The Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is continuing to evolve and the advice to organisations on how to respond is constantly being updated.
Learning Links has set up a COVID-19 Response Group that is monitoring the developments and is planning, responding and preparing should the situation worsen.
Learning Links continues to follow the advice of the Australian Government, NSW Government, NSW Department of Health and the NSW Department of Education and will provide updates for our families, schools and partners as they occur.
Top line medical advice for all:
- If you develop a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath within 14 days of overseas travel or are in contact with someone else who has Coronavirus, seek medical attention: call your GP, Healthdirect on 1800 022 222, or in an emergency, your local hospital emergency department, if you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.
UPDATE: Sunday 29 March, 2020
Learning Links Update
- Learning Links has made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend all one-on-one support services at Learning Links Centres and schools from Monday 30 March.
- The following services will continue until further notice: Learning Links Preschool, Prep 4 Preschool, Out of School Hours Care at McCallums Hill Public School, HIPPY, MyTime, 1-2-3 Magic and Engagement Adolescents parenting programs.
- Learning Links is now offering psychological therapy online, using zoom.
- Learning Links is close to finalising a plan for alternative online delivery of other services and will notify families when they can access these services.
Indoor and Outdoor Public gatherings
National Cabinet agreed to limit both indoor and outdoor gatherings to two persons only.
Exceptions to this limit include:
- People of the same household going out together;
- Funerals – a maximum of 10 people;
- Wedding – a maximum of 5 people;
- Family units.
Individual states and territories may choose to mandate and/or enforce this requirement.
National Cabinet’s strong guidance to all Australians is to stay home unless for:
- shopping for what you need – food and necessary supplies;
- medical or health care needs, including compassionate requirements;
- exercise in compliance with the public gathering requirements;
- work and study if you can’t work or learn remotely.
National Cabinet agreed that playgrounds, skate parks and outside gyms in public places will be closed. Bootcamps will be reduced to two persons, including the trainer.
These measures will be in place from midnight Monday 30 March 2020.
Social Distancing – further measures
States and territories agreed they would implement further social distancing measures specific to their own region, including closing categories of venues, where medical advice supported this action. These measures would be risk-based and targeted at non-essential activities.
Australians will still be able to access the goods and services needed to safely and sustainably live their lives.
Advice for Senior Australians including those with existing health conditions
Coronavirus has more serious impacts on older Australians, those over 70 years of age and Australians with existing health conditions or comorbidities.
National Cabinet’s strong advice is for self-isolation at home to the maximum extent practicable for Australians:
- over 70 years of age;
- over 60 years of age who have existing health conditions or comorbidities;
- indigenous Australians over the age of 50 who have existing health conditions or comorbidities.
These groups should limit contact with others as much as possible when they travel outside.
Commercial and residential tenancies
As part of its work on helping businesses hibernate, National Cabinet agreed that short-term intervention is needed for commercial tenancies. Work on this has begun, but there is more to do, including for residential tenancies.
National Cabinet agreed to a moratorium on evictions over the next six months for commercial and residential tenancies in financial distress who are unable to meet their commitments due to the impact of coronavirus.
Further information on this can be found in the Prime Minister’s statement to the media.
UPDATE: Friday 27 March, 2020
Learning Links Update
- Learning Links has made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend all one-on-one support services at Learning Links Centres and schools from Monday 30th March (Last sessions this Saturday March 28).
- The following services will continue until further notice: Learning Links Preschool, Prep 4 Preschool, Out of School Hours Care at McCallums Hill Public School, HIPPY, MyTime, 1-2-3 Magic and Engagement Adolescents parenting programs
- Learning Links is close to finalising a plan for alternative online delivery of services and will notify families when they can access these services.