Leisure Networks COVID-19 Update 20 July 2020

LEISURE NETWORKS COVID-19 Update – 20 July 2020  

Your health and safety is in the front of our mind

With the latest announcements from the state and federal governments around COVID-19, and Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire becoming a mandatory mask zone from Wednesday 22nd July at 11.59pm we wanted to provide you with an update on Leisure Networks current position in this challenging and uncertain time of COVID -19.

Government Recommendations for face masks in Victoria:

The Victorian Government are now requesting all Victorians wear a face mask when you are outside of your home and are unable to maintain 1.5m distance between yourself and others, along with making face masks now mandatory in Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire.

If you live and/or work in Melbourne or Mitchell Shire:

All Leisure Networks staff living and/or working in Melbourne or the Mitchell Shire will be wearing face masks at all times whilst supporting our customers, which includes in home, travelling in cars and visiting shopping centres.

If you live and/or work in Geelong/Regional Victoria:

All Leisure Networks staff living and/or working in Geelong and Regional Victoria will be wearing face masks while supporting customers in home, travelling in cars, or in the community if they are unable to maintain 1.5m social distance.   In some instances customers may request our staff to wear one at all times which we completely support.

You can find further information on the use of face masks by following the below link. https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/face-masks-covid-19

Frequently asked questions:

Are face masks compulsory?

All Victorians in lockdown areas – Melbourne and Mitchell Shire – must wear face masks in public.

What constitutes a face mask?

All the usual face masks can be worn, but so can scarves and bandanas, as the state government realises not everyone will have the access or financial means to a factory-made mask.

What happens If I don’t wear a face mask?

Anyone who does not comply will be hit with a $200 fine unless police are convinced you qualify for one of the four reasons.

What are the four reasons?

  1. It may be reasonable not to wear a mask if you are going for a run
  2. You have medical issues that make mask wearing difficult
  3. You have a job that is not amenable to mask wearing
  4. You are a child aged under 12 years old.

But even if you fall into one of those categories you must still carry a mask with you while you are outside.

What are the four reasons I can leave home in the Melbourne and Mitchell Shire?

  1. Going to work or school;
  2. Care or care giving;
  3. Daily exercise;
  4. Buying food and other essentials

We know that many people we support and their families are needing important supports at this challenging time. We are doing everything we can to continue supporting all our customers.

Supports we can provide to help keep customers healthy, safe and connected

  • Supporting people in their home or single night 1:1 respite services outside the home
  • Assisting with house cleaning, gardening and meal preparation
  • Taking people to appointments or early morning shopping
  • One to one supports for safe outdoor activities
  • Picking up medicines, shopping or other essentials
  • Conducting online learning and research as part of SLES or other NDIS goal


We are still here – so please don’t hesitate to contact us

Over the last 30 years Leisure Networks has been supporting people with disabilities to be independent and connected in their community – in this very uncertain time, we want to continue ensuring our customers are safe and still feel connected – we have an incredible team that can assist with making this happen.

The best way to contact us is during office hours (8.30am – 5.00pm) and by calling our Customer Engagement Team on phone 5222 3911.

While I appreciate this is an uncertain time, we are taking advice from the key agencies to ensure we are up to date with the latest information to ensure the health and safety of all our customers and staff.


Take care everyone,


CEO Leisure Networks

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