COVIDSafe Plan

We are following government health advice to make sure that everybody is kept safe while visiting Mt Martha Observatory. This is a summary of our COVIDSafe plans for public nights and for members attending the site.

These plans will be updated regularly to reflect changes in the government guidelines. This version was last updated on April 23rd, 2022.

Public Stargazing Nights

The following rules apply to public stargazing nights:

  • If you feel sick or have any COVID-19 symptoms, please do not come to the Briars.
  • Checking in using the QR code and proof of vaccination are no longer required. For more information see the Victorian government pages.
  • Group size is strictly limited and pre-booking is required.
  • Face masks are no longer required to be worn, in line with Victorian government regulations. You are of course welcome to wear a mask if you wish to do so.
  • Events will be held outdoors as much as possible.
  • All surfaces and equipment are cleaned and sanitised before and after the event.
  • MPAS volunteers will be on site to make sure everyone follows these rules.

Members

Most importantly, if you feel sick or have any COVID-19 symptoms, please do not come to the Briars. If you start feeling unwell while attending, please go home and get tested. If you have been at the Briars and test positive afterwards, please let us know by email to welcome@mpas.asn.au so that we can inform any potential close contacts.

Members are now able to fully use the site. This means that if you have completed the observatory training and have received a key and/or fob, you are welcome to use the observatory at any time.

Checking In
  • Members are no longer required to check in or show proof of vaccination when coming to the Briars. For more information see the Victorian government pages.
Physical Distancing
Equipment
  • Members are encouraged to bring their own telescopes and/or eyepieces.
  • Any shared equipment (in particular eyepieces, focuser knobs, hand controllers) needs to be cleaned regularly.
Hygiene
  • Wash your hands regularly. Liquid soap, hand sanitiser, tissues and paper towels will be available.
  • Surfaces, such as handles, knobs, locks, taps, tables and chairs, hand rails etc. need to be cleaned before leaving the site using detergent or at least 60% alcohol solution.
  • The bins will be emptied at the end of each event. Latex gloves will be provided for handling of the bins.
Positive Cases of COVID-19
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 and have attended the Briars, you should notify the society by email to welcome@mpas.asn.au or telephone one of the society committee members.