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21 July - COVID-19 Update

The most recent advice from the State Government is that there are six new COVID cases today. There are now more than 5100 people in quarantine, and SA Health has asked the Australian Defence Force to assist with COVID testing clinics and clearing the backlog. The State Government has also added new directions and restrictions. None of these impact Bedford’s business operations.

Information on local and interstate COVID-19 exposure sites, and related testing and quarantine requirements are available on SA Health’s contact tracing page.

Remember, if you have been to any of the exposure site locations, or if you have any COVID-19 signs or symptoms, you are required to:

For those Staff working from home, please familiarise yourself with the following resources available on The Loop Resources and complete the Working from Home-Workstation Self-Assessment Checklist.

Bedford Business Update

Employees currently remain stood down, mainly due to the level of COVID transmission at this time. As soon as we can safely welcome Employees back to their worksites, we will. It will be great to have everyone back together as soon as possible.

Where a General Manager requires Staff to fulfil essential work and requires additional workforce personnel to do so, they will seek approval from their Executive Manager on how to proceed. Therefore, Staff may be contacted by their General Manager, or their delegate, to return to work. Any Staff who are asked to support our Packaging, Manufacturing or APG businesses will be notified as soon as possible.

Packaging

While most of our business operations remain closed, we are redeploying some Staff to assist with packaging requirements to fulfil essential customer contracts. Thank you to all our Staff who have been willing to assist with this so that the needs of our customers continue to be met.

Manufacturing

We are constantly monitoring whether our Manufacturing business can re-start to support the delivery of contracts to our commercial customers.

APG

APG at this stage can only complete work that is required to ensure public safety. If required, this will be completed by existing APG Staff.

Mount Gambier

The State Government has indicated that timber processing mills can re-open and we are in the process of investigating how our Mount Gambier site could operate should that happen.

CAL and Day Options

Classes and centre-based programs for our Clients continue and are not affected at this time.

Financial aid

The State and Federal Governments have initiated financial aid packages for affected South Australian businesses. At this early stage, we understand the assistance packages will be for individuals and businesses - similar to those provided in NSW and Victoria.

Thanks again for your patience and understanding during this difficult period. We will keep you updated as new information is available to us and we will re-open as soon as we can and get back to business as usual.