Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

NSW Response to COVID-19

As the Federal and NSW Governments announce changes to public health orders the NSW Group will meet to discuss the impact of the changes on the activities of units within NSW & ACT. When government relaxes restrictions, it does not mean that units can simply follow these relaxed restrictions as these government restrictions are usually general in nature and do not consider our exact set of circumstances. Squadrons and Members in NSW Group must follow restrictions and conditions published below.

We must all be mindful of our actions to limit the effect on our health and the health of those around us. Information about COVID-19 and important health advice can be found here.

Standing Order 06/2020 relating to moving to Stage 2 is available here.

Current Return Stage

NSW Group will be following a 3-stage approach to returning to face to face activities. These stages act as a guide for restrictions that remain in place. Units must ensure that they follow restrictions as published below. As of 1st July 2020 we will move to Stage 2.

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    Stage 1 - Finished

    Stage 1 allows some face to face meetings whilst maintaining social distancing (not squadron parades) in strictly controlled circumstances. For example, Officer Staff meetings, NCO meetings, Group/Wing Councils, Group Headquarters’ operations, Quartermaster stores and Squadron Branch meetings (including Squadron AGMs).

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    Stage 2 - Active 1st July

    Stage 2 allows face-to-face Squadron parades (with approval from Group Executive Commissioner) whilst maintaining social distancing, in strictly controlled circumstances.

    Squadrons need to submit the Return Permission Form to the GEXC before returning to face to face activities.

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    Stage 3

    Stage 3 allows face-to-face squadron parades without restriction. All Squadrons are required to return to face to face activities.

Current Restrictions / Conditions

The Air League understands that most Units wish to return to face to face activities as soon as possible, however, current state government restrictions are still in place and NSW Group would prefer to protect its members as a priority. With the safety of our members and government restrictions in mind, a number of restrictions and conditions are currently in place, the restrictions are as follows:

  • Social Distancing (R4)

    All persons attending an AAL Activity must where possible maintain a physical distance from others of at least 1.5 metres. Poster Available.

  • Indoor capacity limit (R5)

    If meeting indoors; capacity must not exceed one person per 4 square metres.

  • Display Signage - Indoor Capacity Limit (R6)

    Any building which AAL members are to attend must have signage displayed outlining the maximum number of people allowed inside the space the sign is referencing. This signage must enforce restriction number 5 (R5). Poster Available.

  • Do not attend if your sick (R7)

    Any person who is sick or has been sick within a 2-week period of an AAL Activity, regardless of symptoms must not attend that AAL Activity.

  • Send home sick people (R8)

    During an AAL Activity any person who becomes unwell should be sent home and immediately distanced from others

  • Do not attend during isolation (R9)

    Any person who has come in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or has been confirmed to have COVID-19 should self-isolate for a time period defined by a medical professional and therefore must not attend an AAL activity during their isolation time period.

  • Display Signage - Do not enter if showing symptoms (R10)

    Any building which AAL members are to attend must have signage displayed directing people to not enter if they display any symptoms associated with COVID-19.  Poster Available.

  • AAL Members only inside (R11)

    Only uniformed AAL members are permitted to enter buildings intended to be used predominantly by youth members. Poster Available.

  • AAL Members only at Air League (R12)

    Attendance to facilities used for the purpose of AAL parade grounds are to be restricted to AAL members only. A member’s family or friends is to be restricted to remaining in vehicles during drop off and pickup if safe to do so. Poster Available.

  • Hand sanitiser available to members (R13)

    Hand sanitiser (of at least 80% ethanol or 75% isopropyl alcohol) must be present at all active entrances to buildings used by AAL members. Signage with instructions to use hand sanitiser must also be displayed at all active entrances. Poster Available.

  • Sanitise shared equipment (R14)

    Surfaces (tables, chairs, door handles, etc) and shared equipment (drums, flags, etc) used by members must be sanitised once every 60 mins or when transferring use to another member.

  • Hand Washing Facilities (R15)

    Soap and handwashing facilities must be available at any facility used by AAL members. A Hand Dryer or Paper Towel must be available. Poster Available.

  • Member contact information up to date (R17)

    Units must ensure that contact information is up to date and correct for all members.

  • Attendance is not compulsory (R18)

    AAL Members are not required to attend AAL Activities. Usual membership commitment requirements are suspended until further notice.

  • No Food Preparation (R20)

    No unpackaged food or food that requires preparation is permitted to be supplied to members. Personal Water Bottles should be used.

  • Squadrons Need Approval to Return (R21)

    Squadron O.Cs need to complete the Return Permission Form and submit to the Group Executive Commissioner. Only Squadrons with approval from the Group Executive Commissioner can return to face to face parades.

  • Attendance register to be kept (R22)

    An attendance register must be kept for each AAL Activity by a responsible person. A digital backup of the attendance register should be made as soon as possible and must be kept for 28 days. Attendance registers must be made available to Group upon request. Template Available.

  • No Camps or Long Activities (R23)

    Overnight Activities or any activity in excess of 6 hours is not permitted to take place

  • No Air Activities Days (R24)

    AAL Members are not permitted to undergo flying training, trial instructional flights or air experience flights with an external flying school as an Air League activity.

  • No Flying Days (R25)

    Squadron Air Activities Days / Flying Days are not permitted to take place.

  • Community / Fundraising Events Require Approval (R26)

    Squadron Community / Fundraising Events (RSL Assisted Events, Fundraising BBQs, Raffles, etc),  external to the Squadrons general meeting location are not permitted to take place without the written approval of the Group Executive Commissioner.

  • Groups of no larger than 20 (R27)

    Groups of no more than 20 members can gather at one time in an outside area (ovals, parks, parade grounds).

Resources

Approved Units

The following Units have been approved to return to face to face activities. Please check with your Unit O.C about your Units return date.

Air Activities Center Camden
Commences Saturday 27th June

Albion Park Squadron
Commences Tuesday 28th July

Belmont Boys Squadron
Commences Wednesday 22nd July

City of Blacktown Boys Squadron
Commences Friday 24th July

City of Blacktown Gils Squadron
Commences Friday 24th July

Canberra Squadron
No commencement date set

Camden Squadron
No commencement date set

Canterbury Squadron
Possible Commencement 22nd July

Coffs Harbour Boys Squadron
Commences Wednesday 8th July

Doyalson Girls Squadron
Commences Friday 24th July

Epping Boys Squadron
Commences Friday 7th August

Edmondson Park Squadron
Commences Friday 14th August

Gosford Boys Squadron
No commencement date set

Hornsby RSL Squadron
No commencement date set

Leeton/Narrandera Squadron
No commencement date set

Manly Squadron
Commences Friday 24th July

Marrickville Squadron
No commencement date set

Maitland Boys Squadron
Commences Friday 24th July

Moorebank Boys Squadron
Commences Friday 7th August

Mount Pritchard Squadron
Commences Friday 14th August

Mudgee Squadron
Possible commencement 10th July

Parramatta Boys Squadron
Commences Friday 28th August

Padstow Squadron
Commences Tuesday 4th August

Penrith Squadron
Commences Thursday 23rd July

Richmond Boys Squadron
Commences Thursday 23rd July

Riverwood Boys Squadron
Commences Friday 3rd July

Rockdale Boys Squadron
No commencement date set

Ryde Boys Squadron
No commencement date set

Southern Highlands Squadron
Commences Friday 24th July

Southerland Shire Squadron
Commences Friday 24th July

Taree Squadron
Commences Friday 24th July

Toronto Squadron
Commences Friday 24th July

Tamworth Squadron
Commences Monday 20th July

Toukley Squadron
Commences Friday 24th July

Last updated on 20th July 2020.