The Australian Air League in Padstow


Australian Air League and the Pandemic

The emergence and spread of Covid-19 is an event with global consequences. The pandemic affected everyone and everything, including the activities of the Australian Air League. This is why the Australian Air League has put up several restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus, and in some instances, they even suspended their face to face activities. At the onset of the pandemic, the Australian Air League released a statement on Covid-19. This statement which was based on the government-provided information and regulation generally restricted activities of the Australia Air League that involved mass gathering. This includes outings, camps, and squadron parades and members who are not feeling well were not to attend any of the league activities.

More restrictions were also placed on members who have been to countries that were considered high risk at that time. These include Iran, Mainland China, Italy, and South Korea. Members who have visited these countries were required to abstain from all Australian Air League activities for 14 days after returning. This is in line with the maximum number of days before any symptom of the virus will show itself.  The same also applied to those who have visited moderate risk countries like Japan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, and Hong Kong.

Beyond these, there were also requirements for hygiene in line with the stipulated regulations. Each Squadron was left with the responsibility of determining if it has adequate facilities to provide the necessary hygiene that members will need. The squadron OC was saddled with the responsibility of reminding their members of the need to practice all the right hygienic practices or delegate that task to someone else.

As the Covid-19 situation developed, the Australia Air League had to ban face to face activities at a point in order to control the spread of the virus. However, once it appeared that the virus is under control, the Australia Air league released another statement regarding the easing of restrictions at various rates depending on the prevalence of the virus in their area.

Face to face activities such as squadron parades and meetings would be allowed on squadron to squadron basis and will depend on whether the squadron thinks it is ready for such or not. Only when a squadron has met the minimum standards can they reopen and social distancing restrictions will be in place nonetheless. Three stages were highlighted for the resumption of face to face activities in the Australian Air League and these are;

  • Allowing face to face meetings alone with social distancing in strictly coordinated situations.
  • Allowing face to face squadron parades in strictly coordinated situations while maintaining social distancing
  • Allowing face to face squadron parades with no restrictions.
  • The adoption of each stage by the Squadron or group will depend on local rules and regulations.