COVID-19 Information

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11 June, 2020

We are very much aware of all the changes at this time and would encourage you to reach out to your Life Group, one of the pastors or a close friend if you need to talk and pray about anything. You can contact us via email or just give us a ring (refer our Team page for contact details).

Refer below for information on the following:

  • Updates re. easing of restrictions
  • COVID Marshals
  • The COVID Team (Circle 92) - refugee / asylum seeker support
  • SA COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line
  • Emergency groceries

See this email from Synod with information about how we as a church are to interpret the current (Step 3 from Monday 29 June) easing of the COVID-19 restrictions. To summarise:

  • We are currently allowed up to a maximum of 352 people within our various buildings (with appropriate density requirements, ie. 1 person per 2m2) - this includes 158 within the main sanctuary area, 45 in the foyer, 28 in the chapel and 45 in the KBG hut.

For more detailed information, refer this roadmap to re-open churches (updated 29 June 2020) from this SA UCA Resource Page. We have also completed our COVID-Safe Plan which has been submitted to the SA Government as required.

If you are planning to make use of the rooms at the church, please first contact the office (even if you have a key / alarm code). This is to allow us to arrange for appropriate cleaning after use.

Sue has labeled each room clearly with the maximum number of people allowed (now updated for Step 3 limits). You will also find attendance sheets and hand sanitiser available in or near each room. Please ensure you sign in/out and wash your hands regularly. Please also ensure that you maintain appropriate physical distancing - thank you!

In order to effectively ensure people's compliance with physical distancing and hygiene requirements, we are required to have a 'COVID Marshal' during our Sunday morning services of worship.

For further information check out this New Times article and this letter from Felicity Avery, our General Secretary.

In the light of this, we would like to clarify the following when attending church for any activity (including worship services, youth group, mainly music, leadership meetings etc):

  • Please ensure that you practice good hygiene, including regularly washing your hands or using the hand sanitiser provided
  • Please ensure that wherever possible you maintain 1½m distance between yourself and anyone who is not someone you regularly associate with (see clarification below). This includes when seated (please leave 2 empty chairs).
  • Please do not ask sit with anyone who you do not regularly associate with (see below) even if you are both comfortable with this. Please leave two clear chairs instead.
  • We understand that keeping this physical distancing is going to be near impossible with young children!

Clarification: Under the current laws (Emergency Management (Public Activities No 7) (COVID-19) Direction 2020) physical distancing is required between all people unless they "live in the same household, or are friends, family members or people who otherwise regularly associate with each other" (Section 9(3)). The advice we have received is that 'regularly associating with each other' means several times a week, eg. at school or work.

Are you in a position to help out with Asylum Seekers or Refugees who are affected by COVID-19 and not eligible for JobKeeper, JobSeeker or any form of Centrelink?

Several individuals and organisations have banded together to form 'The COVID Team' with the aim of providing food parcels, toiletries and cleaning products as needed.

Read this info sheet for more details or contact Lesley Inauen on 0466 300 630.

Thank youA huge thank you to all those who have donated food for the refugees. The ladies in Salisbury packing the food parcels have been thrilled with your response.

For future donations please do not put in any tinned meat or tinned vegetables. However rice (basmati or jasmine), pasta, lentils, tinned tuna, tinned tomatoes or large jars tomato paste ($1.60 in Coles), tea, coffee, sugar, plain flour, UHT milk, chocolate, fruit, toilet paper, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo and washing powder are all very helpful. Thank you again for your thoughtfulness and generosity.

Update: Items are now able to be dropped off at the Church Office during office hours. Please read this info sheet or watch this video from Lesley and think about how you can help out. Thank you!

Uniting Communities is operating the South Australian COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line, established by the State Government to help those struggling with the current situation or with feelings of isolation. Counselling is offered over the phone and via video calls, along with referrals to a range of services if needed.

The Support Line is open seven days a week from 8:00am to 8:00pm on 1800 632 753.

If you are struggling to make ends meet, Beacon Emergency Relief Service has organised some bags of groceries. You can pick one up from their offices at Blackwood Church of Christ between 9am and 1pm each Wednesday.

See here for directions and contact details.

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