Covid -19/ Coronavirus is all our responsibility
In these troubling times of information overload we do not intend, nor should we duplicate or replace the more official channels of information sharing. As we know the information shifts on a daily basis as we progress through this situation. Please stay informed and be safe. Importantly avoid the scaremongers and focus on the caremongers .
As of Midnight on 18 Nov 2020 we are in a 6 day lockdown ( pause for the benefit of all ) . Wearing a mask is compulsory but they may be in short supply in SA ( plenty in Australia it is just a supply issue) . You can make a mask which is reusable.
Lets be our best selves and support this action
Here are some links to useful information on this important issue.
Global Centre for Modern Ageing
Modern Ageing Portal to help older people stay healthy, connected and active With social distancing continuing to have a significant impact despite the easing of restrictions in some areas and jurisdictions, the Global Centre for Modern Ageing has launched an information portal (gcma.net.au/portal) filled with tips and links to help older people to stay healthy, connected and active.
Dubbed the “Modern Ageing Portal”, our online resource aims to help older people cut through the noise and serves as a one stop shop to find trusted information during the COVID-19 restrictions and beyond.
Watch video here
City of Marion Talking points sets out their response to Covid-19 See also their website https://www.marion.sa.gov.au/about-council/coronavirus
Thanks to our local Councillor Tim Gard for providing this information
City of Holdfast Bay from their website https://www.holdfast.sa.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-latest-information
Useful contact details:
The following are possible contacts that you may find useful to use our share with a neighbour in need
What can you do personally?
Physical health hygiene To help do your part to protect against infection and prevent the virus spreading please continue to listen to the advice of health authorities. Please practise good hygiene. This includes:
Read more about protective measures against coronavirus on the World Health Organization website.
Mental health hygiene is incredibly important
Going into a period of social distancing, self-isolation and restricted facilities may feel daunting or overwhelming, and can contribute to feelings of helplessness and fear. Please be mindful of the following
Supporting your community?
As connection is so important during this time, here are some tips on staying connected to others during this time. Remember – we are all in this together. Don’t underestimate the power of a smile or kind gesture for those you do see to provide hope and normality.
The association has set up a simple framework for how you can safely help your neighbours during this difficult time with our Kind Neighbour Initiative see here
Use of established social media platforms like Facebook , Neighbour Day and Next Door are good sites for local connections and information. Please be careful on Facebook feeds, as not all are factually correct or helpful. There are however some very funny features as it is very important that we maintain both our humanity and our humor during these tricky times.
There are many platforms that allow you to video call your family and friends, like Whatsapp, Facetime, Facebook messenger, Zoom etc. No need to be lonely some people are having virtual gatherings and meals together on line. Something to think about.
Online help from the e-safety commissioner here
Supporting Local businesses
There’s no doubt that businesses, particularly small ones, are going to be suffering at this time. Where possible please continue to sensibly support local businesses in these challenging times.
Importantly limit you need to visit them and when shopping be kind to the staff, other customers and please do not over buy. Australia has enough supplies for 3 Australia’s so be patient, the lack is more about distribution and ability to restock.
There are many business offering delivery services in our area so please make use of them as it spreads the load of in-business gatherings and demands.
If you or someone you know has a business which is struggling, you can get more advice at www.business.sa.gov.au. This website contains a whole suite of useful information covering available grants and loans, access to the instant tax write off program, support for employing apprentices and much more.