COVID-19

Latest NSW Health restrictions (31st March 2021)

Greetings to all members,

NSW is continuing to have a run of COVID-free days in the community. NSW Health has grouped community centres and halls, such as our Club building under the gyms and indoor recreation heading (details HERE).

We are now allowed to provide only 2sqm per person but need to maintain 1.5m physical distancing where possible, particularly in view of the recent increase in members taking part in club activities. This means that although the double tables have been split into singles, most chairs at the Club remain in the pre-Christmas layout. Please try to maintain appropriate physical distancing.

Masks are no longer mandatory but are strongly encouraged in indoor venues where social distancing is not possible (the current rules may be found HERE).

Although it is not mandatory to wear a mask at our Club the Management Committee wishes to encourage the wearing of masks at the Club where social distancing is not possible. Please wear a mask if you wish to do so.

Peter Ivanov

President

The Club has resumed all activities.

Restrictions

With the continued easing of the COVID-19 restrictions we are able to resume activities with the following restrictions as mandated by the NSW Health Department (our COVID-19 Plan):

  1. Any member with any symptom of illness (fever, cough, sore/scratchy throat, shortness of breath, loss of smell, loss of taste, runny nose, muscle pain, joint pain, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting or loss of appetite) CANNOT attend the club and should seek testing for COVID-19 at one of the clinics listed HERE.

  2. At the beginning of each day frequently used indoor hard surface areas must be cleaned, first with detergent and water and then disinfectant. Particular attention must be given to cleaning frequently touched areas and surfaces (eg Bowls and Rummikub tiles). Detailed cleaning procedures for activity equipment will be provided to activity coordinators. People involved in cleaning or reorganising furniture may wear gloves when cleaning and should wash hands thoroughly before and after with soap and water.

  3. All members must wash their hands immediately when entering the Club.

  4. Hand sanitiser is available at the Club entrance and throughout the Club. Sanitiser must be used before and after each game of bowls, Rummikub, cards or other activity.

  5. Physical distancing must be observed inside the Club. Chairs have been placed throughout the Club at an appropriate distance and these chairs must not be moved (Click HERE to see what this looks like). People who live in the same household are not required to distance.

  6. A record must be kept of the names of all members who attend the Club, and for any visitors their name and a (mobile) phone number and/or email address must be recorded. Entry and exit times for members and visitors should also be recorded.

  7. Members are encouraged to bring their own refreshments. If the kitchen is used one person should be allocated to serve food and they should practice hand hygiene before and after service. Refreshments may be collected at the normal serving area and dirty dishes etc should be returned via the servery in the Rummikub room.

  8. Cutlery and tableware must be washed in the dishwasher on long cycle at the end of the day.

  9. No more than 20 members plus activity coordinators and any assistants are allowed to participate in any activity at any one time.

The re-imposition of restrictions in various states from time to time shows that the virus can still escape into the community so it is imperative that we all stick to the rules for our own safety and that of others.

It is obvious that there will be extra work involved for our activity coordinators, particularly cleaning, and I would like to ask for volunteers to come to the Club 30 minutes earlier than they would normally to assist activity coordinators. I am sure you all would like to help keep our Club up and running.

These restrictions are a requirement for attending the Club and reflect current advice but as we all know things change so make sure you monitor the Club website https://www.castlehillseniors.org.au/ (or call the Club phone number 02 9680 3958 and listen to the voice-mail message) to stay up to date.

Membership fees now due

The Committee is also pleased to confirm that full year membership fees will be reduced for the 2020-21 year to $10 (July-June) in recognition of the reduced operational period this year. Membership fees are due from 30th June 2020.

I hope to see you at our Club very soon.

Peter Ivanov

President

Ongoing advice to all members

The NSW Department of Health advises that in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 you should:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water. This includes before and after eating and after going to the toilet

  • use alcohol-based hand sanitisers when you can’t use soap and water

  • avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

  • clean and disinfect surfaces you use often such as benchtops, desks and doorknobs

  • clean and disinfect objects you use often such as mobile phones, keys, wallets and work passes

  • use tap and go instead of cash where possible

  • increase the amount of fresh air by opening windows or changing air conditioning

Symptoms of infection can include any of fever, cough, sore/scratchy throat, shortness of breath, loss of smell, loss of taste, runny nose, muscle pain, joint pain, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting or loss of appetite.

Background

On 11th March 2020 the World Health Organisation officially declared the spread of Coronavirus a pandemic.

Coronavirus disease was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei, China and has now (20th March 2021) infected more than 122 million people in 192 countries and territories with more than 2,700,000 deaths*.

The Management Committee will continue to monitor developments and take actions as required. For those members who do not use email or the internet, the message on the Club telephone number (02) 9680 3958 will be changed to reflect the current situation with respect to Club activities.

Any member wishing to read more about the Novel Coronavirus, the disease it causes (COVID-19), its spread and treatments, may find the following reading list useful.