Wayside Chapel is currently implementing a 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 currently following 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.
At this stage our focus is on immediate risk mitigation and preventative measures. However Wayside acknowledges that there will likely be more changes announced in the near future.
Wayside are activating the following changes in our operations in response to COVID-19:
Other Risk Mitigation Strategies
Wayside Chapel is monitoring information and following advice from Chief Medical Officer on a daily basis at www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert. A dedicated staff member has been assigned to monitor this and she will check the advice daily and provide details to the Executive for further decisions.
Messaging for Visitors, Staff, In-reach Providers, Corporate Visitors, Event Patrons and Volunteers
Protecting Yourself and Others
To help reduce the spread please ensure you follow the good hygiene practices below to protect yourself and others:
If Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms
Any person who has symptoms including fever, coughing, sore throat, fatigue, and shortness of breath; been diagnosed with COVID-19, have recently returned from overseas (or come into contact with someone who has); or have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 must:
Staff Procedures Regarding Visitors Feeling Unwell and/or Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms
Staff who identifies any visitor displaying symptoms including fever, coughing, sore throat, fatigue, and shortness of breath; has been diagnosed with COVID-19; have recently returned from overseas (or come into contact with someone who has); or have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 must follow the procedures:
Business and Personal Travel: Self-isolation Requirements
Australia’s borders are now closed.
A travel ban has been is in place for the rest of the world, and people have been directed to not travel internationally.
Wayside requires all Visitors, Staff, In-reach Providers, Corporate Visitors, Event Patrons and Volunteers to not attend Wayside and self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival to Australia if they have recently travelled internationally to any country, or returned from overseas.
This applies all people – whether they be citizens, residents or visitors – will be required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival in Australia.
If you have had close contact with anyone who has recently traveled overseas, we ask that you observe the same precautions.
If you are planning to meet with international clients or visitors in coming weeks (particularly people travelling from the countries identified above), we strongly recommend you doing so via teleconference or Video Conference.
We are not currently placing any restrictions on domestic travel. We will continue to monitor the situation. Where possible, we recommend limiting travel and exploring alternative meeting arrangements (i.e. virtual).Click here to donate to our emergency appeal