STATEMENT FROM UOW PULSE IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

As at 25 March 2020

UOW Pulse would like to update the community after recent government requirements.

Like the rest of the University of Wollongong, UOW Pulse is following all government guidance and direction in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

UOW Pulse, through UniLife, will be cancelling or deferring all events until 24 July 2020 to support social distancing.   This includes all events through UniLife including entertainment, sport, wellness, volunteering; clubs and societies and UniBar.

As the situation continues to evolve we will be taking advice from the University of Wollongong and NSW Health as we respond to any new development.  We will be updating arrangements as necessary during this evolving situation and we request our students and stakeholders check our social media and website for the latest information.

We appreciate your understanding during these unprecedented circumstances.

Kind regards

Alf Maccioni

CEO

As at 23 March 2020

On Sunday 22 March and Monday 23 March the federal and state governments respectively directed the closure of all non-essential services.

Like the rest of the University of Wollongong, UOW Pulse is following all government guidance and direction in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

These closures include indoor sporting venues, licenced premises, restaurants and cafes, religious gatherings and places of worship.  In accordance with the restrictions imposed, the following facilities have closed from 12 midday on 23 March, 2020.

  • UniActive gyms (Wollongong and Innovation campus) along with all indoor facilities;
  • UOW Sports Hub (including high-performance team training facilities);
  • Swim School and aquatic programs;
  • UniBar; and
  • MAWU prayer space

In keeping with the restrictions placed on restaurants and cafes, the food outlets currently remaining open on campus will now only offer a take away only service. These outlets are:

  • RUSH – Buildings 67 and 7
  • Piccolo Me – Building 11
  • Hemmingway – Building 67
  • Ugly Duckling – Building 21
  • Subway – Building 67
  • Kew Thai – Building 67

While these operators remain open for takeaway service only, the shared food hall dining facilities in Buildings 11 and 67 will be closed for indoor dining, in accordance with government directions aimed at closing facilities used as public gathering places.

UniShop, Post Office, Mac 1, IGA , Uni Hair and Beauty and STA Travel are currently remaining open and operating under recess trading hours.  The banks, both National Australia Bank and IMB, are considered essential services will also remain open.  For all recess hours and open/closures please visit https://unilife.uow.edu.au/eat-and-shop#campushours.

MAWU Prayer Space

The MAWU prayer space in building 50 will be closed as per the restrictions.

UniActive

UniActive gyms (Wollongong and Innovation Campus) and all indoor facilities will also be closing in accordance with the restrictions on sports venues.  As it is an outdoor facility, the UniActive pool is exempt from the closure and will be open for members, although swim school programs will close for this term and no bookings will be accepted for next term.

Strict social distancing rules will apply to pool users, both in the pool and the change rooms.

We will continue to communicate further changes across all UOW Pulse businesses as they occur. You can stay updated at https://pulse.uow.edu.au/

We understand how disappointing and inconvenient these closures and changes may be, and we are very mindful of the impact these changes are having on affected staff at this difficult time. We ask you to join UOW Pulse in supporting colleagues and in upholding these measures, which are aimed at keeping our campuses safe and helping Australia overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alf Maccioni
CEO

As at 17 March 2020

UOW Pulse wish to brief our UOW Community including stakeholders and students of our service operation delivery during the recess period and how this may impact the on campus experience.  Our highest concern is the wellbeing of the campus community.

Starting 23 March to 3 April, the University of Wollongong will move into recess and during this time food, beverage and retail on campus will be operating under recess hours as found on our website https://unilife.uow.edu.au/eat-and-shop/.

UOW Pulse through UniLife will also be cancelling or deferring all event from Wednesday 18 March to Friday 03 April to support social distancing.   This includes all events through UniLife including entertainment, sport, wellness, volunteering; clubs and societies and UniBar.  The attached annexure details the changes to date.

As the situation continues to evolve we will be taking advice from the University of Wollongong and NSW Health to address any new development.  We will be updating arrangements as necessary during this evolving situation and we request our students and stakeholders check our social media and website for the latest information.

As your on campus services organisation we face uncertain times in the coming months and we will continue to support our communities through online communications and activities.  We will also look to deliver as many of our services and programs online in the short term.

Thank you for your support and loyalty.  If you have any questions please contact unilife@uow.edu.au and we will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.

Kind regards

Alf Maccioni

CEO

ANNEXURE

AS AT 17 MARCH, 2020

UOW STUDENT PULSE PROGRAMS

 

UniLife entertainment, events, wellness, sport and volunteering. All events cancelled from 18 March to 05 April

All Australian campuses.

Clubs and Societies

 

All on campus events cancelled from 18 March to 05 April
UOW PULSE OPERATIONS

 

Food, beverage and Retail

 

Recess hours of operation details found https://unilife.uow.edu.au/eat-and-shop/
UniBar

 

Entertainment suspended or cancelled from 18 March to 05 April.  Yours and Owls is in contact with all artists during this period in regard to postponement, tickets and potential refunds.  Please keep an eye on your inbox for updated details.

Operating hours 11am-5pm. Mon-Fri

IGA Operating Hours 9am-5pm. Mon-Fri
UniShop Operating Hours 9am-5pm.  Mon-Fri
Kids’ Uni Operations as normal hours
UniActive

 

Operating hours and class times may vary and once finalised will be communicated through

https://uniactive.uow.edu.au/index.html and uniactive socials.