MidCoast Council's environmental health team is visiting businesses to help develop mandatory COVIDsafe plans and implement safe practices.
The council has produced a short video to help raise awareness, both for businesses and customers of COVIDsafe requirements. The video shows the environmental health officers at work during a real inspection, together with a broad overview of COVIDsafe practices.
"Since June, we've been rolling out inspections which focus on ensuring all Mid Coast businesses have COVIDsafe plans in place, and are implementing the requirements of the plans," council's manager of building and environmental health, Gary Mead said.
"We recognise that it can be complex to ensure your business is compliant with the public health order, while you're also managing changes to normal operations as a result of the pandemic."
So far 160 inspections of Mid Coast businesses have been completed. Inspections focus on the five point checklist, which includes:
- a COVIDsafe plan, implemented in its entirety
- managing physical distancing and venue capacities
- adopting good hygiene practices
- excluding staff and patrons who are unwell or exhibiting symptoms
- keeping records of patrons, contractors and staff.
The free inspections are well underway. Business owners who would prefer to make an appointment to minimise impact on daily operations, can contact the council. Otherwise, inspectors will visit when they can to help you implement the five points above and comply with the public health order.
For resources including links to the public health order, templates and business advice, visit the ShopMidCoast business help hub at shopmidcoast.com.au.
To make an appointment to get help to implement the mandatory requirements, call council's environmental health coordinator, Malcolm Hunter on 6591 7386.