Important Karumah COVID-19 Update – Tuesday, June 29th
As you’ve most likely heard, NSW is currently facing a resurgence of COVID-19, specifically the highly infectious Delta strain. As a result, greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong are presently experiencing a two-week lockdown. While Newcastle and the Hunter have so far been lucky enough to avoid these measures, we must all be extra vigilant in the coming weeks to keep it that way.
What does this mean for Karumah?
- All Karumah events and groups will sadly be cancelled for at least the next two weeks. We will make a decision about events beyond that point once we see how the situation progresses. This is very disappointing, but the safety of our community must always be our top priority.
- Karumah staff will be working from home for the next two weeks (with Jess already on leave this week). The office phone will not be regularly answered, so if you need anything, please call Marette (0411 060 154) or Aly (0411 060 492). Please refrain from contacting Jess while she’s on leave.
- Aly will send out updates when restrictions or regulation change, and these will also be posted on Facebook and karumah.org.au
- We all need to work together to support each other. Make sure to check in on each other and reach out if you need non-emergency assistance.
- Please call 000 in case of emergency or you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14 for 24/7 crisis support in times of emotional distress.
Current COVID-19 Restrictions for Regional NSW – as of 29/6/21
All regional areas are affected, except the Central Coast, the Blue Mountains and Wollongong — which are already subjected to a stricter lockdown.
From Saturday, June 26, until 11:59 pm on Friday, July 9, the following restrictions apply in all other parts of NSW:
- Visitors to households will be limited to five guests — including children;
- Masks will be compulsory in all indoor non-residential settings, including workplaces, and at organised outdoor events;
- Drinking while standing at indoor venues will not be allowed;
- Singing by audiences and choirs at indoor venues or by congregants at indoor places of worship will not be allowed;
- Dancing will not be allowed at indoor hospitality venues or nightclubs however, dancing is allowed at weddings for the wedding party only (no more than 20 people);
- Dance and gym classes limited to 20 per class (masks must be worn);
- The one person per 4 square metre rule will be re-introduced for all indoor and outdoor settings, including weddings and funerals;
- Outdoor seated, ticketed events will be limited to 50 per cent seated capacity
Remember that anyone living with HIV or a variety of other medical conditions are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine; you can check your eligibility and book here: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/book-covid-vaccination