The Club’s Board of Directors have unanimously voted to remain closed to unvaccinated people over 16 years of age, unless they have medical documentation preventing them from being vaccinated. This will extend the ‘vaccinated only’ restrictions at the club until 31st January.
This decision was made after consultation with staff and members, Clubs NSW, our solicitors and our Club Directors. Currently there are 10 other clubs on the Northern Beaches, and many clubs across Sydney, that have also come to this decision.
COVID-19 is Not Eradicated
NSW Health Minister, Brad Hazzard stated, “I think the licensed clubs’ decision is very sensible. My view as Health Minister is that we are still smack in the middle of a worldwide pandemic and businesses have to make sensible decisions to protect their staff and their patrons”.
Victoria has opened up removing all restrictions for vaccinated people, but unvaccinated people in that State remain restricted from entering cafes, bars, clubs and even retail venues. Queensland too will not allow unvaccinated people into pubs, clubs restaurants, etc under a Health Order which comes into force on 17th December. Internationally, Europe has had an ‘open’ summer and, in some countries, is now looking at lockdowns and curfews again. Unfortunately, it seems that this pandemic is not over yet.
The NSW government has at this stage left this decision up to individual businesses and we have decided to make the ongoing health and safety of our staff, patrons and the wider community our highest priority. It is the Club’s responsibility and non-delegable duty to minimise risk in the workplace. Under the Work Health and Safety Act 2022(NSW) and in general law, it is the Club’s responsibility to make decisions that, to the best of our ability, maintain a safe working environment for our employees and for our patrons.
Over the past nearly two years many Members have commended the Club for working diligently to maintain a COVID-safe environment and they see this latest decision as a logical extension to that approach.
COVID Vaccination Policy
- Our Club will only allow fully vaccinated persons over the age of 16 years into the club, unless they have documented medical reasons for not vaccinating.
- The Club will conduct a policy review on 31st January 2022, or earlier if there is a significant change in the COVID pandemic environment.
- All our employees are fully vaccinated into 2022. All new employees will be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment.
Regrettably, we understand that some members of our community will be disappointed by this decision but we believe it to be the correct option mindful of all the available information at hand.
Signing in for members and guests, will remain a two-step process:-
1. Visually verify vaccination status - A COVID sticker will be provided to all patrons after verification. This sticker will be used from then as proof to have access to the Club faster.
2. COVID Check In using the QR Code for Visitors and Members
Step 1 is very important and many people have already downloaded a digital copy of the Vaccination Certificate onto their smartphone. If you would like to learn how you can get a record of your COVID-19 vaccination record please use the following link: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Factsheets/getting-covid-vac-record.pdf
As an alternative, we advise you contact the Australian Immunisation Register by calling 1800 653 809 and ask them to send you an Immunisation History Statement. Please contact them as soon as possible and allow up to 14 days for the statement to arrive by mail.
The Club is subject to room capacity limits, with the 2 sqm rule applying for both indoors and outdoor areas. Face masks are mandatory for all indoor areas. Children under 12 years of age are not be required to wear a face mask.
Our fully vaccinated staff are doing their absolute best to make entry to the Club as easy as possible, so please be patient.
Welcome back to Forestville RSL. We hope to see you soon!
Forestville RSL Club