COVID-19 Safety Plan

This COVID safety plan follows Victorian government guidelines and is designed to keep members safe and reduce risk of infection. The plan applies to all activities undertaken at the U3A Bentleigh premises in East Bentleigh. This plan will be adjusted as necessary based on the latest government advice.

Revision 9 issued 11 May 2022

(1) Visiting U3A Bentleigh acknowledges that you have not knowingly been in contact with an infected person & you are not awaiting COVID-19 test results. Members should not attend these premises if they are required to quarantine or self-isolate. From the time a member is diagnosed with COVID-19, they may not attend any activities on these premises for seven (7) days.

(2) A member who has tested positive must follow all advice on the Vic Health website and advise the Committee of Management so that other close contacts at these premises can be advised.

(3) The main symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, or runny or blocked nose. Less common symptoms are muscle pain, joint pain, diarrhoea, nausea, headache, vomiting, loss of appetite and fatigue.

(4) Vic Public Health Directions no longer require that face masks be worn indoors outside the home. Members are encouraged, however, to continue wearing face masks indoors at U3A activities wherever possible for their own protection and the protection of others attending the activity. Hand sanitizers are provided when entering the building, in each classroom, and in the passageways.

(5) Class attendance rolls must be maintained by the tutor or class monitor & returned to Reception at the end of each class.

(6) Occupancy limits in our rooms have now returned to pre-COVID normal. Please use alternate seats & tables, if possible, in order to maintain the minimum 1.5m social distance.

(7) Choirs, bands, orchestras, dance and physical movement classes must comply with any additional Vic Health requirements for their type of activity.

(8) The Reception window will have a table separating the volunteer and the single visitor allowed at any one time at the Reception window, in order to maintain the 1.5m separation. Members are requested not to enter the office area; the door is only to be used exclusively by volunteers on duty.

(9) Refreshments are available as has been past practice, but please bring, and take home, your own drinking utensil.

(10) At the end of every class, the monitor will spray disinfectant on all used tables & chairs; class members will please assist by lightly wiping over these surfaces & leaving them to air dry. Sanitise your hands after this procedure. Open windows and leave doors open at the end of each class to improve ventilation.

(11) Avoid sharing equipment (e.g. pens). Disinfect shared items after use with the products supplied.

(12) Volunteers are responsible for disinfecting any public areas used (e.g. toilet flush buttons, taps, door handles, etc). This is at Glen Eira Council’s request & a sanitizing station (bucket, disinfectant & paper towels) is provided near Reception for that purpose. Disinfectant and paper towels are also available in each classroom.

(13) Office volunteers will clean high-use areas of the office including keyboards, telephones and EFTPOS machine with wipes or disinfectant at the beginning and end of their shifts.

Any compliance breaches may risk your membership.