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COVID-19: Update for Local Government
3 March 2022

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Directions for Level 2 Public Health and Social Measures
The COVID Transition (Level 2 Public Health and Social Measures) Directions have been released.
The Directions, which apply state-wide, identify a range of high-risk venues where additional restrictions are required, including museums and galleries; hospitality venues; community, recreation or youth centres or facilities (including community halls); gyms, indoor sporting centres and fitness centres; libraries; swimming pools (indoor or outdoor); and indoor function areas in a public place when used for a function.  

The restrictions include limits to gatherings and number of patrons attending venues, and for certain venues to allow at least 2 square metres per patron. 

For community sport that occurs in an outdoor space, there is no maximum number of participants; however spectators for community sport are limited to parents, guardians or the immediate family of the person who is participating.  

There are also restrictions on events (except certain excluded events or gatherings) which are capped at a maximum of 500 people.  At events there must be at least 2 square metres of space for each person and attendees must wear a face covering (in line with the COVID Transition (Face Covering) Directions (No 3)).

The Directions also confirm that during Level 2 restrictions, a person must still comply with the COVID Transition (Public Health and Social Measures) Directions regarding COVID safety plans.  

Schedule 2 of the COVID Transition (Public Health and Social Measures) Directions outlines the places requiring COVID safety plans which include recreation centres, cafes, swimming pools, galleries, museums, libraries, etc. The WA Government provides guidance on COVID safety plans here

Other useful Directions for Local Government include:  .
Further information on the Level 2 measures can be viewed here.
Updated Infection Prevention and Control Advice
The Department of Health has updated their infection prevention and control advice on cleaning and disinfection in the workplace.  
The Department of Health advice provides information on routine cleaning and disinfection for offices, workplaces, public areas, reception areas and child care centres. The information also includes the workplace cleaning requirements when a person attending the workplace has been diagnosed with COVID-19. 

The advice states that the term ‘deep-cleaning’ is not a quantifiable measure of cleaning and is not used by the Department of Health. 
The information can be viewed here.
Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) Distribution
WALGA is pleased to advise that more than 120,000 RATs ordered through an aggregate consignment are being distributed to WALGA Members this week, ahead of the initially scheduled date.  
This order was negotiated as a one-off consignment, however the WALGA Commercial team has identified a number of Preferred Supplier options to meet interim ongoing supply requirements.  

Should significant volumes of stock still be required later this month, a further consignment order may be considered.  This will be subject to an assessment of requirements at the time including demand and supply, cost movements, and trends relating to COVID active caseloads.  

Department of Health advice may be useful to assist with the use of RATs form an organisational policy perspective.
Further information is available by emailing
Level 2 Business Assistance Package
The Premier has announced a Level 2 Business Assistance Package.
In addition to the Level 1 support package for business, the assistance programs for Level 2 will provide financial hardship payments for small – medium sized business with 50% of greater loss in revenue over the January – April 2022 period.  The package also provides support for hospitality businesses and commercial sporting franchises. 

The Grants Program will open in March. 
Webinar: Implementing a Vaccination Policy - Key Considerations
WALGA is hosting a joint webinar with Samantha Maddern, Partner, Mills Oakley to present on COVID-19 vaccinations for employees and key considerations for employers when deciding whether to implement, and how to implement, a COVID-19 vaccination policy for current and new staff. 
This webinar is suitable for Local Government CEOs, Senior Managers and HR staff.
Date: Friday, 4 March
Time: 10:00am to 10:45am
Venue: Online 
To register, please click here.
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