Informed by the Department of Health’s latest advice on social distancing, as part of UniSA’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the following social distancing protocols apply to University activities with immediate effect. 

What is social distancing?

Social distancing (or physical distancing) refers to a range of strategies to stop or slow the spread of infectious diseases. It means less contact between people with the aim of reducing the potential for transmission. 

Social distancing in the workplace includes:

  • attempting to keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres between themselves and other people where possible (and following density requirements as determined by the State Government’s Emergency Management Direction).
  • avoiding crowds and mass gatherings where it is difficult to keep the appropriate distance away from others
  • avoiding shaking hands, hugging, or kissing other people
  • exercising good hand washing and sneeze/cough hygiene and use of hand sanitizers
  • avoiding congregating in tearooms or other areas where people socialise
  • cancelling or deferring non-essential meetings, gatherings, events workshops, training sessions
  • avoiding small gatherings in enclosed spaces, for example small meeting rooms
  • holding meetings via zoom, video conferencing or phone call. If a face-to-face meeting is unavoidable, minimise the meeting time, choose a large meeting room and follow the instructions on the meeting room door signage. Consider holding meetings in the open air.

UniSA staff are required to exercise the above social distancing strategies within the workplace or while working from home.  

Managers will also be working with teams to establish appropriate arrangements for staff to either work from home or to work variable hours to minimise staff proximity in work areas.