This information was issued at 3.00pm on 19 March 2020.
The Australian Prime Minister announced yesterday (18 March) that non-essential gatherings of greater than 100 people at indoor venues will no longer be permitted in a bid to halt the further spread of Covid-19 (Coronavirus). An indoor venue is defined as a gathering within a single enclosed area such as an area, room or premises that are substantially enclosed by a roof and walls.
The PM also advised that facilities such as gyms, indoor fitness centres and swimming pools are not required to close at this time provided the requirements of social distancing and hand hygiene are met.
Based on this latest advice will need to temporarily suspend our swim school activities, effective from 20 March 2020 until further notice.
After much consideration we cannot accommodate appropriate social distancing measures in the delivery of our swim school program. This is largely due to the proximity of students to each other and our teachers while participating in lessons.
As a current swim school member, your lesson payments have been automatically placed on hold, with your child’s place held to support an easy transition back into their regular schedule. Any money paid against your account for suspended lessons will remain in credit and applied once classes resume. You do not need to contact us to arrange this.
We will be continuing to review our operations in line with government advice in a bid to resume our swim school program at the earliest available opportunity, however it is unclear at this stage when that may be, with any decision to be based on advice from the Australian Government.
As the current measures will impact a number of our teaching staff, we are working to support them as best we can and hope to be in a position for them to return to normal work schedules as soon as possible.
While there are no known visits by a Covid-19 carrier to this facility, this precautionary action has been taken in line with the Government’s recommendations in an effort to protect the health and safety of our country, and to minimise the impact on our health care system in the wake of this crisis.
“Public health and safety continues to be our number one priority, and while there may be some inconvenience to our valued swim school students and their families as a result of these changes, we hope that this precautionary action will work as a positive step towards slowing the spread of the virus.” said Group Operations Manager, Simon Bryson.
As the situation continues to unfold, we will be providing you with direct updates. Please also follow the information available via our social media pages and website. We are currently receiving a high volume of calls and therefore encourage you to submit a web enquiry should you wish to get in contact with our team by clicking here https://www.alburywodongaaquatics.com.au/talk-to-us.
We thank you for your understanding and look forward to welcoming your family back at the first available opportunity.
If you have any concerns for the health of you or others, please contact your local medical professional.
You can find more information on the Department of Health website or by calling the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.
You can also read the full Government announcement here.