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COVID-19 safe guidelines for park volunteers, May 2020

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, May 14, 2020

COVID-19 safe guidelines for park volunteers

In response to the South Australian Government’s Step 1 in easing COVID-19 restrictions roadmap, we encourage park volunteers to recommence activities in partnership with National Parks and Wildlife Service staff.

All Friends of Parks, Volunteer Ranger Program and the Campground Host Program volunteers should familiarise themselves with the below information to keep safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

SA Health advice

Remember to practise good hygiene - this is the first step in preventing the spread of disease.Always apply social distancing. This means avoiding close contact and crowded places wherever possible.

Also, maintain a minimum social distance of 1.5 metres, and have no more than one person per 4-square metres when inside.

Outdoor group activities and guided walks of up to 10 people at a time are permitted so long as social distancing of 1.5 metres is maintained.

If you are unwell or develop symptoms, stay at home and isolate.

Friends of Parks activities

For your safety and the safety of park visitors:

Volunteer with less than 10 members on site at one time, including for working bees.

Bring your own safety equipment, e.g. gloves, mask & goggles, per our workplace health and safety requirements

If you can, bring and use your own tools, otherwise, use the tools provided to you and disinfect them after use.

When possible have group meetings outside, or use an online meeting platform such as Zoom.

Only if essential, have indoor meetings with less than five members.

Volunteer Ranger Program

For your safety and the safety of park visitors:

Bring your own safety equipment, e.g. gloves, mask & goggles, per our workplace health and safety requirements

Wear disposable gloves when passing brochures and maps to visitors or, if working at a visitor centre, to reduce contact with hard surfaces

Use the tools provided to you and disinfect them after use.

Limit direct contact time with members of the public (e.g., aim for less than 15 minutes per person)

Campground Host Program

For your safety and the safety of park visitors:

Bring your own safety equipment, e.g. gloves, mask & goggles per our workplace health and safety requirements

Wear disposable gloves when passing brochures and maps to visitors or, if relevant e.g., in camp kitchens or visitor centres, to reduce contact with hard surfaces

Use the tools provided to you and disinfect them after use.

Limit direct contact time with members of the public (e.g., aim for less than 15 minutes per person)

Work closely with your local Park Ranger to ensure your safety and wellbeing, including when carrying out maintenance tasks.

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