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COVID-19 Policy

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Return to Work Strategy

Updated Dec 2020

Engine House is COVID-19 SAFE. Our goal is to make all members feel comfortable, safe and confident they can return to work. Our policy has been created in line with guidelines from Safe Work Australia and office space best practice.

Physical distancing


1.5m from others


Everyone must continue to keep 1.5m from others where possible. This includes all common areas, stairwells, bathrooms etc..


4m2 per person


There must be 4m2 of space per person where possible. Both Engine House St Kilda and Balaclava meet this threshold very easily at full capacity.


We will provide clear signage in high traffic areas highlighting our new capacity guidelines (inc. meeting rooms and bathrooms)

Physical distancing in private offices

Physical distancing also applies in private offices. There must be 4m2 of space per person where possible.


To prevent any overflow in private offices, members are welcome to use our flexi desk, kitchen or breakout area seating.

Physical distancing in co-working area

We have reduced the capacity on the coworking floor to provide a minimum 1.5m distance between members. Vacant/Non-Seated spots will be clearly marked to avoid confusion


Our cleaning contractor will be undertaking additional sanitation services in line with Safe Work Australia guidelines:


  • All sprays and cleaning chemicals now have a disinfectant component
  • All major common area touchpoints will be disinfected

Office + Kitchen sanitisation practices

Engine House will now be implementing the following sanitation practices for our members and any guests who enter the space:


  • Mandatory use of hand sanitiser upon entering the building
  • Kitchen
    • We encourage members to bring in their own Tupperware, cutlery and drink bottles for their own food and drink


We will provide disposable plates and cutlery as an additional option for people


Engine House staff members have downloaded the COVID-SAFE app to provide better detection capability at our locations.


Please do not enter space if:

  • You have been in contact with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19
  • You are feeling unwell, have shortness of breath or flu-like symptoms

If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 at Engine House, we will:

  1. Follow our internal policy document and Safe Work Australia protocol
  2. Contact All Members
  3. Conduct deep sanitation clean as per cleaning guidelines
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