Dear Colleagues

As you will have heard, there is a new locally acquired case of COVID-19 in Sydney. Investigations into the source of the infection and contact tracing are underway.

Sydney hotspot areas: 27 April – 4 May 2021

Anyone who has visited a list of venues in greater Sydney is asked to immediately self-isolate for 14 days and get tested even if you have no symptoms.

This advice applies to everyone, including those people who have been partially or fully vaccinated.

New restrictions for Greater Sydney

Considering this community transmission, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has just announced new restrictions for Sydney, Wollongong, the Central Coast, and the Blue Mountains, enforceable from 5pm today (Thursday) until 12.01am on Monday 10 May.

New restrictions:

  • Masks are compulsory in public indoor areas such as the Library, UniBar, and retail shops on UOW campuses;
  • In teaching spaces on UOW campuses, a face mask is required if it is not possible to maintain 1.5 metres of physical distance from others;
  • Masks are compulsory on public transport and for front-of-house hospitality staff;
  • Drinking while standing up at indoor venues will not be allowed;
  • Dancing and singing in indoor venues will not be permitted;
  • Household gatherings will be limited to 20 people, including children;
  • Visitors at aged care facilities will be restricted to two people.

COVID-Safe rules on campus

All staff are reminded that our current guidance remains in place to:

  • Maintain social distancing in all areas of the University (e.g. 1.5m physical separation);
  • Wear a face mask if it is hard to maintain 1.5 metres of physical distance;
  • Meetings should include face-to-face and video/teleconferencing options;
  • Hot desks and shared facilities to ensure strict cleaning requirements;
  • Avoid congregation in amenities and shared spaces e.g. kitchenettes, toilets;
  • Minimise visitors attending campus – conduct meetings via tele or videoconferencing;
  • In accordance with NSW Health requirements, students, staff, and visitors to our Australian campuses are required to check-in using QR codes.
  • Consider staggering and flexibility of working hours to reduce transport congestion.

As always, please continue to follow University COVID-Safe practices, government advice and keep yourselves, your colleagues, and your loved ones safe.

Regards,

Damien Israel
Chief Operating Officer