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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update for Men’s Sheds in Victoria | 3 August

3 August 2020

Hello Shedders

Due to the recent announcement by the Victorian Government all Men’s Sheds located within the State of Victoria should be closed as of Thursday 6 August 2020.

We know many sheds have closed this past week based on recommendations, and even some prior to that.

We understand how important Men’s Sheds are to members.

We also live and breathe sheds and more than anyone know the real life difference the shed makes to the lives of many thousands of men and women.

Unfortunately, based on the Victorian Government’s most recent advice Men’s Sheds MUST close.

Melbourne moved to stage 4 restrictions from 6pm on 2 August 2020 until Sunday 13 September, and from 11:59pm on Wednesday 5 August, Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions apply in regional Victoria. This will mean that it will no longer be legal to open Men’s Shed facilities.

This directive means you may be acting against the terms and conditions of the insurance policies, should anything occur whilst operating the Shed, until such time it is no longer considered a restricted premise.

As it is likely your Shed may be closed for some time, we encourage you to employ the following:

• Ensure the Shed is secure
• Ensure the water is switched off (unless it is supplying a sprinkler system)
• Ensure pallets or flammable materials are not stored against the Shed
• Wheelie bins are best stored inside the Shed
• If safe and legal to do so, have a person externally inspect the premises once a week —  this may become impractical to do as further tightening of restrictions are made — please monitor the situation
• DO NOT place any notices on Social Media or your Shed doors noting the Shed is closed — this signals to thieves the Shed is available to them
• If at all possible, have items of expense/attractiveness to thieves (computers etc), taken to member’s homes prior to the shutdown

For older Australians, the outcomes of contracting coronavirus (COVID-19) are just too harmful to take any risk. We must take every precautionary measure to prevent the spread of this potentially deadly virus.

As many of us are now physically distancing ourselves from shed mates, friends and even family, AMSA has developed ways to bring some flavour of the shed to you, as well as some ways to maintain some level of social connection during this time. Because, despite being physically isolated, our community spirit still connects us — we’re in this together.

If you need us, the AMSA team is still available on 1300 550 009 or at amsa@mensshed.net You can also follow us on Facebook

Government advice and directives are being reviewed regularly. You can stay up to date the recommendations provided by the Victorian department of Health and Human Services https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorias-restriction-levels-covid-19

These are extrordinary times and if you are struggling, please reach out.

There are a number of support options available to you during the coronavirus pandemic — you can contact Beyondblue: https://coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au/

I want to leave you with the reminder to focus on just four things in these uncertain times: stay connected, stay active, stay positive and stay informed.

We’re in this together and hopefully we’ll share a cuppa at the shed again soon.

Paul
Chairman
Australian Men’s Shed Association