Coronavirus COVID-19 and us
20 March 2020
The Coronavirus has impacted many lives in Australia and will continue to affect everyone in our country. Girls’ Brigade Australia is concerned for the health and safety of everyone one involved in Girls’ brigade.
Our local company operations are affected in a very real way as we seek to limit the spread of the virus by following all National, State and local government recommendations and directives for hygiene and social distancing.
Girls’ Brigade Australia advises that each and every company is a ministry of the local church and as such each company group should follow the directives of their church. Our advice is that all Girls’ Brigade companies should move activities to a forum that is safe during the current crisis.
It will be sad not to meet face to face for a few weeks or months, but we are excited to see and looking forward to seeing how leaders are going to deliver the Girls’ Brigade program and connect with their girls.
We encourage you all to think of radically different ways to keep in touch with the girls and leaders of your company. Start something new! Share your ideas with us and we will share ideas in the newsletter and also on FaceBook!
Latest health advice
There has been some conflicting and confusing advice circulating, particularly on social media, so we urge you to seek out information from the Australian Health website or your state health department and to share this source of information with colleagues, family and friends. Australian Health is the lead agency for this response and should always be your first port of call for accurate, up to date information.
You can protect yourself by:
- washing your hands often and properly with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand rubs;
- staying home when you’re unwell;
- staying at least 1.5 meters away from people with symptoms such as fever, a cough, sore throat, fatigue, and shortness of breath;
- covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing.