CoVID-19 (Coronavirus)

 

02/04/2020: Free childcare for essential workers, and for those who require it. 

30/03/2020: Public gatherings, excluding household members, have been reduced to a maximum of two people. If you have any questions ring the National Advice Hotline: 1800 020 080

24/03/2020:  Due to the Federal Government’s new lock-down measures all places of worship are closed until further notice. 

 

What is CoVID-19?  

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus. Symptoms include fever, coughing, sore throat and shortness of breath. The virus can spread from person to person, but good hygiene can prevent infection. 

What steps should you take to prevent infection? 

• Stay home from work and school if you are unwell (e.g. don’t go shopping or use public transport until you are well).

• Avoid contact with others if you are sick (particularly vulnerable people such as older persons and people with chronic medical conditions).

• If others are sick, keep your distance from them as much as possible (at least 1.5 metres), avoid close contact such as shaking hands, hugging, kissing.

• Wash hands regularly, particularly after going to the toilet, blowing your nose or handling used tissues.

• Cover coughs and sneezes with a clean tissue or your elbow.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, or handling food, until you have washed your hands.

• Wipe down frequently touched surfaces. 

In regards to Northern Synod congregations, schools, agencies and related services including Op shops, please follow the above bullet point advice.

And in Summary: 

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, or handling food, until you have washed your hands.

• Limit the need to shake hands or be in close contact with one another. This may include sharing the peace (Congregations may want to create their own unique way of sharing the peace)

• If others are sick, keep your distance from them as much as possible (at least 1.5 metres). Do not get too close when speaking to others.

• On Holy Communion Sunday’s please take care in the preparation by washing hands thoroughly, etc. and avoid the use of sharing one cup and one bread. If possible, prepare cut up small pieces and use small cups for communion instead. All servers including Presiders over Communion must wash their hands with hand liquid in front of people before serving.

• People should be encouraged to not to sit too close to each other during services and meetings.

• In regards to Op-Shops including volunteers, please consider similar arrangements to above. Items of secondhand clothing may need to be washed thoroughly before being ready for sale to the public.

• Only staff members are to be at offices and workplaces with limited people entering the workplace including family or friends.

• Discourage people from just dropping by unannounced.

• Avoid organising face to face meetings and instead meeting by teleconferencing unless it is absolutely necessary.

• If you are diagnosed with Coronavirus (COVID-19) you are to follow the instructions given to you by the health professionals (14 days self-isolation). If a paid staff or employee, your time away will not be deducted from your sick leave or Annual Leave.

• All places of work and congregations are now required to have an Attendance Sign On and Sign Off Book. All people who come to the site must sign in and sign out including Sunday Worship services and all gatherings during the week.
It may be difficult in places like op shops but try to do it in congregations and other places. It is advisable to have the hand washing liquid at the same location.

• All Ministers/Pastors/staff must keep records of their meetings and people they meet and places as it may be required by relevant councils including the Synod office.

• Travel should be limited to Essentials Only. ALL travel whether for personal reason or for work within the Northern Synod must be logged with the Synod via an email advising sue.smith@ns.uca.org,au prior to travelling.

• All travel to communities under both NRCC regions and PPNA congregations is cancelled until further notice. IF you MUST travel, you are to present your travel plans to the General Secretary via email for approval before organising and booking. We have been warned that our NRCC communities are highly vulnerable.

• All related travel to represent the synod, presbytery or congregations in meetings of other councils of UCA or for training and conferences must seek approval by the Synod General Secretary before making arrangement and booking. Again please advise the Secretariat Office on 8982 3400 or sue.smith@ns.uca.org.au

• The tough measures on travel plan is due to the remoteness of our communities and NT people exposure to other states with higher recorded cases of infected population. We also need to log in our Synod system all the staff and ministry agent movement.

Helpful Links & Resources

  • Australian Government – Department of Health 

Information and resources

  • Northern Territory Government – Department of Health 

Coronavirus (CoVID-19) Updates 

  • World Health Organization 

Rolling Updates