In light of the apparent growth of a COVID-19 cluster in Sydney's Northern Beaches over the past 24 hours, our management team convened this morning to discuss the current situation. Due to the unknown size and spread of the cluster at this time, the following decisions have been made:
Phase 2 of the Holding Hands COVID-19 Action Plan has now been engaged. Contact Visits scheduled in Northern Beaches locations have now been moved to Online Contact Visits.
Families who live in Sydney's Northern Beaches or families where either parent works in or has recently visited the Northern Beaches area should alert the Service immediately so that alternate contact arrangements can be made.
Parents or families that live, work or have visited the Northern Beaches in recent days will not be allowed to recommence face-to-face contact visits until they have provided a negative COVID-19 test result from an authorised NSW Health testing facility.
Management is monitoring a positive COVID-19 case in Cronulla.
Our management team will continue to monitor this situation as it progresses and will be in contact with our families as changes are required. We want to ensure our families that Holding Hands Family Services remains committed to providing child focused Contact Visits to all of our families where it is safe and practical to do so.