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Please read below!

COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS- UPDATES

Currently we have had no reported cases of COVID-19 from Seven Sisters.

We do however ask anyone who has a confirmed diagnosis within the next 2 weeks to inform us at info@sevensistersfestival.com so we can inform our audience via email and our website.

Coronavirus COVID-19 daily update from Victorian Government

See the latest coronavirus information from the  Victorian government’s health services  – https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-daily-update

Advice for consumers from the Victorian Government: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorian-public-coronavirus-disease-covid-19

Facts:

  • Yes, it is a virus
  • We are all responsible for reducing our risk and the risk of those around us.
  • Most people who become infected experience a mild illness and recover; but can become more severe for others.
  • Take care of your self and protect others by washing your hands frequently. 
  • Maintain distances between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose & mouth.
  • Don’t cough into hands – use elbow or tissues.

SYMPTOMS ARE ACUTE (rapid & fast)

  • If you have fever, productive cough, tight chest, SOB & breathing difficulties please come seek support of FIRST AID 
  • Be supportive, be careful, be alert & be kind to each other.
  • Remember touching (hugs, holding or shaking hands) is not recommended

  Make choices that feel best for you. 

RESOURCES:

Public health information hotline is provided by Nurse-on-Call – 1800 675 398.

Medical practitioners needing clinical information or to notify suspected or confirmed cases can contact the Department of Health and Human Services Communicable Diseases Section on 1300 651 160 (24 hours). 

FINDING THE RIGHT RESOURCES

JIGSAW- Using the online tool on the Jigsaw website you can search for a support service in any area in Australia. If you need help finding a service that is right for you. http://jigsaw.ontheline.org.au/

WOMENS INFORMATION AND REFERRAL SERVICE (WIRE) -1300 134 130 M-F, 9-5 –Provides Victorian women free and confidential support, information and referrals on any issues statewide. WIRE takes the time to listen and support women like you via the telephone, info center, online info sheets, email and live chat. http://wire.org.au/

MINDHEALTHCONNECT an online tool helping you to care for your own mind and that of friends by bringing Australia’s leading mental health providers and resources together in one place – allowing you to find mental health information you can trust. http://www.mindhealthconnect.org.au/

EHEADSPACE -1800 650 850 7 days a week, 9am-1am (and online chat) provides online and telephone support and counseling to young people 12 – 25 and their families and friends. If you’re based in Australia and going through a tough time, eheadspace can help.

SEVEN SISTERS RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS

We have been monitoring and following advice from the Victorian Government and creating appropriate risk mitigation strategies with the information provided to us.

We have been providing patrons regular updates with up-to-date Government advice, and event-specific information via SMS, email, website updates and social media.

COMMUNICATION occurred from managers with event departments – workshops, markets, healings & readings, staff, volunteers, arts & performance for risk mitigation strategies. 

DIRECT SMS CONTACT to attendees directing to live page updates from government & festival protocols

OPENING CEREMONY- Registered Emergency Nurse gave public update and briefing in regards to the virus & hygiene practises.

ONSITE POSTERS WITH RISK MINIMISATION STRATEGIES & HEALTH RECOMMENDATIONS FOR GUESTS- were scattered across every department ( toilets, workshops & stages, markets, food markets) 

MAILOUTS with links to up-to-date Government advice

ONSITE RISK MITIGATION STRATEGIES SHARED WITH ATTENDEES ( 14th March)

We would like to update all sisters that the government have released advice suggesting cancelling public gatherings of over 500 people. This is to be used as a preventative measure for the coming months and has been advised to come into effect from this Monday 16th March 2020. There have been no directives from authorities to cancel the event.  We have increased our safety and hygiene measures as well as public education. 

We are providing regular updates to you with up-to-date Government advice, and event-specific information. This webpage accompanies and repeats onsite signage that you might have seen already.

We are living in uncertain times and we encourage you to make the best choices for your wellbeing.

For those who choose to be here at Seven Sisters – we were utilising the following precautions site-wide and shared the  following advice.

GENERAL HYGIENE

  • Exercise good caution in washing hands regularly (soap is being regularly stocked in all bathrooms)
  • If you feel unwell, go to First Aid (available 24/7) located opposite Info Tent

GENERAL MARKET STALLS

 Respect the requests of the stall holder & reduce non–essential touching of items

FOOD MARKETS

 Although all B-alternative crockery, cutlery and wristbands are being commercially cleaned at 70 degrees, we are removing the wristband system to further mitigate risks. We ask that you:

  •  Please return your wristbands asap to the wash station to receive your $5 refund/donation to our charities (CFA, Wildlife Victoria and tree planting).
  • Food vendors will continue to provide you with crockery.
  • Please continue to ensure you return your crockery to the wash station and drop off points as you have been.

 WORKSHOP SPACES & STAGES

 We are

  • Briefing presenters, performers & crew on enhanced hygiene measures
  • Briefing presenters on ensuring that workshop content does not require touching of others to participate.
  • Sanitisation of microphones & AV equipment
  • Reduced sharing of props
  • Ensuring good ventilation of our tents 

We ask that you

  • Please do not attend a workshop if you feel unwell.
  • Respect your sister’s personal space and avoid shaking hands or giving hugs. Invent alternative ways to greet or give gratitude (our suggestions include bum bumps, foot hi-fives, singing each other’s name in operatic gratitude – get creative!)

 TOILETS

 Increased wipe down of all bathroom surfaces.

 We ask that you

  • Thoroughly clean your hands using soap provided for 20 seconds (HOT SOAPY TIP: sing happy birthday twice)
  • Exercise good caution in washing hands regularly (soap is provided in all bathrooms)
  • Please report soap levels getting low at Info tent.

 HEALING HAVEN

 We are

  • Briefing healers & readers on enhanced hygiene measures
  • Increased use of hand sanitiser
  • Reduced sharing of props (cards, runes, crystals)

We ask that you

  • Respect your Healer/Reader! Sanitise your hands prior to a session
  • Please do not attend your session if you feel unwell.

LEAVING SITE

Our Gates and Traffic team are briefed to facilitate patrons leaving site at any time. If leaving early, we ask you to take extra care to move slowly, safely and respectfully around site.

TAKE CARE

 We understand these times are challenging for many. We have onsite counselling available via the first aid tent and a wealth of inspiration and resources available at the festival. We have also provided a list of free resources below.

 Our community is strong and vibrant and we hope you take inspiration from it during these uncertain times.

Thank you for taking care of yourselves and your community.