We would like to update you on the OZ VENTURE 2021 and the risks associated with the current outbreak of the COVID-19, a disease caused by a new coronavirus.
We first want to make it clear that the committee/ directors is closely monitoring the advice of the World Health Organisation and the Government of Australia and NSW Government Health and Health Protection NSW in conjunction with the advice from WOSM advisory on COVID-19 and Scouts Australia and Scouts Australia NSW.
We will adhere to the above- mentioned organisations advice or steps as required.
It is also important to remember that the OZ VENTURE 2021 is approximately 9 months away. As the situation is changing daily, therefore any advice now will certainly either be out of date or radically changed as we get closer to the end of December 2020.
Is OZ VENTURE 2021 still planned to happen?
At the time of writing this article (20th March 2020), the OZ VENTURE 2021 is still anticipated to happen, and the delivery of the event is proceeding according to the event plan. We have no intention of cancelling the OZ VENTURE 2021 unless we are forced to in the interest of the health and safety of all those involved.
Are my payments or deposit at risk?
Our team has been working hard to keep across all the updates regarding COVID-19. While at times there are more questions than answers we are ensuring that we are eliminating any financial risks to our members and the organisation by extending the no penalty refund date back to the 3rd August 2020. This means you can get a full refund should we cancel the event or your personal circumstances change and need to withdraw before the 3rd of August 2020. Should the event be forced to cancel rest assured you will get a full refund.
We have had an overwhelming show of support from members wanting this event to proceed to give the youth members something to look forward to and the team is committed to do just that where possible.
Is the event insured?
For non pandemic related issues, YES. Unfortunately no insurance company offers insurance for pandemic related issues.
What are doing in the OZ VENTURE 2021 Planning Team now?
Firstly, we want to make it very clear that it remains business as usual. Our volunteers and staff are working every day on the delivery of the OZ VENTURE 2021 with great dedication.
Secondly, we are monitoring the situation. We are currently negotiating with suppliers with the intention of pushing back the no penalty withdraw date which is currently the 1st of June 2020 to a later date in the year. This will hopefully allow things to pass and give families enough time to make an informed decision on attending the event while still signing up and registering today. We will publish the revised date once negotiations have finalised, this may take some time but will be before the 1st of June 2020.
What should you do to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak?
We recommend that you follow general precautions as outlined by your local health authority. Here are some useful links to government websites.
You should exercise caution when gaining information from sources such as social media.
When will you hear more from us?
Normally, participants and parents should seek updates provided by their respective Contingents.
The OZ VENTURE 2021 committee/ directors will continue to monitor the situation and will serve the Contingent Management Teams with the necessary assistance to deliver a safe and educational experience for Scouts at the OZ VENTURE 2021.
Information about COVID- 19.
WHO initially declared the COVIS-19 as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on the 30th January 2020,
WHO then declared the outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic on the 11th March 2020. It was noted that this is a pandemic that can be controlled. This is seen with both China and the Republic of Korea having significantly declining outbreaks.
COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.
The time between when a person is exposed to the virus and when symptoms first appear is typically 5 to 6 days, although may range from 2 to 14 days. For that reason, people who might have been in contact with a confirm case are being asked to self- isolate for 14 days.
For more information please visit the WHO website https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen
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