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The Weekly Bite – March 20, 2020—Issue 2370

Hi All

I received an email from a supportive member,  Jim Mathers, in response to our COVID-19 email to all members which I would like to share with you.   I would like to thank Jim for his help.

I feel some very prominent hygiene signs should be put up in a few places around the centre … reminding people to keep equipment wiped down, to frequently wash or sanitise their hands and to cough into the crook of their folded arm (if they need to cough).

I’m concerned that people will think they are 100% fine if they wear these gloves.  Of course, they can be infected if they touch an infected surface with gloves and then touch their face (e.g. mouth, nose, eyes).  The important message that I think is missing is that people should avoid touching their faces, whether or not they are wearing gloves.

I appreciate that it’s tough and it’s a cost, but I feel that there needs to be more hand sanitiser and wipes around the whole centre. Perhaps there could be some disposable packets of wipes regularly distributed strategically (assuming they can be bought somewhere), as well as some more foot pedal bins to accompany them. (These small bins fill up quickly.)

Thanks again for your concern and attention to the difficult time the community is facing. The points above are just some thoughts I wanted to share with you for consideration. I hope people can be calm and carry on and, of course, keep doing their regular exercise. Otherwise, the world will go mad.


Hello Jim

All valid points and thank you for making the effort to write this.

You are exactly right about gloves and touching your face. Yesterday I developed a resource that has a bold line in red exactly with that direction. Wear gloves and don’t touch your face!!

Re, the wipes, I will assess the current positioning of these.  Our commercial supplier is out of stock for some items however we expect them soon. Those big dispensers (we have 3 actually) do need bigger bins and we will address this. And Brian and I have been out this afternoon going to Coles, Woolworths, Aldi, IGA to try and get wipes. So challenging times indeed. 

We also plan to put a new cabinet in the ladies changeroom with a tap that can be operated by an arm rather than having to turn a tap with your hand.  Brian hopes to do this on Sunday.


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