Screen NSW has been monitoring the impacts of COVID-19 on the sector as the situation develops.
We recommend that all clients follow the advice of the NSW Health on how to manage the recent spread of COVID-19 https://www.health.nsw.gov.au
In this current environment, we are conscious that some clients are concerned that they will not be able to deliver on the outcomes of their funding agreements.
Screen NSW wishes to assure all our clients that we will be flexible on funded projects and activities that have been affected by the spread of COVID-19. We have processes in place for clients to vary their agreements.
NSW GOVERNMENT ADVICE ON EVENTS CANCELLATION AND ATTENDANCE
On 15 March 2020, NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard made an Order under Section 7 of the Public Health Act 2010 to force the immediate cancellation of major events with more than 500 people. This includes events such as concerts, sporting fixtures with large crowds, exhibitions and religious celebrations.
Individuals who fail to comply could face up to six months in prison or a fine of up to $11,000 or both, plus additional penalties for each day the offence continues. Corporations face even harsher fines.
Critical workforce, such as healthcare professionals and emergency services workers, are also recommended to limit their attendance at non-essential meetings or conferences.
The advice on mass gatherings does not apply to attendance at schools, universities or child care centres. While all Australians are encouraged to exercise personal responsibility for social distancing, there are no current restrictions recommended on attending other settings, such as shopping centres, or using public transport.
For non-essential organised gatherings with fewer than 500 attendees, NSW Health recommends that organisers:
- remind attendees and staff not to attend if they are feeling unwell
- remind attendees and staff they must not attend if they have travelled overseas in the past 14 days
- ensure emergency management plans are up to date
- brief staff on how to practice good hygiene and making it easy for staff and attendees to practice good hygiene
- have adequate hand washing facilities available
NSW Health also encourages people considering attending these gatherings to:
- stay home and not attend if you are feeling unwell
- stay home and not attend if you have travelled overseas in the past 14 days
- practice good personal hygiene including:
- cleaning your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand rub
- covering your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or a flexed elbow.