COVID-19 Information

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11 June, 2020

Note: This page is current as of 11.00am 14 January 2022

With the ongoing/updated COVID restrictions in place, we are very much aware of the impact this can have on people 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:

  • Current restrictions (incl. COVID-SAfe Check-In)
  • COVID Marshals
  • SA COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line

If you would like to try your hand at making a mask, Heather Cheesman has put together this video to step you through how it's done (using this template). Thanks Heather! (Another less helpful video perhaps can be found here...)

To summarise the current restrictions:

  • We are currently allowed up to a maximum of 532 people onsite for seated activities at any time, however seeing as we also need to comply with the density requirements of 3 persons per 4m2 (for seated activities) or 1 person per 2m2 (for a mix of seated and standing activities, eg. the children's ministry areas), we are actually limited to 304 people in the main sanctuary/foyer area (*in addition to those who are on 'official duties' and required for the service to run). We are also allowed 32 in the Chapel and 45 in the Hut as well as smaller numbers in some of the other rooms.
  • If you enter the church premises for any purpose whatsoever, you must check in by scanning the QR code displayed at the doors or, if you do not have a smart phone, by entering your details on the supplied printed copy of the Contact Tracing Record - Attendance at Public Activities form). Refer to our COVID-Safe Check-In feature article for full details.

For more detailed information, refer this SA UCA Resource Page or this SA govt COVID-19 Response page. You can also view the current version of our COVID-Safe Plan (12 Jan 2022) which is registered with the SA Government as required and available for viewing at the Church Office.

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 according to the current 3 per 4 or 1 per 2 square metre rule. 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!

[ * Note that Schedule 2 Part 2 clause 2(1)(b) of the Emergency Management (Activities - General No 3) (COVID-19) Direction 2021) provides that people employed or engaged to work, or undertaking official duties, for the purpose of the activity are not to be counted when applying a density requirement. ]

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 (Part 2 clause 6(3)(a) of the Emergency Management (Activities - General No 3) (COVID-19) Direction 2021) physical distancing is required between all people unless they are "people who live in the same household, or who are friends, family members or people who otherwise regularly associate with each other". The advice we have received is that 'regularly associating with each other' means several times a week, eg. at school or work.

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.

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