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.
The Men’s Sheds of WA team.
Safety Plan resources:
Men’s Sheds of WA Resources:
- Covid Safety Plan Stage #3 Examples – Microsoft Word
- Covid Safety Plan Stage #3 Examples – PDF
- Attendance Advice for WA Shedders – Stage 3 – PDF
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:
- Men’s Sheds WA community Facebook page now has over 100 members from different sheds – https://www.facebook.com/groups/mensshedswa/
- The Australian Men’s Shed Association has launched The AMSA Shed Online to help Shedders stay connected. You can join in here: https://mensshed.org/theshedonline/
- Bunnings has an online community for sharing home improvement, D.I.Y. and gardening questions and inspiration – workshop.com.au
- Woodwork Forums Australia has an online community for help and support on a wide range of woodies stuff – https://www.woodworkforums.com/index.php
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 to set up a Buddy System / Phone Tree
- Using Zoom and WhatsApp 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:
- Lifeline Australia: www.lifeline.org.au/
- Beyond Blue: www.beyondblue.org.au/
- Blackdog Institute: www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/
Links to helpful Coronavirus information:
- Fact sheets translated in 60 different languages – help family members and neighbours find important information on Coronavirus health matters, travel and visa issues and income support measures
- Information on Coronavirus testing
Travel Alerts and Self Isolation Guidelines
- International travel ban in place – follow travel advice at at Smartraveller.
- Intrastate travel restrictions and rules.
- Self isolation guidance.
- Services Australia – what to do if you’re affected by Coronavirus
- Department of Social Services – information about the coronavirus supplement and payments
For aged care residents and families
- Information for families and residents on restricted visits to residential aged care facilities
- Information for older Australians
- 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
Trusted sources for general information
- Federal Government – Coronavirus 2019 information
- WA Government information on Coronavirus COVID-19
- WA Government Pandemic Plan (pdf)
- WA COVID 19 Clinics (7 metro locations, 1 regional location)
- World Health Organisation – novel coronavirus 2019
- WA Health – Resources (multiple links)
- WA Government State of Emergency Declarations
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.