COVID-19 News Bulletin 20/3/20

Zoom in for a Chat!
The first online chat with the State President this morning went really well, and everyone who participated agreed to conduct this fun catch up weekly. This initiative is designed to focus on “extending the hand of friendship” with CWA members to deal with everyone feeling isolated. #Forgetmenot

We would love you to be involved next time, so here are the meeting details:

When: Every Friday from 27 March 2020 (Excluding Good Friday)
Time: 10am to 11am
Where: online via Zoom

If you have access to the internet on your computer or mobile phone, we would love you to join our State President Elaine for a weekly cuppa and a chat.  You can either join the meeting by clicking on the link below, or you can open a Zoom session and type in the meeting ID: 643 944 786. This recurring meeting ID will be the same one used every week, so make sure you save it in a safe place. If you don’t have videoconferencing you can also dial in on your regular phone via one of the numbers listed below and then put in the meeting ID when prompted. We hope to see  or hear from you each Friday!

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/643944786 
Meeting ID: 643 944 786

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Meeting ID: 643 944 786
State Office Phone Number

As you know the State Office was temporarily closed on Monday, 16 March 2020.  Please note that the main phone lines only manned for a few hours in the morning and in the afternoon.  However, you can leave a message and we will attempt to return your call as soon as possible.  We are living in unprecedented times, so please be patient.

If the matter is urgent (only) please contact:

  • CEO:  Jackie Farmer on 0476 500 441
  • State President:  Elaine Johnson on 0436 524 566

Accounts Request to Branch Treasurers
Please could branches make electronic payments wherever possible to do so.  Or, if your branch does not have on-line banking capability, please arrange with your bank to do a transfer to the State Office bank account.  This can also be organised by fax instructions.

We need to be aware that as the situation continues and self-isolation may become more restrictive, postal services may be affected.  Also, staff may soon not be available to collect and process cheques.

If you have not forwarded your Branch Audited Financial Reports and documentation, please scan and email these to:  accounts@cwaofwa.asn.au

Updated Social Distancing Rules

The following information is supplied from AHPPC (Australian Health Protection Principal Committee)

Recommendation on public gatherings – General Population – Indoor Gatherings
Non-essential indoor gatherings of greater than 100 people will no longer be permitted. Risk mitigation should be applied to gatherings of fewer than 100 people including the following:

  • In a given occupied space, there must be a density of no more than one person per four square metres of floor space.
  • Availability of hand hygiene products and suitable waste receptacles, with frequent cleaning and waste disposal.
  • Promotion of the Department of Health recommendations for unwell individuals to isolate at home and not attend.
  • For settings where there is ongoing movement and an increased number of interactions between individuals, an individual’s attendance should be less than two hours duration.
  • For settings that are primarily static such as theatres, restaurants, cinemas, sporting events, an individual’s attendance should be limited to four hours duration.
Examples:
  • Cinemas and theatres to implement decreased density of patrons, which could include alternate seating, staggered seating and alternate rows, except for family groups who may be seated together.
  • Seated restaurants may need to undertake a significant capacity reduction in order to meet the above density requirements.
  • Weddings and funerals will need larger spaces, staggered attendance or a reduced number of attendees to meet the above density requirements.
  • A symphony orchestra or choir will need to consider the measures mentioned above and amend practices to comply with recommendations.
Safe food and utensil handling statement for catering
The primary transmission route for COVID-19 is person-to-person; it may therefore be transmitted via utensils or plates that have been handled by someone who has COVID-19.
  • For catering, advise staff if they feel unwell to stay at home, and deny entry to staff who are unwell.
  • All food, including pre-packaged foods such as boxed lunches, should be prepared by staff trained in safe food handling practices.
    • Ensure hand washing facilities are accessible for staff and supplied with adequate soap and paper towels.
Social venues, pubs, clubs and nightclubs
The total number of people in a venue, including staff, must be fewer than 100 per uninterrupted space and the four square metres per individual rule must apply.

For more information, please go to:  https://www.health.gov.au/news/australian-health-protection-principal-committee-ahppc-coronavirus-covid-19-statement-on-18-march-2020-0

Government House Heritage Perth Open Day
This event has now been cancelled.

ACWW South Pacific Area Conference
This event has now been postponed until next year.

Please stay safe and well and have a happy weekend.