Following COVID lockdowns expect people to flock to outdoor areas and other local government facilities. Prior to opening these public spaces as part of Phase 3, local governments should make sure they are ready to be used. Every facility should be assessed and any necessary maintenance completed.
A COVID Safety Plan will also need to be completed for every venue such as libraries, recreation centres and public pools. LGIS has developed some suggested controls to help members complete their safety plan. Outdoor areas and facilities should also be assessed. The South West of WA has already seen significant winter storms and outdoor facilities which may need to be repaired.
It’s important maintenance schedules are kept for any assets closed until Phase 3 or 4.
Economists are predicting a global crisis like COVID-19 is unlikely to be a once in a century event. As our economies become more interconnected it is likely there will be future disruptions to the workforce and local governments.
As an example – a global cyber-attack could result in similar short-term shutdowns and while chances are remote, Western Australia could become a terrorism target.
It is therefore essential to review business continuity plans regularly and not just once a crisis hits.
Contact LGIS for support in navigating your re-opening and management of COVID-19 risks.
As we look to the recovery phase of the current crisis, our focus in still on our people and integrating them successfully back to a new work environment.
Western Australia fared better than many locations around the world following the coronavirus pandemic. However, COVID-19 had an overwhelming impact on local governments and exposed weaknesses within every industry.
How local governments operate in a post COVID-19 world will determine future workplace success.
Ideally, local governments will exit the crisis better than before.