Covid Safe Requirements

Memo from President Shane Clarkson

Hi everyone
As you know, many of our club members are in a high risk category relating to Covid-19. At the beginning of this year the Omicron strain was running rampant in Sydney. For this reason we took the precaution of meeting via Zoom for our February meetings.
As the Omicron virus subsides the NSW government has eased most of the public health restrictions and I have included the relevant advice below. In response to this we are planning to return to meeting in the church hall for our first meeting in March (Wednesday 2nd March) which will be an open competition. In order to manage the risk associated with meeting in person we need to do the following.
  • Do not attend the meeting if you are feeling unwell or have cold/flu symptoms
  • The club has decided that for member safety only fully vaccinated people can attend the meetings. Please connect with me separately on president@ncp.org.au if this causes you issues.
  • Hand sanitizer is provided and it is recommended that you use it.
  • QR code check-in is no longer mandatory but we will record the names of attendees as we have previously done.
  • Masks are not compulsory but you are welcome to wear a mask if you feel at all uncomfortable. Also note that we are still advised to practice social distancing.
  • Our cleaning requirement is still in place. Those who are able are requested to wipe down their chairs with alcohol wipes before returning them to the stack at the end of the meeting.
Other points to note.
  • We will no longer meet in the Undercroft prior to the meeting. We can now access the church hall from 7.30pm after the prior group exit.
  • Supper will be served at the meeting
    • Please bring your own cup if you would like tea/coffee
    • A $2 donation is requested to cover the costs of supper
For new members.
  • The address of the venue is Lindfield Uniting Church, cnr Pacific Hwy and Provincial Rd Lindfield NSW.
  • Competitions will be i) electronic images, ii) colour prints, and iii) mono prints. Each member is allowed to enter up to two images for the competition. An electronic version of all entries is required to be loaded to the Website by 8pm on Sunday evening. Further competition entry details can be found at https://www.ncp.org.au/dbpage.php?pg=photocomps.
Regards, Shane

Excerpt from https://www.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/nsw-government-update-to-covid-19-settings
From the beginning of Friday, 18 February 2022, the following adjustments will be made to the current settings:
  • No density limits (previously one person per 2sqm for hospitality venues);
  • QR check-ins will only be required for nightclubs, and for all music festivals with more than 1,000 people. Hospitals, aged and disability facilities may use their existing systems for recording visitors;
  • Singing and dancing will be permitted at all venues, except music festivals, where singing and dancing can recommence from 25 February;
  • The recommendation to work from home will change and be returned to the employer’s discretion.
From the beginning of Friday, 25 February 2022, the following adjustments will be made to the settings:
  • Masks will only be mandated on public transport, planes, and indoors at airports, hospitals, aged and disability care facilities, corrections facilities, and indoor music festivals with more than 1,000 people;
  • Masks are encouraged for indoor settings where you cannot maintain a safe distance from others and for customer-facing retail staff to protect vulnerable people who must access these premises and services;
  • Each State Government agency will review where it may be appropriate for public-facing staff to wear masks and will implement as necessary; and
  • The 20,000 person cap on music festivals will be removed, with singing and dancing permitted. Vaccination requirements will remain for indoor music festivals over 1,000 people, with attendees required to have at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.