COVID-19 Awareness Updates
Wednesday 22 July 2020
Face coverings in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire
Bliss Early Learning Australia would like to provide you with an update and some important information regarding the use of face coverings for parents and children who currently attend our Bliss Services within metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire. This information comes from the recent developments with regard to COVID-19 and Bliss Early Learning’s continued commitment to the care and safety of their children and employees.
Bliss Early Learning has adopted the Victorian Government Health Sector Guidelines by ensuring they are up to date with the latest information, and that any necessary steps have been taken to slow the spread of COVID-19. The result of which has been the recent requirement for anyone living in the metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire area to wear a face-covering whenever you leave your home.
In a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state, the wearing of masks has been recommended in situations where one cannot socially distance. Because of this, the Victorian Government are enforcing the wearing of face coverings for anyone living in the metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire area from 11:59pm on Wednesday 22 July. A face covering must be worn when residents leave their homes for the four legally permissible reasons – food, exercise, work or education, and caregiving.
Anyone aged 12 years or older must wear a mask when leaving the house. Masks should also be a “consideration” for children aged between 2-12 years old but are not recommended for toddlers due to safety concerns.
Face Coverings at Bliss Services
Parents will be required to wear face coverings when attending a Bliss Service at drop-off and pick-up times during temperature checks and transitions from parent/Guardian to staff member. Please advise your Service Manager if you have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing a mask or face covering.
You will notice our staff wearing face coverings when they are not working with children (in reception areas, staff rooms, foyers, and when taking temperatures) as well as in travelling to and from our Services.
The use of masks can reduce the chance of COVID-19 transmission by up to 80% and should be used in situations where you cannot social distance. Our commitment to the ongoing health, safety and well-being of Children and our Educators in our Services remains our first priority and we will continue to provide essential learning and care for all families across Victoria.
The safeguarding of the health and wellbeing of our children, staff and wider communities is our top priority and we will continue to act in accordance with the latest public health advice from the Australian Government.
If you have any queries or concerns relating to COVID-19 or our approach, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further clarification.
For the latest on the coronavirus please refer to the following Australian Government website: https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov and attached Bliss Safety Measures Checklist.
Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation in relation to this important matter.
Chief Executive Officer