In early August, an on-line poll was taken of members to ascertain their wish for the Long Shed to re-open. A great majority of you voted in the affirmative, so as of Tuesday, August 25th, the Long Shed will again be open for morning tea. There are some of you who may still have concerns about the threat of contracting COVID, and will wish to continue with the current practice of bringing your own refreshments, and sitting outdoors. This can continue for those who wish to do so.
The decision to re-open is not just based on member responses. As a community, we need to accept that any chance of an effective vaccine being available in the near future, or ever, is remote. That means that we need to live with the virus, it will be part of our lives for some time yet. So the choice is to either open, with strict hygiene procedures in place, or stay closed indefinitely, perhaps for ever! While the shed has been closed, many of you have formed activity-based groups for morning teas, and while some of you have enjoyed this, it is not necessarily good for our shed. Shed assemblies allow members from individual pods to gather in a common area, promoting the comradeship which underlies the very purpose of coming to the shed. The current situation has dissuaded inter-mingling of shed members, and this can fracture the concepts of shed unity.
So, we will open again, but with strict hygiene conditions in place. These are not our rules, they are those established by state government. Many of you will be surprised to learn that just to allow members through the gates, we were required to complete and sign-up to an enforceable COVID plan. As part of that plan, social distancing and sanitising rules, must be in place. If we are caught breaking the rules, heavy fines are the result!
What procedures are required?
All of the above may feel a little draconian, but it is a place to start. The rules may prove impractical to follow, but this won’t be known till we give it a try, “tweaking” is always an option. However, members are asked to do their utmost to ensure our shed is as safe as we can make it, so please, respect the conditions imposed on us, and have consideration for your fellow members.
Thanks to a lot of hard work by our President Steve and the assistance of local member Sandy Bolton the shed was cleared to open by the Deputy Premier Stephen Miles. However, the virus is still a threat and a number of precautions are required to keep us all safe.
The following rules have been developed by your committee, within State Government rules for attendance at the Noosa Men's Shed. Some additional rules have been developed by individual Shed coordinators and will be advised within these activities.
These rules and guidelines will be under ongoing review by your committee but will remain in place until further updates/advices.
As your committee we strongly appeal to all members for your cooperation in compliance with these rules to assist the Noosa Men's Shed to remain open and maintain the safest possible environment for all.
Considering the august group of fine upstanding members of society we have at the Shed it's not surprising that we have a number of Justices of the Peace in our ranks.
If you need the services of a JP contact John O'Halloran (0411 968 901) to arrange a suitable time and place.
If you are a JP and would like to help also contact John and he'll co-ordinate a contact list.