Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19): Information for Members

Dear Members,

I am writing to update you on the rapidly evolving 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the precautions that the Club is taking, the steps Members should take to protect other Club Members and to outline how we will communicate with Members in the coming weeks.

The health and safety of our Members and staff is always our highest priority.  Members can be assured that the Club is monitoring the latest information and advice from the relevant Australian Government authorities and the World Health Organisation.  We are working on plans for a number of possible scenarios so that we are prepared should the situation change suddenly. 

The current advice from Victoria’s Chief Medical Officer is

At the present time there is no evidence of transmission in the community in Victoria so you should continue to go about your business.  You don’t need to take actions like limiting your movement in the community or staying at home.”

On this basis, the Club is operating as usual, however if you are unwell, please do not come into the Club.  Members should stay at home if they begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache, low grade temperature and/or slight runny nose, until they recover. 

We are following the health and safety precautions recommended by the public health authorities.  We encourage everyone visiting the Club to wash their hands frequently, use proper cough/sneeze etiquette and to use the hand sanitiser units which have been placed around the club.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.  Maintain at least 1 metre distance between you and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. 

Commonly touched surfaces in public and staff areas of the Club are being cleaned and sanitised frequently. 

Members planning to travel overseas, including travel to the forthcoming IALC Cultural Days in Portugal are encouraged to regularly review the Smartraveller website and subscribe for updates. 

Members and guests returning from high risk countries (currently Mainland China, Iran, Italy and South Korea) or anyone who has been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 should follow the advice of the Australia’s Chief Medical Officer and self isolate for 14 days.  Should this cause you to require cancellation or amendment of any booking at the Lyceum Club, we will waive any applicable fees. Members and guests returning from moderate risk countries (currently Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore and Thailand) should monitor their health for 14 days after leaving that country.  If you develop a fever or cough, seek medical advice urgently and isolate yourself.

Members should be guided by the latest advice provided by:

Commonwealth Department of Health
https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov 

Victorian Government Department of Health & Human Services.

https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorian-public-coronavirus-disease-covid-19 

World Health Organisation ‘Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

The current situation is changing on a daily basis.  

Yesterday, we briefed the Circle Convenors regarding the current status and have asked them to play a key role in the rapid dissemination of information to members if the situation changes suddenly. 

We will continue to post information about COVID-19 in the Club’s cloakrooms and on the Club’s website. 

In addition, we will provide members with an email update on a weekly basis, or as the situation changes. 

We sincerely thank Members for their support during this most challenging time.    

Sue Blake 
General Manager
12 March 2020