Updated: 11 June 2020
Selwyn Centres reopen under Alert Level 1
With the move to Alert Level 1 on 9 June, it’s now safe to gather together in groups, with no restrictions on numbers. This means Selwyn Centres can reopen, and guests, volunteers and coordinators are able to celebrate being together again.
There are, however, some people who may have concerns about being in a group, as it takes time to rebuild our confidence about safe gatherings. To help prepare for reopening, we’ve developed guidelines for Centres as they look to resume their sessions. This checklist is for guidance on the safe operation of the Centre, and each parish will also have health and safety guidelines.
People attending the Centres must be feeling well, otherwise should stay home and see their doctor if they have any flu-like symptoms. The Centre environment will be cleaned before opening, and everyone will be reminded of the need to practise good health and hygiene etiquette (handwashing, using hand sanitiser, coughing into the elbow), and about safe food preparation and handling. The Centres will maintain a register of guest and visitor attendance for contact tracing if required.
We would like to sincerely thank all our Selwyn Centre coordinators and volunteers for their understanding and commitment over these challenging times, and for everything they’ve done to keep our Selwyn Centre community safe. We’re delighted that they’ll be able to welcome back their Selwyn Centre guests. Let’s now look forward to ‘uniting for recovery’ and reuniting with our Selwyn Centre community.
For information on COVID-19, go to www.covid19.govt.nz. The Foundation offers a wide range of resources and advice on support services that are available to older people at our ‘Be Well, Be Kind, Be Safe’ webpages.