14 April 2022
Yesterday the State Government announced a relaxation of some COVID-19 restrictions and has changed the definition of close contacts.
Previously anyone who had been with a positive case for more than 15 minutes without a mask, in a small room for more than two hours or living in the same household was considered a close contact and therefore needing to isolate.
As of 12.01am Thursday 14 April, this has now changed and only the following people who have been around a positive case will be considered a close contact and will need to isolate. If the positive case:
· lives in your household;
· is an intimate partner; or
· has had more than four hours of cumulative contact with you in a residential setting* without wearing a mask.
*Please note: The government’s definition of residential settings includes a residential care facility or congregate living facility.
Whilst this means that our customers will not be able to become a close contact from visiting and attending Workpower sites and services, it also means that we will rely on you to inform us if you or your family member is living with someone who has tested positive or if they have tested positive– the same way as if you were to cancel a service due to illness.
It does also mean that if you are immunocompromised, there may be a greater risk with being around others more so than previously. If this is the case and you would like to voluntarily self-isolate, we have released a series of online supports that you may like to participate in. For more information on this you can call Nat Katsaros on 0438 995 516. We thank you for your ongoing support and working with us closely to ensure we can continue to provide services and support to you and your family members over the past few months.
Easter long weekend service changes
As we approach two long weekends and our teams take a well-earned break, please be advised of the following change in supports for community and employment customers:
- Friday 15 April (Good Friday) – No supports will be scheduled.
- Saturday 16 April (Easter Saturday) – Community supports will occur as normal. Supported Employment shifts will not be scheduled.
- Sunday 17 April (Easter Sunday) – No supports will be scheduled.
- Monday 18 April (Easter Monday) – No supports will be scheduled.
- Monday 25 April (ANZAC Day) – No supports will be scheduled.
Should you require supports due to special circumstances please contact your Manager to discuss.
In the meantime, we wish you a happy and safe Easter break.
Lee Broomhall Chief Executive Officer