Our response to the COVID-19 crisis
Official advice about the spread of COVID-19 and how best to manage it is changing almost by the hour.
Although there has been no directive to cancel events under 500 people, medical experts have made it clear immediate steps are needed to reduce contact with other people in order to minimise the epidemic and reduce the strain on our hospitals and intensive care units.
As a result, we have made the difficult decision to close the Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre to the general public temporarily to prioritise the health and well-being of visitors, staff and volunteers.
We have also decided to postpone our upcoming community events and school holiday programmes.
Schools that have booked excursions to the Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre in Term 2 will be given the option of postponing to a later date in the year.
For schools attending excursions in the last few weeks of Term 1, we have taken a number of proactive steps to minimise the risk of exposure, including:
· Closing the centre to the general public
· Encouraging students and teachers to use the hand sanitisers provided
· Providing signage in toilets showing the most effective way to wash your hands
· Increasing cleaning of surfaces
· Advising staff to stay home if they feel unwell
We will be monitoring advice and, if schools are closed, we will postpone the running of our environmental and indigenous education programmes until school resumes.
As a small not-for-profit community organisation, we will be struggling financially with this decision, like many other organisations. However, we believe this is the right course of action for our community, especially for our nurses and doctors, and those most vulnerable.
We hope that you will all support us though this and revisit when it’s safe for us to re-open.
We will be working on on-line material for those isolating at home so kids and families can still connect with nature, whether in their backyard or local bushland. Getting out in the fresh air in nature is the best way to keep your immune system strong and boost your mental health.
Stay safe and well.
From the Staff and Council of the WA Gould League