COVID-19 Advice to Sheds – Phase 2 – 18th May
Following on from the Premier’s announcement on Sunday (11 May 20), from Monday 18 May 20, we will be moving into Phase 2 of the Government’s 4-Phase roadmap.
The roadmap details how we can carefully ease COVID-19 restrictions, including what this means for community and business. Please see below for what this is likely to mean for WA’s Men’s Sheds (categorised as community facilities).
Phase 1 – Until Monday 18th May the previous restrictions remain in place: “…community or recreational facilities such as Men’s Sheds are not able to open at this time for usual activity” (Department of Premier and Cabinet). Whilst normal activities cannot take place, the venue itself can be used to host essential voluntary or public services such as food banks or homeless services as required.
Phase 2 – From Monday 18th May ‘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 4 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).
Phase 3 – Further easing of restrictions to be implemented approximately four weeks from the start of Phase 2.
Phase 4 – To be confirmed.
Please note: This is an ever-evolving situation and the above information is current as at 11 May 2020. 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.
In addition to the Government advice, Men’s Sheds of WA has also sought clarification on the level of insurance cover afforded to sheds throughout this period. Advice from Gallagher Insurance reiterates the importance of Mens Sheds following government orders and communications around restrictions in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have assurance from Gallagher Insurance that cover is still held on property and contents, as well as theft during this time. However, no cover will be provided for liability and personal accident if sheds are operating when they have received Government advice that they should be closed. This could in turn leave a shed uninsured and wearing a financial loss due to going against government communications (in addition to any Government fines). This advice goes for all Mens Sheds currently insured with Gallagher, where responses may vary with any other shed not insured through Gallagher.
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. Read more about the COVIDSafe App.
I hope that this email helps to provide some further clarity for your shed. We advise that you keep up to date by visiting www.wa.gov.au and through continued contact with our team. Please share this and other updates from the Men’s Sheds of WA team with your fellow Shedders. Advice is also regularly updated to our Facebook Community Notice Board.
Stay safe and well
Chief Executive Officer