Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) S2

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.

The content on this webpage was last updated on 12th July 2021 at 7:23PM AEST.

Recent updates to restrictions have been made in accordance with the following NSW Government Gazettes for Health and Education :

Face-to-face Allocation Phases

Due to the restrictions and lockdowns applied to local government areas the following system has been developed to allow units to follow restrictions that specifically apply to them. Squadrons will be allocated a phase by the Group Executive Commissioner based on NSW Government health orders.  These face-to-face allocation phases are structured like a traffic light-based system and are as follows:

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    LOCKDOWN PHASE

    Squadrons allocated to the LOCKDOWN PHASE are not to meet face-to-face. Usually, this phase is in place due to government lockdowns in your area.

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    RESTRICT PHASE

    Squadrons allocated to the RESTRICT PHASE can meet whilst maintaining social distancing, and other restrictions.

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    MINIMIZE PHASE

    Squadrons allocated to the MINIMIZE PHASE can meet whilst maintaining social distancing, and other more relaxed restrictions.

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    PREPARE PHASE

    Squadrons allocated to the PREPARE PHASE can meet with next to no restrictions in place and must be prepared to move back into another phase.

Phases allocated to Squadrons

The following face-to-face allocations have been applied to the following units. Please check with your Unit O.C about your Unit’s restrictions.

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    Air Activities Center Camden
    RESTRICT PHASE (conditional see GExC)
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    Albion Park Squadron
    LOCKDOWN PHASE
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    Belmont Boys Squadron
    MINIMIZE PHASE
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    City of Blacktown Boys Squadron
    LOCKDOWN PHASE
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    City of Blacktown Girls Squadron
    LOCKDOWN PHASE
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    Canberra Squadron
    MINIMIZE PHASE
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    Camden Squadron
    LOCKDOWN PHASE
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    Canterbury Squadron
    LOCKDOWN PHASE
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    Coffs Harbour Boys Squadron
    MINIMIZE PHASE
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    Doyalson Girls Squadron
    LOCKDOWN PHASE
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    Epping Boys Squadron
    LOCKDOWN PHASE
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    Edmondson Park Squadron
    LOCKDOWN PHASE
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    Hornsby RSL Squadron
    LOCKDOWN PHASE
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    Leeton/Narrandera Squadron
    MINIMIZE PHASE
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    Manly Squadron
    LOCKDOWN PHASE
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    Marrickville Squadron
    LOCKDOWN PHASE
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    Maitland Boys Squadron
    MINIMIZE PHASE
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    Moorebank Boys Squadron
    LOCKDOWN PHASE
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    Mount Pritchard Squadron
    LOCKDOWN PHASE
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    Parramatta Boys Squadron
    LOCKDOWN PHASE
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    Padstow Squadron
    LOCKDOWN PHASE
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    Penrith Squadron
    LOCKDOWN PHASE
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    Richmond Boys Squadron
    LOCKDOWN PHASE
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    Riverwood Boys Squadron
    LOCKDOWN PHASE
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    Rockdale Boys Squadron
    LOCKDOWN PHASE
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    Ryde Boys Squadron
    LOCKDOWN PHASE
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    Southern Highlands Squadron
    LOCKDOWN PHASE
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    Southerland Shire Squadron
    LOCKDOWN PHASE
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    Taree Squadron
    MINIMIZE PHASE
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    Tamworth Squadron
    MINIMIZE PHASE
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    Toukley Boys Squadron
    LOCKDOWN PHASE

Current Restrictions / Conditions

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 and are categorised into the following Face-to-face Allocation Phases:

Currently, everyone must wear a face mask at indoor non-residential premises in NSW. This means that all Squadrons are required to ensure that members over the age of 12 years are wearing face masks while indoors. See more details: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/face-mask-rules

RESTRICT PHASE

Outside gatherings recommended (R3)
Unit O.Cs should limit the time spent indoors to only 30-minute intervals and conduct face-to-face meetings outside (not indoors) where possible.

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.

Face masks required (R30)
Face masks are required to be worn when indoors by all members over the age of 12 years.

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

AAL Members only inside (R11)
Only 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, unless with approval of the Squadron O.C. Eg: 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 after every use 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.

Attendance is not compulsory (R18)
AAL Members are not required to attend AAL Activities. Usual membership commitment requirements are suspended while a unit is assigned to this phase.

Checklists Required for AAL Owned Buildings (R19)
Any Unit that is operating out of an Australian Air League owned facility must complete the COVID-19 Venue Checklist before and after an AAL activity takes place. This checklist must be filed and stored for 30 days.

No Food Preparation (R20)
Any food that requires preparation is not to be provided to members. Commerical or Packaged food is permitted.

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 are not permitted to occur.

Approval required for 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 without the approval of the GExC.

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.

Transporting Members (R31)
Only members who live in the same household can be transported to, from, and during AAL activities in the same vehicle.

MINIMIZE PHASE

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 2 square metres.

Face masks required (R30)
Face masks are required to be worn when indoors by all members over the age of 12 years. *temporary restriction due recent NSW state rules

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

Register of visitors to be kept (R16)
A register of visitors (non AAL Members) must be kept containing contact information. This contact information will be used in the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case of any attendee. 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.

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.

Food Preparation Hygiene Practices (R20)
Any food that requires preparation is permitted to be prepared following correct food preparation and food safety practices. Hand Hygiene practices must also be followed. Hand sanitiser should be provided to members when collecting food and used before and after eating.

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.

Approval required for Camps or Long Activities (R23)
Overnight Activities or any activity in excess of 6 hours must have approval from the Group Field Commissioner and The Group Executive Commissioner prior to commencing.

PREPARE PHASE

Face masks required (R30)
Face masks are required to be worn when indoors by all members over the age of 12 years. *temporary restriction due recent NSW state rules

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

Register of visitors to be kept (R16)
A register of visitors (non AAL Members) must be kept containing contact information. This contact information will be used in the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case of any attendee. Poster Available.

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.

Restrictions Applied Always

The following restrictions are applied to all units regardless of the face-to-face phase allocated to them.

Recommendations & Relaxation of Drill Rules (R87)
NSW Group Council requests that members not shake hands and take measures to maintain social distancing measures when performing drill, ceremonial and other maneuvers. All rules related to drill maneuvers are to be ignored that may contradict social distancing practices. Social distancing practices are to be followed at all times.

Suspension of Face to Face Activities (R28)
Squadron O.Cs will need to monitor the local community for COVID warnings and cases and should determine if Squadron Operations should continue on a regular basis. Squadrons O.Cs must inform the Group Executive Commissioner when making a decision about the halting of face to face activities.

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) of the phase your unit is allocated. Poster Available.

Alterations of Restrictions (R29)
It is the responsibility of Squadron O.Cs to monitor the NSW Government Restrictions especially for their local community and ensure events and activities organised by the Squadron adhere to these restrictions.

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.