Dear Members,
While only a relatively small number of COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in New South Wales, Castle Cove continues to review advice from relevant authorities and to monitor developments.  As the outbreak of the virus continues, we wish to ensure the wellbeing of Members, guests and staff at our Club.

In doing this, we are following current advice from the NSW Government.

The current advice includes:

  • If you have left or transited through mainland China in the past 14 days, or transited through Iran on or after 1 March, or you have transited through the Republic of Korea on or after 6 March, it is advised that you isolate yourself for 14 days from the date of leaving these countries.
  • If you have been in close contact with a proven case of coronavirus and have visited the Club, please notify the General Manager.
  • If you have returned from Italy in the last week, you should monitor your health.

The NSW Ministry of Health has processes in place to identify any close contacts of cases confirmed in Australia. They will advise these close contacts about not attending work and what other action may be required.

Maintaining and promoting good hygiene is the single most effective way to reduce the spread of germs that cause respiratory disease.  Recommendations of the World Health Organisation in that regard are as follows.

World Health Organisation Recommendations:

  1. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub as this kills virus’s.
  2. Maintain social distancing of 1 metre between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing as small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth may contain virus.
  3. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth as hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses.
  4. Practice respiratory hygiene – cover when sneezing or coughing.  This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  5. If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early and stay home if you feel unwell.

 Consistent with current guidelines, if any staff member becomes unwell with a dry cough and flu like symptoms, we will ask them to seek medical help and follow the advice provided by the NSW Ministry of Health and the Department of Health and take appropriate action.  If you would like more information, please visit the Department of Health website by clicking on the link below. 

https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

As Castle Cove has an older membership base, we would ask that any Members who display these symptoms not to attend the Club. I would also ask that we suspend all shaking of hands at the completion of rounds.

The wellbeing of our staff, Members and guests is most important. In that regard, we will continue to seek the latest advice and recommendations and will keep Members informed of any resulting changes to Club practices and policy.

If you have any questions and or you have travelled recently to a high-risk country, please contact Kate Macdouall in the Pro Shop on 9417 5566 

Thank you all for your help and understanding with this ever-evolving situation.

Kate Macdouall

Head Professional / Club Manager