Covid-19 information for sheds

Phase 5 – tentative start date 24 October 2020

Updated: 19 August 2020

Phase 5 of the WA COVID-19 roadmap, due to be implemented on 15 August has been pushed back. The new tentative date for Phase 5 will now be Saturday, 24 October. 

Originally the tentative start date for Phase 5 was July 17, when first announced in June. Since then due to the situation over east, the State Government has extended Phase 4 three separate times, each for a two-week period but has issued this further extension for two months due to the situation over east.

Phase 5 includes the removal of all remaining restrictions (except WA’s hard border and access to remote Aboriginal communities) including the 2 square metre rule and the 50 per cent capacity for major venues like the Optus Stadium.

Phase 4 from 27 June

Phase 4 started on Saturday, 27 June (11.59pm Friday, 26 June). For Sheds that means:

  • gathering limits only determined by WA’s reduced 2 square metre rule
  • the 2 square metre rule will only include staff at venues that hold more than 500 patrons
  • all events permitted except for large scale, multi-stage music festivals
  • unseated performances permitted at venues such as concert halls, live music venues, bars, pubs and nightclubs

The cleaning protocols are still recommended. You should also stay home if you don’t feel well and wash your hands frequently.

The WA Government advises that WA businesses/organisations will be expected to ensure their COVID Safety Plans are updated and continue to be implemented.

The easing of restrictions means you may be able to increase the number of people in your Shed, which can be reflected on your COVID Safety Plan Certificate. You are only limited by the 2 square metres per person rule.

Sheds will no longer need to keep a register of visitors as part of their COVID Safety Plan, however Men’s Sheds of WA recommends that as part of your COVID Safety Plan, Sheds keep records of numbers who have attended and that you have up to date contact information for members and guests in case tracing becomes necessary in the case of a COVID outbreak.

Sheds need to keep your visitor registers until 28 days after the State of Emergency has been lifted.

For more information, visit the WA Government Phase 4 FAQ page.

The cleaning protocols are still recommended. You should also stay home if you don’t feel well and wash your hands frequently.

The new tentative date for Phase 5 will now be 24 October. Phase 5 will remove the 2 square metre rule and remove all other restrictions except the WA border and access to remote Aboriginal communities.

Phase 3 easing of restrictions from 6 June

(Advice as at 4 June 2020)

WA transitions to Phase #3 of the WA State COVID-19 Restrictions Plan on 6 June 2020.

The main change for Sheds is that from 6 June, Shed’s must maintain a minimum of 2 square metres per person (rather than 4sqm) and limit attendance to fewer than 100 patrons per single undivided space (rather than 20) with a new maximum of 300 patrons per premises (excluding staff).

Hygiene and social distancing rules are still in place and each shed must fill out a new Phase #3 Covid Safety Plan.

The updated MSWA recommendations are attached to this post and have hyperlinks to the appropriate information included.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch or comment below with any issues.

Many thanks
The Men’s Sheds of WA team.

Safety Plan resources:

Men’s Sheds of WA Resources:

Other WA Government information:

 

COVID-19 Advice to Sheds – Phase 2 Sheds can reopen on 18 May

(Advice as at 11 May 2020)

From Monday 18 May 20, ‘community facilities’ are permitted to reopen with up to 20 patrons. Social distancing and good hygiene apply to all activities as does the 4sqm rule, whereby all attendees must have four square metres of space per person. To reopen community venues will also need to complete an official COVID Safety Plan. The WA Government has begun consulting with key stakeholders to develop COVID Safety Plans and Guidelines, which will be available this week (www.wa.gov.au).

The Government advice represents what sheds will be ‘permitted’ to do after 18 May 2020; the information does not recommend that Sheds should re-open on that date. Each shed committee/board will need to consider its own specific circumstances against the associated risks. Shed committees may also decide to implement more stringent measures than those presented in the Government advice.

The WA Government is encouraging residents to download the Australian Government’s COVIDSafe app. Downloading the app is voluntary, but highly recommended by the Chief Medical Officer. It will help keep our community safe and ensure we can get back to normal as quickly as possible. www.covidsafe.gov.au/

This information has also been published on our website: https://www.mensshedswa.org.au/newsletter/covid-19-advice-to-sheds-phase-2-18th-may/

We will shortly circulate some advice to sheds on reopening procedures

 

Covid-19 – Government Announcement for All Men’s Sheds to Close

Federal Government issued advice that all Men’s Sheds MUST close as at 11.59pm Wednesday 25 March 2020. Please read the directive from the Prime Minister for further information: www.pm.gov.au/media/update-coronavirus-measures-24-March-2020

Close down your shed

We don’t know how long this closure will go on, so perhaps consider the following:

  • Security: ensure your Shed is locked up and as many tools and materials are stored safely. You may consider off-siting any items that are expensive/attractive to thieves e.g. take to member’s homes/ other secure premises.
  • Fire prevention: Lock away your wheelie bins (preferably inside the shed). Make sure that no pallets or flammable materials are stored against the Shed.
  • Social Media: Don’t place any closed notices on open Social Media channels or your Shed door – We don’t want to advertise an opportunity for thieves.
  • Mail: cancel or redirect any deliveries or mail
  • Water: ensure the water is switched off (unless it is supplying a sprinkler system)
  • Checking in: If safe and legal to do so, have someone check on the shed occasionally
  • Oil and turn off all tools properly.

Government Jobkeeper fund

Sheds with paid staff members might want to apply for the Government’s Jobkeeper payment.

The JobKeeper Payment is a temporary scheme open to businesses impacted by the coronavirus where the Government will provide $1,500 per fortnight per employee for up to six months.

In order to receive a payment, both the employer and employee must meet eligibility criteria.

The JobKeeper payment commenced 30 March 2020, with the first payment expected to be made to employers in the first week of May.

Information is available on the Australian Government’s website.

Lotterywest grants and rent relief for COVID-19 Relief

The State Government, through Lotterywest, is committing $159 million into a COVID-19 Relief Fund to respond to the hardship being experienced by the Western Australian community as a result the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you have a current Lotterywest grant or application under assessment that has been disrupted as a result of the impact of COVID-19 please get in touch with them to explore options. They will consider changes to previously agreed activities/ grant periods and delivery dates/ budget lines (to repurpose funds for more urgent activities.

The McGowan Government will waive rental payments for not-for-profit groups (all charities and associations defined by the Associations Incorporation Act 2015) in Government-owned buildings for six months to help these lease holders respond to the impacts of COVID-19. Contact the agency managing your lease directly for further information.

Looking for online communities to help with those odd-jobs at home?

Here are some online communities to check out:

Keep in touch with your shedders

More than ever before we need to be able to keep the shed spirit alive so make sure you have the contact information for all of your shedders. We’ve prepared some information sheets for you on setting up phone-trees or buddy systems and how to use some online options to keep in touch with your Shedders:

How are you?

If you need support consider speaking to one of the many professional support services that can help:

Quicklinks

Links to helpful Coronavirus information:

Travel Alerts and Self Isolation Guidelines

Centrelink Advice

For aged care residents and families

Financial Advice

  • The Financial Counsellors’ Association of WA provide resources, tools, and counselling for people experiencing financial hardship in WA, and they have prepared some  COVID-19 specific resources which can be found here.
  • MoneySmart has released Information to look after yourself and your money

Posters

Trusted sources for general information

Our office and MSWA events

The March April Zone meetings have been cancelled.

The Men’s Sheds Conference October 2020 has been rescheduled for 2021.

As for our office, we are all working remotely but we are still working hard to support you. It’s a great time to get in touch with us and say hi. Please note: In addition to the shed closures we have postponed this round of zone meetings.

The best defence against this virus is to simply stay inside, shelter in place and do everything to prevent exposure.

Stay safe & well and in the spirit of Men’s Sheds, let’s work hard to look after one another.