COVID Safety Plans revised 1 November 2021

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16 August, 2020

COVID Safety Plans in accordance with Public Health (Restricted Activities) Emergency Direction 2021 (No 5). 

From 3:00pm on 29 October 2021.

The ACT currently has the following restrictions in place for the community and business.

When out in the community, individuals need to remember to:

  • wear a mask and wear it properly
  • maintain good hand hygiene
  • physical distance from people outside of your household - at least 1.5 metres, and
  • check in everywhere you go with the Check In CBR app.

Core Restrictions and Guidelines

  • COVID-19 Safety Plans must be prepared by certain businesses and able to be produced if requested by an authorised officer.
  • COVID-19 Safety Checklist for Small Business
  • COVID-19 Safety Guidelines
  • Certain businesses and venues must continue using Check in CBR app [Places of Worship are included in certain businesses]

Face Coverings/Masks

  • Must be carried at all times.
  • All individuals aged 12 years and over must wear a face mask upon leaving home when in indoor areas, including in workplaces.
  • Only children in years 7 to 12 are required to wear a face mask while in indoor spaces at school.
  • A person is not required to wear a face mask if they have a physical or mental health illness or condition, or disability, which makes wearing a face mask detrimental to their condition.
  • A person may remove their face mask in an indoor space in the following situations:
  • when consuming food, drink or medicine.
  • when communicating with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing and visibility of the mouth is essential for communication.

Places of Worship

  • 25 people across the venue before density limits apply (exc staff).
  • If more than 25 people, venues can apply:
  • One person per four square metres within each indoor space (exc staff), and
  • One person per two square metres within each outdoor space up to 300 people (exc staff).
  • Choirs should remain at least 1.5 metres away from congregation. Congregational singing should be minimised.

Put up signs

  • Display a sign at the entrance saying how many people can be in the venue.
  • Place signs at the entry to each usable space saying how many people can be in that space.
  • Display messaging for patrons to stay home if unwell.
  • Find the signage that best suits your venue/event at our Business resources page.

Manage the crowd

  • Manage the flow of people to promote physical distancing, particularly where people enter and leave the place of worship.
  • Encourage those attending to keep 1.5 metres away from other people/groups they do not know.
  • Discourage gatherings in communal spaces.

Keep places of worship COVID Safe

  • Avoid using collection plates and other shared equipment during services.
  • Limit the use of books, if possible.
  • Clean any shared equipment and books between each use.
  • Keep the number of church leaders and others involved in the service to a minimum and ask them to remain physically distanced
  • Singing carries a high risk due to increased droplet spread. Information about singing as a high-risk activity is available on the Protect yourself page.**
  • Minimise the number of choir members in each service. Choir members should stay at least two metres away from the congregation, those conducting the service/event and, if possible, 1.5 metres from each other when singing.
  • Minimise the number of musicians in each service. Musicians must stay at 1.5 metres away from the congregation, those conducting the service and, if possible, each other.
  • Encourage physical distancing of 1.5 metres between each group or household.
  • Increase the frequency of cleaning for high touch areas and restroom facilities.

Keep COVID safe

  • Follow your COVID Safety Plan.
  • Clean high-touch areas and objects frequently - download the WorkSafe cleaning checklist for more information.
  • Encourage physical distancing of 1.5 metres between people and groups that don’t know each other.
  • Ask any guests, staff or people conducting the service to stay home if they are feeling unwell.

What visitors need to do

Along with your responsibilities as a business or venue, your patrons and visitors have personal responsibilities when out and about as well.

They need to:

  • Use the Check In CBR app to check in. If they don’t have the Check In CBR app, use the business profile mode to check them in.
  • Take personal responsibility for their own safety, by practising COVID-safe behaviours:
  • Keep 1.5 metres away from people or groups they don’t know.
  • Avoid hugging, kissing or shaking hands
  • Maintain good personal hygiene, including regular hand washing or sanitising.
  • Stay home if they’re unwell and get tested if they have any COVID-19 symptoms. Do not congregate in large groups and maintain physical distancing while queuing