Weekly COVID-19 Update

Week Commencing 03 May 2021


The Society continues to coordinate the COVID-19 response and recovery across all business units.

For advice, ask a question or to report a change or relevant information about your business / work place contact Darren Stevenson – COVID-19 Response and Recovery Coordinator covid19@vinnies.org.au

For updates after hours or weekends please visit the NSW COVID-19 website at https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19  or the National Coronavirus Helpline 1800 020 080.


COVIDSafe Guidance advice

The latest COVIDSafe Guidance advice are based on new Protocols for Hotspots, Vulnerable Personnel and Face to Face Activities.

CSG01 – Respiratory Masks 

CSG02 – COVID Incident Reporting

CSG03 – COVID-19 Travel at Work

CSG04 – COVID-19 Procurement

CSG05 – COVID-19 QR Tracing

CSG06 – COVID-19 Face-to-Face Activities Protocols

CSG07 – COVID-19 Hotspot Protocols

CSG08 – COVID-19 Vulnerable Personnel Protocols

Infection Control Policy (Vinnies Services)


Travel – the general need to travel should be reconsidered.

Meetings and Activities –Meetings need to comply with current NSW restrictions for numbers.

  • The 4 square metre rule still exists for working out the number of people that can fit into a retail store site.
  • The Society is now using the 2 square metre rule for working out limits of people to attend meetings and training that is required.
  • Front line support services and conference services where clients are being assisted are exempt to any limitations as long as social distancing is maintained.

Face masks – Wearing a face mask is strongly recommended for when you cannot physically distance and continues to be mandatory in some circumstances. Check here for when to wear a face mask.

Vinnies requirements for wearing face masks:

  • Mandatory to wear Masks as per NSW Health rules
  • Strongly Recommended for:
    1. Where social distancing cannot be adhered to – eg: participating in training.
    2. Work vehicles with more than one person.
    3. Home visitation or attending clients/PWA homes – in situations where we do not control the environment.

If you are a COVIDSafe Champion monitor how things are in your workspace and contact your supervisor if you need assistance.

You can also contact the Employee Assistance Program Ph:1800 818 728 or your WHS Regional Partner.


Public Health Warnings and/or Advice – Check the Public Health Alerts

What you need to know

NSW Health is advising people in NSW against non-essential travel to the Greater Brisbane area at this time. Check Queensland’s COVID-19 alerts before you travel.


Level 4 Hotspots

Within certain areas of increased activity NSW Health may ask people who live in, or have visited, those areas to get tested if they have even the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms such as a runny nose or scratchy throat. Vinnies have certain restrictions and recommendations also in these areas which will be communicated if Hotspot locations are current. See COVID-19 Hotspot Protocol

Hotspot Locations
Suburb Location Date Instructions
There are currently no locations associated with a confirmed COVID-19 case

Interstate Travel Arrangements

A number of states have and continue to update their requirements for travellers from NSW.  For the latest detailed information you are advised to visit the website for the state you will be travelling to.

Travellers from interstate hotspots (WA and Victoria)

Under the public health order, if a concerns notice is issued identifying an affected area or place of high concern, certain rules and restrictions interstate travellers guidelines will apply if you are entering or have entered NSW.

Western Australia

A concerns notice has been issued which affects travellers who have been to Western Australia and are entering or have entered NSW.

Read the latest advice for travellers from WA.


COVID-19 case alerts have been issued in Victoria.

If you have been to Melbourne recently visit the Victorian Government website and follow the associated health advice if you were at these places at these times.

Site Exposure Period Advice
Melbourne Airport
Terminal 1
Tullamarine Airport
21 April 2021

7:00pm to 7:30pm

You are a casual contact. After arriving in NSW, or if you are already in NSW, you must:

· Immediately travel to your place of residence or another suitable place

· get tested and self-isolate until you receive a negative result.

Travellers from New Zealand 

When you arrive in NSW from New Zealand you must provide your contact details and place of accommodation in NSW by completing a New Zealand arrival declaration form.

A quarantine-free arrangement applies to certain travellers who enter NSW from New Zealand.

For more about the requirements, visit:

Learn more about entering NSW from New Zealand 

Key messages for the community are: 

  • If you are unwell, get tested and isolate right away – don’t delay.
  • Wash your hands regularly. Take hand sanitiser with you when you go out.
  • Keep your distance. Leave 1.5 metres between yourself and others.
  • Wear a mask on public transport, ride share, taxis, shopping, places of worship and other places where you can’t physically distance. When taking taxis or rideshares, commuters should sit in the back and wear a mask.

1. Conference Opening Protocols and Toolkit   

Regional Presidents have been given the authority to prioritise the inspection and opening of sites using the toolkit provided.

2. Assisting people during the pandemic – 3 July

03/07/20  This document has been prepared to give members, staff and volunteers of the St Vincent de Paul Society NSW an overview of the supports and assistance available to the people we assist during the COVID-19 pandemic.

3.  Member Nomination Form – Online Support Model

We seek the assistance of Members who may wish to support the online client support model either as part of the client assistance team or client assessment team (including EAPA assessment).  In addition, Members may wish to participate in testing the online system to ensure it is fit for purpose.

4. COVIDSafe preparation for Retail Stores and Conferences

Conference COVIDSafe Video

Retail Store COVIDSafe Video

5. Vinnies Shops Re-Opening

We have begun the process of re-opening our Vinnies shops across NSW. Check out your local shops here.

6. Active Clothing Bins for Donation Drop-Off


7.  COVID-19 Infection Control Advice for Conferences

20/04  Conference Food Assistance – COVID19 Infection control guideline


8. Advice on Household Energy Usage During the Pandemic

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