The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting people, communities and businesses across the world. During the pandemic, the AWRI is committed to continuing to provide its full range of services to support the Australian grape and wine community, while taking all possible steps to ensure the well-being of its staff and the broader community. Some changes have recently been made to the way services are delivered – detailed in this eBulletin from 7 April 2020. The AWRI can continue to be contacted during business hours on 08 8313 6600 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
The AWRI helpdesk has received a number of technical enquiries about the virus, mostly focusing on how to sanitise wineries in the event that a staff member becomes infected or suspected of being infected. An AWRI eBulletin was sent out on 27 March 2020 on this topic. An update to this bulletin, clarifying some of the safety issues to be aware of when using ethanol solutions was made on 1 April 2020. This page provides a collection of technical and scientific resources relevant to COVID-19 and the Australian wine industry.
Technical resources on COVID-19 for grapegrowers and winemakers
- AWRI eBulletin – Winery sanitation and COVID-19 (updated 1 April 2020)
- Keeping safe – COVID-19 health and safety guidelines for vineyard workers
- Australian Grape & Wine Cleaning and Disinfection Guidelines
- Australian Government Department of Health (DOH) – Environmental cleaning and disinfection principles for COVID-19
- Food Standards Australia New Zealand – Novel coronavirus and food safety
- The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Environmental cleaning and disinfection recommendations
- The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Disinfecting your facility if someone is sick
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Pagat, A. M., Seux-Goepfert, R., Lutsch, C., Lecouturier, V., Saluzzo, J. F., Kusters, I. C. 2007. Evaluation of SARS-Coronavirus decontamination procedures. Appl. Biosaf. 12(2): 100-108.
van Doremalen, N., Bushmaker, T., Morris, D., Holbrook, M., Gamble, A., Williamson, B., Tamin, A., Harcourt, J.L., Thornburg, N.J., Gerber, S.I., Lloyd-Smith, J., de Wit, E, Munster, V.J. 2020. Aerosol and surface stability of SARS-CoV-2 as compared with SARS-CoV-1. New Eng. J. Med. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMc2004973
Wolff, M.H., Sattar, S.A., Adegbunrin, O., Tetro, J. 2005. Environmental survival and microbicide inactivation of coronaviruses. Schmidt, A., Weber, O., Wolff, M.H. (eds) Coronaviruses with special emphasis on first insights concerning SARS: Basel, Switzerland: Birkhäuser: 201-212