16 August 2021
Flinders University continues to closely monitor COVID-19 outbreaks nationally to support our students in SA, the NT and elsewhere. This page will be regularly updated to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of our community.
Lockdowns or restrictions are in place across New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, WA, Tasmania and the ACT , as well as South Australia and the Northern Territory, at varying levels and for varying periods - please check local health department advice.
Latest information about COVID-19 for South Australia can be found on the SA Health website.
If you’re at one of our Northern Territory locations please check advice from NT Health.
Wherever you are, it’s important to maintain safe social distances, practice thorough hygiene, and if unwell stay at home, arrange to have a COVID test and self-isolate until you receive a negative result.
If you need help visit the student support services directory for counselling and academic support services. For emergency financial assistance please contact FUSA Student Assist.
NORTHERN TERRITORY LOCKDOWN
A COVID positive case in the Darwin and Katherine communities has prompted the Northern Territory government to announce a snap three-day lockdown from noon Monday 16 August to noon Thursday 19 August.
It covers greater Darwin including Palmerston, Litchfield, Wagait Beach and Dundee Beach, and Katherine including Tindal.
Resident in greater Darwin and Katherine are permitted to leave home only for:
- Medical treatment including coronavirus testing and vaccinations
- obtaining essential goods and services
- Essential work
- One hour of exercise within a 5km radius
- To provide care to people unable to support themselves.
Anyone outside their home must wear a mask noting some are exempt for medical reasons or disability.
Students in health placements at sites that remains open to the public are considered essential workers. Some sites not considered essential may be closed. Please liaise with supervisors to confirm. Schools in affected areas will only be open for children of essential workers. Flinders education students are advised school-based learning activities including placements are paused until restrictions lift.
Please follow the latest NT health advice.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA RESTRICTIONS
South Australia is currently under Level 1 restrictions, with some additional requirements.
Points to note:
- SA Health advises masks are mandatory in the following settings:
- high risk settings
- Disability/aged care facilities
- Prison or correctional facilities
- Aboriginal community controlled health services
- health care services
- passenger transport services
- public indoor places where face to face interactions occur
- SA Health strongly recommends wearing masks while on South Australian university campuses including in office spaces.
- Please remember that some people may be unable to wear masks due to a medical condition or disability. By wearing a mask, you are helping create a safer environment for those who cannot.
- Visit the SA Government website for a full list of reasons why a person may not be required to wear a mask.
- Density limits are to stay set at 1 person per 2 square metres and people are encouraged to maintain physical distance of 1.5 metres from others.
- If physical distancing cannot be observed, face masks are strongly encouraged.
- Workshops, seminars and tutorials may be offered in person where spacing allows. Check FLO topic sites or contact your topic coordinator for more information.
- Lectures will remain online.
- Teaching spaces will be cleaned daily across all campuses, including Bedford Park, Sturt, Flinders Medical Centre, Tonsley and Victoria Square.
- High traffic areas, College fronts and service points will be cleaned twice a day.
- Loop buses are thoroughly cleaned each day, with hand sanitiser and wipes available for use on the buses.
- General office spaces and toilets will continue to be cleaned as normal.
- Flinders University Sport & Fitness, Oasis and on-campus health services are open with relevant restrictions in place.
- Sports competitions can resume with spectator limits in place.
- 1 person per 2 square metres
- Masks are required for spectators
- Please use QR codes where available on campus and elsewhere.
- Anyone eligible to be vaccinated is strongly urged to do so.
- A 10 person limit applies for private/home gatherings.
- Please follow thorough hand hygiene, and if feeling unwell get COVID tested and stay at home.