COVID-19 Actions by Birds Queensland

The Management Committee is closely monitoring official advice on Corona virus from the public health government sources. We consider it appropriate to recommend prudent and practical precautions generally and also when involved in Birds Queensland activities. These are outlined below:

Coronavirus Precautions

  1. Wash hands regularly with appropriate sanitisers or soap and water. Carry a personal sanitiser pack and avoid touching your face or shaking hands. Maintain appropriate distance when at meetings or gatherings. We now provide hand sanitisers at The Bower and at our monthly meeting venue.
  2. Members who have travelled recently from any overseas location should consider self-isolation at home for two weeks afterwards and should not attend Birds Queensland activities.
  3. People with respiratory symptoms - fever, cough, sneezing, sore throat or any difficulty breathing - should avoid BQ activities until the nature of their illness is clear and they no longer have such symptoms.

COVID-19 Update

Following further easing of restrictions, Birds Queensland activities are expected to resume over the next 2 months.

Outings will commence in July; there is a camp scheduled for August; the monthly general meeting is planned to recommence at the Warner Hall, Merthyr Road Uniting Church on 6th August (see further details below). The activity coordinators will advise when Easy Start walks, and Citizen Science surveys and activities will recommence. QWSG individual site surveys and Banding activities have recommenced.

Visits to Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary are dependent on the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) which owns this and other sanctuaries throughout Australia. Now all of the sanctuaries remain closed, but we understand that AWC will review the matter in July. Members will be kept updated on any change.

Outdoor Activities

As with other organisations, sporting clubs, etc, Birds Queensland has had to prepare a COVID safe management plan which will mean those participating in any of our activities will need to observe COVID safe practices as advised by the government. The sign on sheet for activities while the COVID legislation remains will also need a little more information as it will be a tracking and tracing document. This requirement is for the benefit of all members and visitors.

To give you an idea of the COVID safe practices applying to activities, the details are as follows:

  • The activity leader is responsible for informing attendees of BQ’s Activity Management Plan to ensure COVID safe practices during this activity.
  • A register of all attendees must be kept, and this must be retained for at least 2 months from the date of the activity. This is for tracking/tracing purposes. This form is to be kept by the activity coordinator (e.g. Outings Coordinator, Camp out Coordinator, etc).
  • Unwell people, even with minor symptoms, or who have had contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 must not attend the activity.
  • All activity participants must follow the required COVID restrictions including any travel restrictions.
  • Participants not from the same household are to practice social distancing.
  • All activity participants are asked to carry personal sanitiser, water bottle and food and not to share this unless within a family/household group.
  • All activity participants to be asked to regularly wash or sanitise hands and maintain personal hygiene.
  • Equipment is not to be shared and is to be regularly sanitised, as necessary.

You will be asked to print your name on the attendance sheet provided together with your email address and a contact telephone number.

For gatherings at The Bower, the requirements are more or less the same but take into account the indoor nature of the activity.

Further information

For information, we provide the following links to some advisory documents about the Coronavirus:

Coronavirus (COVID-19), Australian Government

Roadmap to easing Queenslands restrictions

Note: This page will be updated should the situation change.

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