Your COVID-safe guidelines
We encourage all members to have a COVID-Safe Plan to ensure the safety and wellbeing of your business, your staff and your customers.
Review and update your plans regularly, especially when restrictions or public health advice changes. Organisations with multiple worksites should complete a COVIDSafe Plan for each worksite.
To ensure the safety of staff during times of restriction, we recommend:
- Creating workforce bubbles
- Recording the roster of all workers each day including the work areas, work teams and breaks taken for each worker bubble
- Providing training to all workers that covers good hygiene practices and ensuring workers do not come to work when they are unwell
- Ensuring staff have the facilities to practise good hygiene
- For retailers, ensure strict social distancing practices are in play
- Create a one directional flow system from point of entry to exit. Cafes must remain closed when directed by the State Government.
- QR code scanning must be in place.
Help stop the spread of COVID-19
- Keep records of all workers and visitors. Fast and accurate contact information helps contact tracers contain an outbreak quickly
- Get tested if you are ill; anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should be tested immediately and stay home until given the all-clear
- Support your workers to get vaccinated.
Regional border lockdowns
The advice from the state government is that where work cannot be performed at home, then you are permitted to travel. Those moving plant material can do so under the term logistics/transport – in some cases green life is being moved into hardware stores which are permitted to be open. Deliveries of essential products to maintain the operations of your business are permitted. eg. potting mix.
For organisations that support the nursery industry with trade marts/soil yards eg. Benara Nurseries, Baileys, Richgro, these are permitted to remain open as they also provide a supporting service to the construction and agriculture industry.
- Ensure staff travelling from outside of restricted areas have a letter from your business explaining that they are travelling to your site and cannot perform their duties at home.
- Ensure all your staff understand your businesses hygiene practices and most importantly what you expect in terms of Covid-19 management at your nursery/garden centre.
- Trucks leaving any restricted zone do not need a travel permit. Please click on the following link for further info https://www.g2gpass.com.au/. However it may be advisable to provide your driver with a letter clearly stipulating you are moving perishable goods.
- For retailers, ensure strict social distancing practices are in play. Create a one directional flow system from point of entry to exit. Cafés must remain shut when instructed to do so. QR code scanning must be in place.