Cafe continues to provide takeaway food and drinks only.
  • The online op shop has reopened using their existing COVID safe plan

See full Media Statement here. 

Any questions, please call (02) 9581 9101 or email [email protected].