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COVID-19 Guidance Tool for Non-Essential Activities

The purpose of this guidance tool is to assist life saving clubs and partners in the aquatics industry to determine if a non-essential activity should proceed based on current guidance for COVID-19 from State and Federal Government. This guidance tool should be used in addition to any activity-specific risk management practices (e.g. your activity’s specific risk assessment). Due to rapidly changing circumstances and resulting guidance from Federal and State Government, you should reassess your activity based on the prevailing guidance on a regular basis up until and during the activity.

An activity is defined as a program, service or event. For the purposes of this guidance tool, non-essential activities are defined as:

  • a) For life saving clubs, all activities EXCEPT lifesaving patrols and emergency services response activities.
  • b) For partners in the aquatics industry, all activities EXCEPT what your organization has defined as essential activities.

Instructions: Work through the questions below, referring to the notes where required.

NOTE THIS GUIDANCE IS ACCURATE AS AT 1800h on 19/03/2020. THIS WILL BE UPDATED AS THE GUIDANCE CHANGES.

QUESTION

IF ANSWER IS:

REFER NOTES

NO

YES

1 Will your activity stay within the mandated person capacity for indoor (100) and outdoor (500) activities? Cancel activity Go to next question (1)
2 Is your activity free of High Risk Attendees? Make the activity free of High Risk attendees or cancel the activity Go to next question (2)
3 Can you achieve the recommended social / physical distancing requirement of 1.5m? Cancel activity Go to next question (3)
4 Are other appropriate measures in place to reduce the risk of transmission during the activity? Cancel activity Go to next question (4)
5 Have you considered and exhausted alternative delivery / postponement options? Cancel activity Go to outcome
OUTCOME: If you have answered ‘Yes’ to all the questions above, you have assessed that your activity may go ahead as per current guidance from Federal and State Government.

NOTES

1 Reference:

https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-transmission-reduction-measures#ban-on-mass-gatherings

2 High Risk Attendees:
Person who i) are aged over 65 years, ii) have a cardiovascular disease, iii) have diabetes or high blood pressure, iv) have autoimmune diseases, v) have chronic respiratory disease, vi) have a fever, cough or shortness of breath, vii) have returned from international travel in the past month, viii) have recently been in close contact with a person with confirmed or suspected COVID-19.
Reference: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-groups-at-higher-risk-faqs
3 Reference:
https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-transmission-reduction-measures
4 Measures include:

  • spaces at each facility, surfaces and objects are regularly cleaned with disinfectant
  • provide hand washing guidance
  • promote regular and thorough hand washing by staff and participants
  • provide sanitising hand rub dispensers in prominent places around the event (particularly entry or high use areas such as a registration desk, change rooms, toilets or kiosk)
  • make sure dispensers are regularly refilled
  • promote exclusion of ill persons

Reference:
https://www.sportaus.gov.au/media-centre/news/minister-for-sport-issues-covid-19-guidelines-for-community-sport/_nocache

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