COVID-19 Business Guidelines and Safety Plan
Updated January 17, 2022
The health and safety of our audiences, clients, staff, volunteers and the local community are of the utmost importance to us. All volunteers and staff are briefed on the COVID-19 guidelines from NSW Health. Staff and volunteers to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and get tested if they feel unwell.
The Byron Community Centre building is open to the general public. Please stay away:
- If you are unwell.
- If you have tested positive for COVID-19.
- If you have been identified as a close contact and self isolating.
Staff and volunteers are encouraged to work from home where possible.
- All people over the age of 12 must wear a face mask in indoor areas.
- Masks are not required in outdoor areas.
Exemptions are available. Learn more about face mask rules.
COVID-19 Safe Check-In
- COVID-19 Safe QR check-ins to BCC venues is not required.
- BCC will continue to provide the option to ensure people can check-in or provide their contact details when they enter.
- Masks will be provided for staff and volunteers and are offered to clients, participants and members of the public who enter the BCC building.
If you are entering a BCC venue and would like to check-in, you must:
- Check in with the Service NSW app or;
- Provide your details to the BCC reception.
Learn more about COVID-19 Safe Check-in.
The Byron Community Centre and Byron Theatre are now open to everyone, regardless of whether you are fully vaccinated or not.
You no longer need to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated.
COVID-19 cases in the workplace
The Byron Community Centre gives preference to vaccinated staff, volunteers and contractors to protect all staff, volunteers, contractors, service users and the community from COVID-19.
The Byron Community Centre is following all NSW Health guidelines in the instance that a member of staff/volunteer/attendee/client tests positive to COVID-19.
The BCC will notify SafeWork if a worker has contracted COVID-19 at work, or was likely infectious in the workplace.
For more information visit Guidance for businesses with a worker who tests positive for COVID-19.
Anyone can visit the Byron Theatre.
- Patrons and staff are not required to be fully vaccinated or carry vaccination evidence.
- COVID-19 Safe Check-in is optional.
- Face masks are required, subject to exemptions.
NSW Health strongly advises that patrons consider being seated while drinking at the Theatre Bar.
Effective 8 January 2022, singing and dancing at Byron Theatre will not be permitted other than for:
- A performer who is performing or rehearsing on the premises; or
- A person who is instructing, or being instructed, in singing or dancing on the premises.
Byron Theatre patrons are not allowed to sing or dance unless the patrons are performing, rehearsing, or being instructed in singing or dancing.
- There are no restrictions on the number of people allowed at the Byron Theatre and Theatre Bar, however indoor density limits of 1 person per 2 square metres applies.
- Drinking indoors and outdoors may be seated or standing.
- There is no limit on the number of people for a group booking.
COVID-19 Safety Plan
The BCC is no longer required to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan.
We are keeping a COVID-19 Safety Plan available to help the BCC maintain a safe environment for staff, volunteers and visitors.
Hygiene and Cleaning
- The Byron Community Centre has commercial cleaners who clean the building each morning before opening hours.
- Each day a volunteer or staff member will be designated to clean and disinfect common surfaces at regular intervals (eg. common tables, handles, kitchen areas, light switches, and any shared keyboards, mouse and phone headsets).
- Sanitising stations and sanitiser will be available throughout the building.
- Please teach and adopt good hygiene practices at all times.
- Bathrooms will be well-stocked with hand soap and paper towels.
- All staff should wipe over their desk and other personal equipment at the end of each day.
- All kitchen areas should have detergent/disinfectant available for use.
Wellbeing of Clients, Visitors, Staff and Volunteers
- Sanitise your hands when you enter the premises, at regular intervals during your visit, and before you leave the building. Sanitising stations will be set up at each main entrance and at other points around the Centre.
- Any staff/volunteers should monitor for symptoms and advise their manager if they are feeling unwell or have tested positive to COVID-19.
- All communal spaces will be thoroughly cleaned, and must remain tidy and clear at all times.
- Personal equipment (eg. phones, glasses) should be cleaned regularly using disinfectant wipes.
- Staff should discuss any sick leave entitlements due to COVID-19 related illnesses with their manager.
For any further information regarding rules and restrictions in NSW for businesses, please see the NSW Government website.
These guidelines are reviewed by management regularly to ensure that we are complying with national and state public health directions.
For any general enquiries, please call the office on (02) 6685 6807 or email the appropriate staff member.
General Information from NSW Health
Stay safe and stop the spread of COVID-19.
Check in when you go out.
Present your COVID-19 digital certificate via the Service NSW app.
Get vaccinated when you are eligible.
Get tested if you have the mildest of symptoms and even if you have been vaccinated.
Wear a face mask when required.