Please ensure you follow our COVID Safe Plan when accessing the Peninsula Arts premises.
The Peninsula Arts committee has a duty of care to ensure that each and every member can enjoy the facilities and opportunities to participate in classes and activities in a safe and secure environment.

Despite the current lack of active cases, we must not be complacent as many of our members are in the vulnerable category. To ensure that we continue to enjoy our art experiences, we require your cooperation and consideration of others by following the revised Peninsula Arts Society’s COVID Safe Plan [Version 3, effective 1/4/21].

Members, tutors and visitors must abide by this revised PAS COVID SAFE PLAN: Version 3  if they wish to attend PAS classes and activities.

Further information contact: Secretary Jan Oliver 0417 986 077

Peninsula Arts COVID Safe Plan

Hygiene procedures – to be supervised by tutors

  • No member, tutor or volunteer should attend PAS if they are unwell in a manner that could be contagious to others.
  • Hand sanitiser stations are available for use on entering the building and other locations in the studios. Refills are kept in the storeroom cupboard.
  • Class start/finish times include time for hand sanitising.
  • Hands free soap dispensers and paper towels are provided in the toilets for members and visitors. Used paper towels are to be placed in the bins and disposed of by the cleaning staff.
  • Reverse cycle air conditioners must not be used. Ceiling fans and heaters should be used for heating and cooling.
  • Airflow may be enhanced by opening doors, including the external storeroom door. Panels have been added to external doors to deter dogs.
  • A mask must be carried at all times, unless a lawful exception applies. It is strongly recommended that a mask is worn inside the PAS building and studios when a social distance of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained.
  • Used masks must be taken home for disposal by each individual.
  • Tutors are not required to wear masks while teaching.
  • Equipment is not to be shared by students, tutors or volunteers.
  • Tutors will oversee the correct use and disposal of masks, and that good hygiene practices are followed throughout each session.
  • Clear and visible signage is placed throughout the premises and should be followed in the interests of the health and safety of all members.

Kitchen and resource room

  • The kitchen and resource (meeting) room are open
    for the preparation of hot drinks.
  • Tea, coffee, milk and individually packaged biscuits will be provided by PAS.
  • Only two people may be in the kitchen at any one time.
  • All users should bring their own mug each time they use the kitchen.
  • Each individual must take home used vessels, food scraps and rubbish for disposal.
  • BYO food and drink. Each individual must take used cups etc, food scraps and rubbish home for disposal.

Required cleaning

  • Within allocated class time, tutors and class members must clean the studio thoroughly between classes/activities.
  • Clean and disinfect all high touch surfaces in all areas including toilets after each class/activity using provided cleaning supplies. This includes taps, switches, surfaces and door handles.
  • Labelled containers of cleaning products are provided for each studio and the office and are kept in the storeroom. Products include disposable wipes, spray disinfectant and disposable gloves.
  • Office volunteers will check and refill cleaning supplies as part of their duties. Refills will be stored in the Peninsula Arts office.

Physical distancing

  • There will be a limited number of people allowed in a studio at any one time:

Large studio: 18 persons plus tutor

Small studio: 12 persons plus tutor

  • Limited studio attendance for demonstrations and meetings (using cinema style seating):

Large studio: 40 persons

Small studio: 15 persons

  • Minimal interaction between persons in different studios is now permitted. The barrier installed between the studios will be removed until further notice.
  • Please enter and exit the large studio via the main entry  which will remain open during day classes.
  • Please enter and and exit the small studio via the side fire exit door which will remain open, weather permitting.
  • Separate male and female toilets can be accessed from either studio. For now ignore previous signage indicating unisex useage of toilets.
  • Entry to the office by general members or visitors is prohibited.
  • Only two people are permitted in the office at one time, including the office volunteer.
  • A protective screen at the office window will enable communication, payments etc.
  • Each studio is configured so that participants are spaced at least 1.5m apart and there is no more than one person per four square metres of enclosed workspace. Smaller individual work tables are provided to achieve this.
  • Class furniture (e.g. chairs, easels) must be positioned to ensure safe physical distancing. A 1.5m measure will be provided in each studio.
  • Positioning of tables has been modified so that participants do not face one another when seated.
  • Floor markings provide minimum physical distancing guides at entries, sinks and areas where people may congregate.
  • Where possible limit contact between delivery drivers and volunteers. Deliveries are to be placed to the left of the front foyer.
  • In the interests of the health and safety of all visitors to the studio, please follow instructions provided via COVID signs displayed throughout the premises.

Attendance records

  • A QR code facility and manual attendance register is available at each entry door to record the attendance of members, visitors and delivery drivers. This register must be overseen by the tutor. Class start/finish times include time for registration. QR code information will be stored online and manual records will be stored in the PAS office to assist in contact tracing if required.
  • For classes/workshops this registration will be overseen by the tutor.

Responding to a suspected or confirmed COVID case.

  • Isolate, in the resource room, any person feeling unwell and suspected of infection.
  • Call an ambulance.
  • Notify Frankston City Council 1300322322 immediately.
  • The PAS Secretary and PAS President should also be notified.
  • PAS will provide attendance records and assist DHHS with contact tracing.

Members, tutors and visitors must abide by this COVID Safe Plan if they wish to attend Peninsula Arts classes and activities.