St Paul’s Cathedral Office and Covid-19

Updated 18 March 2020, 5pm

We are able to work remotely

Cathedral staff are equipped to work from home. We have implemented plans to minimise disruptions to our administration and operations. Colleagues will be able to access the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne cloud-based server remotely. We will be using Microsoft Teams (part of Office 365) which has chat, screen-share, file-share and conferencing functions to stay in touch. In order to conduct team meetings, we will be using Zoom.


We are reducing physical contact in the office

We are actively reducing our exposure to COVID-19 by limiting participation in group events. This will affect all of our external meetings. We will conduct our meetings, including Chapter and Chapter subcommittee meetings, using Zoom.

We ask that, unless absolutely essential, people avoid visiting our offices for meetings, and instead arrange to meet via Zoom or telephone.


We will self-isolate when needed

Cathedral staff will self-isolate should they be at risk, suspect infection or are infected. Staff members are free to choose to work from home. One member of the team has already chosen to do so.

In cases of an infection or suspected infection, we will ensure that all stakeholders are kept up to date on the situation, so that any possible impact on the life and ministry of the Cathedral and wider diocese can be addressed swiftly.


We may have to close our Office and the Cathedral

In the event that the Cathedral office or the Cathedral are required to close for a period of time, we will follow all Government mandated requirements, inform all stakeholders via email, our website and social media, and fully implement remote working.

In case of closure, we will endeavour to continue live-streaming of three weekly acts of Cathedral worship, maintaining study and small groups via Zoom, and pastoral contact via phone.


We have put in place plans for on-site/off-site working

From Monday, 23 March, two Cathedral staff teams, Team Blue (led by the Dean) and Team Yellow (led by the Precentor) will be working on-site/off-site across the week in order to minimise contact.

Staff in open plan offices are rostered so that only one staff member will be working in that office at any given time. All staff will meet via Zoom each day from 10:30-11:00 for a staff morning tea catch up. Tuesday staff and ministry meetings will also be conducted via Zoom.