24 April 2020 / COVID-19

PM & CMO Address

The PM just made the following statements:

  • National Cabinet today was able to note good progress that has been made on those core requirements that are in place to enable our road back – to help us be in a confident position to ease restrictions
  • On the wearing of masks – the medical expert panel advice says it is not recommended they are worn and important to note that wearing masks doesn’t protect you from infection, but if you have symptoms, it is a good measure to protect others
  • On schools – medical advice confirmation that 4sqm rule and 1.5m distancing between students during classroom activities is not appropriate and not required
  • It is agreed to develop National Principles for sport and recreation for consistency in next phase:
    • Elite and professional level (major sporting codes, Olympics etc)
    • Community competitive level
    • Individual passive level (hiking, surfing etc)
  • National Cabinet also agreed on new COVID-19 Safe Workplace Principles which will be released shortly – this will:
    • Ensure Australians can go back to work
    • Make families feel safe going back to work
    • Provide helpful tools / procedures and advice to stay at work

·                 Aged care – there is a meeting this evening that CMO and Minister for Aged Care will participate – the Federal Gov’t is flagging that should they not see an improvement in this area under the voluntary arrangements in place the Cth would require aged care facilities to apply exemption from the Fed Gov’t if they don’t want to follow the guidance from health authorities (ie to stop isolating elderly people – this is being put back on the industry to make the right decisions before intervention)

·                 Casting modelling that CMO is going to present – some notes:

o        We have moved through many phases of the virus:

1.               “Export phase” – when the virus first exported and transmitted to other countries – Aus implemented fast response to protect people

2.               “Repatriation phase” – bringing people home which brought the virus into Australia

3.               Currently in the “Community phase” – virus now moves within our own community – requiring different tools building on what is already in place (tracing, rapid response etc)

·                 Working towards decisions over the next few weeks under guidance from medical experts and using data to provide guidance on the measures required – States / Territories will continue to make their own changes also

·                 National Cabinet is meeting again next Friday

CMO’s comments:

·        As at today – total of 6,673 cases – 78 lives lost

·        Number of people in intensive care units – 43 at the moment, 29 on ventilators – progressively have fallen

·        5,000 cases have recovered

·        Big risk is new clusters appearing (Victoria reported one this morning)

·        Presented advanced versions of Pandemic Intelligence and Surveillance Plan – to test extensively and detect nay clusters that may appear in coming weeks

·        Every state / territory has broaden testing criteria from today so anyone with symptoms can get tested – this will significantly expand population of testing and broad reach of passive surveillance (also looking at active surveillance of people to proactively identify potential clusters)

·        Nation Cab want to be absolutely confident that we are in a good position before easing any restrictions

·        Reinforced masks are not recommended – generally not good quality – provides false sense of security

·        [Modelling presented] – will provide this when released – as at 6am this morning only 13 cases reported in 24 hours

·        Effective reproduction has dropped significantly based on last week’s data methodology (mostly just below 1 in all States / Territories)

·        Forecasted case numbers are at the lower end of what was originally predicted (based on data we have – new science, not reliable, but still advancing)

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9 September / Observation

A conversation could change a life.

Today is a reminder of the importance to check in on each other and ask R U OK?

Each of us have experienced the COVID-19 pandemic differently, but it has had an impact on us all. Some of us have been unexpectedly caught behind interstate travel bans, some in extended lockdowns, some living in hotspots, some at home with their families and some away from them.

It has been a challenge for each of us to adjust to new rules and restrictions which we have never had to deal with before.

We have all adapted in our own way to help ourselves and others. We have all done our best despite much of what we knew before having changed in so many ways.

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25 August / Update

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31 July / COVID-19

Lockdown announced

On Saturday morning the Queensland Government announced a 3 day lockdown period for the local government areas (LGAs) of South East Queensland (incorporating Brisbane, Gold Coast, Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Logan, Redlands, Moreton Bay, Scenic Rim, Somerset and Lockyer Valley).

The lockdown has now been extended to 4pm Sunday, 8 August at this stage. It has been announced in response to a growing cluster which started with a high school student at Indooroopilly State High School.

The lockdown is also mandatory for anyone who has been in any of the 11x LGAs since 1am this morning and is now elsewhere.

The construction industry is still considered an essential service. Sites will remain open throughout the lockdown period at this stage. Read on for further information.

Stricter lockdown measures

The Queensland Government announced the strictest lockdown measures that the state has experienced so far, due to concern of the rapidly spreading Delta variant.

There are only four reasons to leave home during the lockdown:

  • To buy essential goods / groceries, but only within 10km of your usual place of residence. Supermarkets will be open during the lockdown period. 
  • To go to essential work / school. Childcare is open but only for children of essential workers.
  • For exercise outside, but only within 10km of your usual place of residence. Only allowed to do so with one other person from a different household.
  • For health care. You can leave to get medical care and you can provide care to someone. You can also leave home to get a COVID test or vaccine.

Additional stricter measures have also been introduced to help stop the spread:

  • No visitors allowed at home. The only exception is to care for someone who needs help, but it is recommended to delay if possible.
  • Funerals and weddings limited to 10 people.
  • Mask wearing continues to be mandatory across the 11x LGAs. You must wear a face mask at all times when you leave home, including outdoors and for exercise, unless you have a lawful reason not to.
  • Mask wearing will now be mandatory for everyone at high schools, including students, teachers and visitors in the 11x LGAs.
  • Non-essential businesses must close (eg gyms / hairdressers etc).
  • Restaurants, cafes and other hospitality venues can open but only to provide takeaway.

Hutchies' COVIDSafe sites

Construction remains essential in South East Queensland and it is important to ensure we are all working as hard as possible to keep it open in the face of ongoing outbreaks. All sites should urgently review the latest Hutchies' COVIDSafe Plan and ensure that their site is implementing the following at a minimum:

  • Regular cleaning of all site / office areas and high touch points
  • Mask wearing except when not safe to do so
  • Good hand hygiene
  • Maintaining 1.5m distance from others, including limiting numbers in hoists / lifts and crib / lunch rooms
  • Signing in using your sites' regular sign in process to provide contact details if required for contact tracing
  • Using video / teleconference software to hold meetings

Hutchies' offices in South East QLD

Everyone who works in Hutchies' offices across South East Queensland should be wearing a mask if they are working in an office during the lockdown period.

The Queensland Government has specified that people who can work from home should do so.

All face to face meetings in offices should be cancelled and replaced by video / teleconferences.

Hutchies' Toowong office

These instructions are particularly important in relation to the Toowong office.

The Toowong office is in very close proximity to the current outbreak.

If you can do your job from home, you must. You can go to the office to collect computer gear and anything else you might need to work from home during the lockdown period.

If you do need to go into the Toowong office, you must sign in using the Queensland Government QR code.

You must be wearing a mask at all times, including whilst seated. This is an important measure to stop the spread of airborne particles.

Exposure sites

The Queensland Government has provided an extensive list of exposure sites based on the movements of people who are linked to the Indooroopilly State High School cluster. More venues are expected to be added.

It is very important that anyone who is in, or has been in South East Queensland recently, checks the list daily.

If you have been to any of the venues of concern at the date and time identified, inform your Team Leader, get tested and follow the direction listed by Queensland Health.

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22 July / COVID-19

Keeping people safe

We've made some updates to our COVIDSafe Plan to incorporate the latest requirements across Australia.

All of Hutchies' sites and offices must continue to implement the key COVIDSafe measures we've had in place over the last 12 months, in addition to the latest local state / territory requirements listed below.

Some of the critical aspects of our COVIDSafe plan being focsued on include:
  • Regular cleaning of all site / office areas and high touch points
  • Good hand hygiene
  • Maintaining 1.5m distance from others
  • Signing in to provide contact details if required for contact tracing

The updates we have incorporated into our latest plan (version 4) includes:

Mandatory Check In & Sign In 

It is a requirement for everyone entering a Hutchies site or office that they sign in using our own process (ie HammerTech or Visitor Register) and if mandatory in your local state, must also check in using the government issued QR code system to assist with contact tracing if required.

Mandatory Masks

Masks are mandated in several areas across Australia presently, including New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and parts of South East Queensland. Hutchies' preference is that everyone in these areas, or if you cannot socially distance, wear a mask at all times, when it is safe to do so. 

This plan must be available on your project and to your clients. You should familiarise yourself with the necessary measures and continue to implement all requirements, including completing our weekly COVIDSafe inspection checklists for sites and offices.

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