Below is the current response and the future response should cases increase again.
Please read this so that you understand what you can expect from me and what I expect from you.
CURRENT RESPONSE While the current situation is good in Canberra we know that things could change at any time. If we go into lockdown all sessions will shift to zoom or by phone. An update will be sent to you and we can work out how best to proceed with your sessions.
There are three main considerations at the moment:
Please check-in with the COVID app on arrival. If you prefer not to or have no phone I can make a note of that.
If you are concerned about your (or others') health we can either shift to zoom or both wear masks in the office. I mention this because while I am careful and ask others to be, I cannot guarantee anyone's complete safety from acquiring COVID-19 at the practice.
If you have any reason to suspect that you could provide a risk then please let me know and we will organise zoom or phone sessions or you can wait until you have moved through the quarantine period. I would prefer you were overcautious about all precautions for yourself, for me and because I work with people who have compromised immunity and in aged-care.
Further considerations for those coming in person: What you can expect from me:
I will not come to work if I am ill or have any knowledge of being near someone with COVID-19 or an outbreak area.
I will let you know if I become ill and it is diagnosed as COVID-19.
I will sanitise my hands before and after sessions and doorknobs and other surfaces regularly.
I will respect any choices you need to make to protect yourself or others around changing appointments or cancelling. There will be no cancellation fees for COVID related changes.
And here is what I expect from you:
You do not come to sessions if you have symptoms that could be COVID-19.
You do not come if you have any reason to suspect that you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 or an outbreak area.
You sanitise your hands before the session. I have sanitiser here.
You inform me if you become ill after a session and have tested positive or are likely to for COVID-19.
You respect all quarantine and safety directives from the government. Particularly important with the current Sydney situation.
Safety matters and is tricky hard with something unseen like a virus. We can't know everything. This means that despite all safety measures there is ALWAYS some risk with face to face sessions. It is up to each of us to do our part to protect ourselves, each other, and those with whom we have contact - including other clients at the practice.
What also matters is that we find ways to continue to do the work. I have worked a lot on zoom and while it is not the same it is still possible and useful for many people. And I am also happy to wear a mask and/or have shorter sessions for those who would feel safer with this precaution.
There is some balance of risk in any decision and many factors play into any decision we make. I ask that we all be:
honest about our health and our contact with others and known COVID outbreak areas;
true to our needs, fears, hopes and concerns around how we do sessions;