The following Covid Plan from Body n Soul Holistic Expos outlines the steps we are taking to minimise risk in accordance with government guidelines.
Note on terminology: The word ‘people’ is used here as a shorthand to represent both exhibitors and attendees.
- Signs displaying our expectations for social distancing and behaviour to ensure good hygiene outcomes will be displayed outside the entrance to the venue.
- An alcohol-based hand sanitiser station will be established just inside the entrance and people will be encouraged to use this facility.
- Attendees will not be permitted to enter if they are displaying any Covid-19 like symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
- People will be asked if they have been in close contact with someone who is confirmed as having COVID-19 or is experiencing symptoms linked to COVID-19.
If they answer in the affirmative, they will be turned away.
- A QR Code system will be used to register and record the contact details of everyone who enters. These details will be kept for at least 28 days. People will be encouraged to use the Service Victoria App for this purpose.
- A back up system that works off-line where people’s contact details will be electronically recorded will also be used in case of any difficulties with the QR Code system.
- As a last resort in case of electronic malfunction, a manual system for recording contact details will be available for use.
- Exhibitors are required to wipe down any surfaces or equipment after consulting or inter-acting with attendees.
Notes to exhibitors
The current Covid restrictions require that face masks must be worn indoors.
Please note that in the terms and conditions exhibitors must agree to when booking a stall is the requirement to imdemnify Body n Soul Expos against all claims, legal and financial. Your adherence to government requirements regarding Covid restrictions is your responsibility.
The government website https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/face-masks-when-wear-face-mask#face-masks-in-regional-victoria lists the exceptions to this requirements. These are shown below.
Exceptions for not wearing a face mask
Lawful excuses or exceptions for not wearing a face mask
A face mask is not required to be worn in some circumstances including for:
- Infants and children under the age of 12 years.
- Persons who have a physical or mental health illness or condition, or disability, which makes wearing a face covering unsuitable, including persons with obstructed breathing, a serious skin condition of the face, an intellectual disability, a mental health condition or persons who have experienced trauma.
- Persons communicating with those who are deaf or hard of hearing and visibility of the mouth is essential for communication.
- Persons for whom the nature of their work or education means that wearing a face mask creates a risk to health and safety.
- Persons for whom the nature of their work or education means that clear enunciation or visibility of their mouth is essential. This includes teaching, lecturing or live broadcasting.
- The person is working by themselves in an enclosed indoor space such as an office unless and until another person enters that space.
- When asked to remove the face mask to ascertain identity. For instance, where asked by police, security, bank or post office staff to remove a face mask to ascertain identity.
- Persons being married while in the process of being married.
- Professional sportspeople when training or competing.
- Persons who are engaged in any strenuous physical exercise such as running, jogging, swimming or cycling.
- The person is undergoing dental or medical care or treatment to the extent that such care or treatment requires no face mask be worn.
- The person is consuming food, drink or medicine.
- The person who is a student while onsite at a primary school or outside school hours care.
- Persons receiving or providing a service from a facility which is permitted to operate under the Restricted Activity Directions (Victoria), to the extent that it is not reasonably practicable to receive or provide that service while wearing a face mask (for example, beard trimmings) If required or authorised by law.
- The person is travelling in a vehicle by themselves or with members of their household.
- The person is a prisoner in a prison, subject to any policies of that prison.
- The person is detained in a remand centre, youth residential centre or youth justice centre, subject to any policies of that centre.
- During emergencies.
- Where not doing so is not safe in all the circumstances.
People with lawful excuses for not wearing a face mask should still keep at least 1.5 metres apart from others, practice regular hand hygiene by washing or sanitising hands frequently, continue to comply with the Directions currently in force, and get tested if unwell (even with mild symptoms). Find out more about staying safe.