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Photo of Pygmy Possum Lodge in Winter

Winter 2022 COVID Safe Rules

To minimise the chance of infection being brought to the lodge all Members and Guests are now required to either:

  1. Be fully vaccinated AND
  2. Have a negative COVID-19 RAT test immediately prior to departure for the lodge, or have done a PCR test (within a day or so of departure) which has returned a negative result.
This is what everyone will agree to when they complete the necessary online waiver in order to fully qualify to stay at the lodge.

In the event of a Member or Guest becoming ill at the lodge, they will be required to take a RAT test. If they test COVID positive, NSW Health rules are clear. They should leave as soon as they can and return to their place of residence.

Summer 2022 COVID Safe Policy

The Elouera Ski Club membership was notified on 7th December 2021 of the Board's intention to require full COVID-19 vaccination as the default for residence in Pygmy Possum Lodge once restrictions eased on 15th December 2021. Comments were invited. All responses were positive, the only issue of concern being what COVID test would be required for anyone who remained unvaccinated.

To minimise the chance of infection being brought to the lodge all Members and Guests were required to either:

  1. Be fully vaccinated OR
  2. Have a timely negative Covid-19 PCR test prior to arrival (currently 3 days prior based on NSW Health guidelines).

Original COVID Safe Plan with Risk Assessment

The Summer 2020 REVISED COVID Safe Plan Document provided a risk assessment, an analysis of the facilities of the lodge, and the actions required to minimise the risks of COVID-19 spread of COVID-19 for lodge occupants. Compliance with the COVID Safety Plan is NOT optional.

As per the 2022 Summer COVID Policy, to minimise the chance of infection being brought to the lodge all Members and Guests were required to either:

  1. Be fully vaccinated OR
  2. Have a timely negative Covid-19 PCR test prior to arrival (currently 3 days prior based on NSW Health guidelines).

The document PUTTING THE MARCH 2021 PYGMY POSSUM COVID REGULATIONS AND SAFETY PLAN INTO ACTION gives a succinct summary of what is expected of guests in order to comply with the COVID Safe plan.

During the Ski Season the Charlottes Pass Ski Resort’s Over snow acted as a restriction point on access to the Village and Lodge by checking temperatures, requiring the wearing of masks and the signing of a waiver indicating you did not pose a high risk of carrying coronavirus.

Please do not come to Pygmy Possum Lodge if you:

 

The general principles for running a COVID-safe lodge will be familiar to everyone and include:

 

Waiver of Liability for Clubs Without Resident Managers

Before any booking can go ahead (even if already Confirmed fully paid for) it is necessary for the every person over the age of eighteen to complete the Online Waiver of Liability for Clubs Without Resident Managers. The link/s to this Waiver will be emailed to the booking contact's email address in the week prior to the booking startdate. It is the responsibility of that contact person to pass the email on to the others on their booking.

 

Summer Operations

During summer there is not be a COVID Safe Officer in residence. Summer Lodge Captains have the responsibility of ensuring people comply with the COVID Safe Plan.

To assist with COVID Safe management the following additional documents have been provided at the lodge:

For reference:

 

Hand Sanitiser Stations, and Ethanol Spray Bottles

Hand sanitisers are available in the following locations of the lodge:

Photo of Hand Sanitiser at entrance to the lodge
 
  • Both East and West side of the front door
  • Downstairs toilets at the wash basin
  • Beside the sign-on sheets near the games room
  • Kitchen bench closest to the entry to the kitchen
  • In the quiet lounges

Extra hand sanitiser boxes are in the foodstore under the community products bench.

70% Ethanol Spray Bottles are available for sanitising door knobs and light switches:

Photo of Ethanol Spray Bottle Station
 
  • Two on top of each bookshelf in the Lounge/Dining, "COVID SANITISER" label on the bookshelf where they are to sit. (for use in kitchen level bedrooms)
  • A few in each of the Storerooms for the upstairs bedrooms.
  • In each kitchen, under the sinks.

Refill for the Ethanol bottles is in the foodstore, up on a high shelf.

Kitchen Hygiene Management

Please read the cleaning and washing up procedures notice as posted on the door of each sink cupboard in the lodge kitchens.

Draft Procedures Alternative 1.

Draft Procedures Alternative 2.

Kitchen Social Distancing Management

In order to maintain 5 people in the kitchen at once as a maximum, implement a roster for the evening meal preparation. The actual structure of the roster would depend on the mix of groups in the lodge. Larger groups with shared catering would require a longer time slot etc.

kitchen layout diagram
 
  • Two small groups (2 people max) doing food preparation/clean-up in the kitchen at once, one group on each side in the yellow and green highlight areas. These groups would have a fixed time slot.
  • The space immediately adjacent to the entrance archway (opposite the fridges, blue highlight area) allocated as a single-user short-term use area. The existing kettle, microwave and stove to be used by people who will just be in and out, making drinks or monitoring their prepared food as it completes cooking in the oven or on the stove-top. This space cannot be used for food preparation. Groups may want to move a second microwave into this area as well. The community use tea, coffee and sugar could be moved to the bottom shelf of the spices cupboard to support this model - but these are an obvious vector for virus spread if an infected person handles the containers!
  • Some food preparation might need to be done on a dining table.

Dining Room Social Distancing Management

Lodge Cleaning Protocols

Signage at the Entrance to the Kitchen

Page last updated: 16 May, 2022