As we open our brand new location, the safety of our visitors and staff is of paramount importance. In order to ensure the health and safety of all, Irukandji has adopted COVID Safe Core principles:

Creating a safe environment and observing protocols around limiting numbers of visitors and staff within our facility.

Facilities to be closely monitored and maintained. There will be a continuous revision of hygiene protocols, increased cleaning and disinfecting, and providing hand sanitiser at all entry and exit points on location.

Adherence to the most up to date government instructions and guidelines.

Keeping our visitors and staff informed.

Irukandji Conditions of Entry

Visitors are not permitted to enter Irukandji Property if they:

*are experiencing any flu-like symptoms (sore throat, runny nose, persistent cough, shortness of breath, fever);
*have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 (during the period of time in which the virus is contagious);
*are awaiting the results of a test for COVID-19;
*reside with anyone who is awaiting the results of a test for COVID-19
*have returned from international travel and failed to observe the government requirement to quarantine for 14 days
*have been in a virus hot-spot in the last 14 days

Visitors who are subject to any of the above conditions for exclusion must be willing and able to agree to the following requirements to:

*Leave the site immediately if they become unwell, after notifying a staff member;
*At all times, maintain social distancing measures (as per the NSW Health guidelines) with respect to other visitors and staff;
*Maintain good personal hand hygiene by washing their hands regularly and thoroughly and/or using hand sanitizer;
*Maintain good respiratory hygiene by coughing or sneezing into their elbow or a tissue and then disposing of tissue immediately;
*Provide Irukandji with their name and contact details and consent to Irukandji providing their name and contact details to the NSW Department or any other third-party government department, as required to enable contact tracing procedures;
*Acknowledge that they may be asked to wait, or be refused entry in the event that the site has reached its total capacity under NSW Health social distancing requirements;
*Respond accurately to the following questions if asked by staff:
-Are you or anyone you live with currently undergoing or awaiting results for the COVID-19?
-Have you or anyone you live with tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and have not been medically cleared as non-contagious?
-Do you have any flu-like symptoms (sore throat, runny nose, persistent cough, shortness of breath, fever)?
*Acknowledge the right of Irukandji to refuse entry or request their departure from our site at any time and for any reason;
*At all times, treat staff and other visitors with respect


Physical distancing:
Irukandji has put up posters around the aquarium to notify customers and staff on keeping at least 1.5 metres distance between everyone, including in and around the pools. Capacity will not exceed one person per 4 square metres.
Pool numbers have been limited to 22 people maximum in order for customers to have 4 sq. metres per person
We have provided social distancing markers on the floor in areas where customers line up or where workers perform tasks. We have put up signs to request customers only touch objects they are going to buy.

We review regular deliveries and request contactless delivery.
Staff on the work floor to be responsible for keeping everyone the required 1.5 metre distance
apart in accordance with the latest government requirements.
Irukandji has provided extra outdoor seating areas to allow customers to practice social distancing.

Handwashing and hygiene:
Irukandji provides hand sanitiser stations at entry and exit points and around the workplace.
Bathrooms are well stocked with hand wash, paper towel, and extra spray sanitiser for toilet seats and handles.
Staff have been trained to use other ways to limit the spread of germs, including by not touching their face, sneezing into their elbow, and staying home if feeling sick.
All staff will limit contact with others– no shaking hands or touching objects unless necessary.
Reception staff have gloves available under the desk to use for their protection when handling cash. Aquarium staff have access to gloves around the workplace in case needed.

Irukandji ensures that all tables frequented by workers or customers are cleaned with detergent or disinfectant after every use.
Customers will be provided with sanitation bins to retrieve/return feeding utensils provided for animals.
Staff will wear gloves when cleaning and wash their hands thoroughly with soap or use an alcohol‐based hand sanitiser before and after wearing gloves.
Reception staff will clean frequently touched areas and surfaces several times a day with a detergent or disinfectant solution. This includes Eftpos equipment, front desk, gate closures, tables, counter tops, door knobs, sinks and keyboards.

Staff will clean personal property that comes to work, such as sunglasses, mobile phones and iPads with disinfectant.

Communal equipment for public use:

Wetsuits, snorkels, and masks are immersed in a sterilising solution after each use and dried in the sun.

Socks and towels are washed with antibacterial laundry detergent after every use.

Monitor symptoms:
Signs listing the symptoms of COVID‐19 are displayed at the front entrance of Irukandji.
Irukandji Staff must stay home if they are sick, and if they are displaying symptoms of COVID‐19 ask them to call the National Coronavirus hotline (1800 020 080).
Staff have been instructed to inform managers if they are displaying symptoms of COVID‐19, have been in close contact with a person who has COVID‐19 or have been tested for COVID‐19.
Staff haVE been reminded of their leave entitlements if they are sick or required to self‐quarantine.

Plan ahead:
Irukandji Staff Members: Michelle Dobson, Kelley Heath and William Davies will champion safe practices in the workplace and teach their colleagues the proper procedures listed above.
Contact tracing list will be kept of customers’ names and phone numbers.
Irukandji personnel has been instructed not to come into work and receive a COVID-19 test when experiencing any cold/flu symptoms and will not return until test results have come back negative. Staff members keep each other informed of symptoms and test results, so everyone knows when further action must be taken
If an Irukandji staff member is confirmed to have COVID‐19, the aquarium will be closed indefinitely until we can ensure the workplace has been properly sanitised and all staff gets tested. They must stay home indefinitely until confirmed clear. All customers that have visited in the past 14 days prior to confirmed case will be notified
Irukandji has a considerable stock of disinfectant and cleaning products for the entire aquarium to keep sanitising stations refilled. If an outbreak is experienced, Irukandji will hire a cleaning company .
In case of an outbreak, a safe reopening protocol consistent with public health requirements will be put into place for reopening the aquarium after an outbreak or quarantine.

Further information about Covid-19 symptoms and advice can be found here at NSW Health >