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Things do keep changing with COVID-19 and it is important to keep up to date so that you can stay safe. Here are resources for your state.

Restrictions are constantly changing. For the latest information relating to Queensland please refer to the Queensland Government. This page will link you to the latest announcements and updates.

 


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Easy English

Updated rules in Easy English will be published here when available.

Easy English, Auslan and Screen Reader friendly summary versions of the latest rule changes will be added here when available. 


Updates

From 1:00 am Saturday 15 January, the borders will be coming down, anyone coming domestically across into Queensland, either by our road or by air, they do not have to show that they have had their border pass, they don't have to show that they have had a rapid antigen test. Statement on 13 January by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

Rapid Antigen Test results and next steps

Positive RAT result

If your RAT returns a positive result:

Note:

Negative RAT result

If your RAT returns a negative result, it is likely you do not have COVID-19. Continue to monitor your health and get tested again if you develop any COVID-19 symptoms.

In the meantime Get COVID-Ready.

Inconclusive RAT result

If the result is inconclusive, repeat the test on a new kit.

QLD Premier Anastasia Palaszczuk is asking employers to allow people to work from home.

They are asking people to stay at home where they can, until they have booster shots. 

Vulnerable Queenslanders, those over the age of 60, Pregnant women and those with underlying immune conditions to avoid crowded indoor spaces. 

Queenslanders are reminded of the critical nature of wearing masks indoors. Proper wearing of masks is important. 

If you can work at home, health officials are suggesting this is a good measure to help reduce the spread.

Social distancing reminder to protect loved ones.

If you are unwell and receive a RAT negative, you are reminded to stay home, you may test positive on subsequent tests. 

Queensland are considering delaying the return to school for Primary school students for 1 - 2 weeks. More to follow.  

 

PCR testing update - 4 January 2022

Information direct from QLD Government testing and fever clinics. 6/1/22.

You should only go to get a PCR test if:

  • you have COVID-19 symptoms, or
  • you have done a rapid antigen test (RAT) and you received a positive result, or
  • people in your home have COVID-19.

Find your nearest COVID-19 testing centre

Other news

From 1am AEST Sunday 2 January 2022 face mask requirements across Queensland include all indoor settings except for in the home.

From 12am AEST Friday 31 December 2021, there are changes to the requirements for confirmed cases and close contacts as well as for contact tracing in Queensland.

Testing requirements for hotspot travellers have changed.

Read current public health and social measures and face mask requirements across Queensland.

Mask Mandate

From 18 December masks are mandated in retail settings, public transport and taxi or rideshares. At the moment they are not mandating masks in workplaces. It's "strongly advised" that people wear masks wherever they can't socially distance. 

Travel

From January 1 2022, a negative Rapid Antigen Test can be used by hotspot travellers to meet entry testing requirements. Read more about this and other changes to testing requirements for hotspot travellers.


Public health and social measures from 17 December 2021

Updates for 24 December 2021

On 24 December 2021, the public health and social measures were updated to clarify:

  • requirements for convention and entertainment centres, stadiums, and private hire of venues for other religious and civil services
  • the exception from vaccination requirements for official duties and emergencies.

From 17 December 2021, restrictions on businesses ease. Many businesses and venues will be able to return to operating at full capacity.

However, there will be restrictions on people who are not fully vaccinated.

When QLD ease border restrictions, COVID-19 will start to circulate in our community. To ensure there is no oerwhelm to the hospital system when we have outbreaks, some restrictions on unvaccinated people are necessary.

These changes will commence on 17 December 2021, regardless of when 80% of Queenslanders aged 16 and over are fully vaccinated.

Eased restrictions for businesses

From 17 December 2021, there will be no capacity restrictions on businesses that are only permitted to allow fully vaccinated people to attend, including:

  • hospitality venues such as pubs, clubs, taverns, bars, restaurants, cafes and fast food outlets
  • indoor entertainment venues such as nightclubs, live music venues, karaoke bars, concerts, theatres or cinemas, casinos
  • outdoor entertainment activities such as sporting stadiums or theme parks
  • festivals – either indoor or outdoor – such as musical festivals, folk festivals or arts festivals
  • activities – either indoor or outdoor – such as convention centres and showgrounds
  • Queensland Government-owned galleries, museums or libraries

Venues used for private hire will have no capacity limit if people attending are fully vaccinated. However, if there is a person attending who is not fully vaccinated, COVID-19 density restrictions will apply. This means a maximum of 20 people or 1 per 4 square meters, whichever is less.

Collection of contact information by business operators

A business operator must collect contact information, proof of vaccination or evidence of medical contraindication from all staff, guests and patrons when entering an establishment by using the Check In Qld app.

If a business operator cannot use the Check In Qld app, they must use alternative measures to record the contact information details.

Obligation of staff

Any member of staff must give their contact information, proof of COVID-19 vaccination or evidence of medical contraindication by using the Check In Qld app or another measure of record keeping before entering their place of work.

A staff member is not required to give their contact information, proof of vaccination or evidence of medical contraindication if they are:

  • under the age of 16 years
  • entering to provide emergency services
  • exercising law enforcement
  • at risk of safety.

Community responsibilities

A person must give their contact information, proof of COVID-19 vaccination or evidence of medical contraindication by using the Check In Qld app or another measure of record keeping before entering a business establishment.

A person may give these entry requirements on behalf of another person who:

  • is under the age of 16 years
  • has a disability
  • speaks a language other than English and is unable to understand the Check In Qld app.

A person is not required to give their contact information, proof of vaccination or evidence of medical contraindication if they are:

  • under the age of 16 years
  • in primary or secondary school is part of a group attending an activity organised by a school, sporting team or community group
  • exercising law enforcement
  • at risk of safety.

Restrictions for unvaccinated people

From 17 December 2021, unvaccinated people will be unable to:

  • visit vulnerable settings, including hospitals, residential aged care, disability accommodation services, and prisons. This does not apply to residents and patients of these facilities, and there will be some exceptions for medical treatment, end-of-life visits, childbirth and emergency situations
  • attend hospitality venues such as hotels, pubs, clubs, taverns, bars, restaurants or cafes
  • attend indoor entertainment venues such as nightclubs, live music venues, karaoke bars, concerts, theatres or cinemas
  • attend outdoor entertainment activities such as sporting stadiums, theme parks or tourism experience like reef excursions
  • attend festivals – either indoor or outdoor – such as musical festivals, folk festivals or arts festivals
  • attend Queensland Government owned galleries, museums or libraries.

If anyone attending a wedding is unvaccinated, it is restricted to a maximum of 20 people.

Funerals will not be limited to only vaccinated people. This is because funeral sometimes occur at short notice and often under difficult circumstances making it hard to ensure all attendees are vaccinated. However, funerals will still be required to comply with occupant density limits and caps on attendees to minimise the risk of transmission.

These restrictions target non-essential leisure activities which are not essential for people to meet their basic needs, but present a considerable risk to contributing to an outbreak in our community when our borders reopen.

Visitor restrictions to paediatric healthcare settings

There will be visitor restrictions for unvaccinated people in vulnerable facilities including hospitals and healthcare facilities.

These restrictions will not apply to:

  • patients
  • vaccinated parents, carers or guardians
  • families accessing emergency or end of life care for a child or young person.

No child or young person or their parent, carer or guardian will be denied access to care or treatment based on their vaccination status.

We recognise that children and young people generally present to hospital and other healthcare services with a parent, carer or guardian and will ensure that family support is continued in a COVID-safe way.

There will be some restrictions for unvaccinated parents, carers and guardians accompanying a child or young person to healthcare facilities. These include:

  • Only one unvaccinated parent, carer or guardian can accompany a child or young person to an appointment or admission.
  • An accompanying unvaccinated parent, carer or guardian must wear a single-use surgical face mask and will be required to limit their movements to areas where they can safely physically distance from others.
  • The unvaccinated accompanying parent, carer or guardian must have a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of entering the hospital for all admissions.

There may be situations that require special consideration which will be worked through on a case-by-case basis as required. This includes an exemption request for a second parent, carer or guardian to attend an appointment or admission.

There are no restrictions for unvaccinated siblings and other visitors under 16 years of age.

The safety of patients, families and staff is a priority, and ongoing infection control measures will ensure safe, timely and consistent access to healthcare for children and young people throughout the next stage of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Essential services and activities

Both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people will be able to access essential services and activities.

This means unvaccinated people will still be able to go to grocery stores, pharmacies, post offices, news agents and clothing stores, and participate in activities like going to the gym for exercise.

Capacity restrictions may still be in place at these types of businesses.

People will still need to check-in to venues. This is important to support contact tracing if there is a case at a venue. Vaccinated people can still carry the virus, although the risk is reduced.

Fully vaccinated

Fully vaccinated means a person has had the required two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine by 16 December 2021. It does not include a booster shot or a two-week wait after the second dose.

If you are already required to be vaccinated by an earlier date under another public health direction or the Health Employment Directive, you must be vaccinated by the earlier date.

Proof of vaccination

Proof of vaccination verifies that a person is fully vaccinated. You must show either a printed or electronic form before entering a business establishment or venue.

There are 3 different types of proof available that you can get for free:

  • a COVID-19 digital certificate
  • your immunisation history statement (IHS)
  • an International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate for overseas travel.

The COVID-19 vaccination certificate can be viewed or printed through:

Exemption from COVID-19 vaccination

The persons who are exempted from getting a COVID-19 vaccination include those who have medical contraindications

A person who cannot be vaccinated must show an evidence of contraindication. This is a medical certificate stating that a person is exempted from getting a COVID-19 vaccination. This can be downloaded from the Australian Immunisation Register.

A legally qualified medical practitioner is required to complete the medical exemption form and record this on the Australian Immunisation Register.

A person that has evidence of a medical contraindication will be treated as if they are fully vaccinated and may be permitted to enter and remain in business venues with eased restrictions for fully vaccinated people.

Further information


Check-In Qld app

The check-in process in Queensland is through the Check-In Qld App 

You can upload your vaccination certificate to the app, and may be required by businesses to prove that you're double jabbed.

For more information visit the Queensland Health website or call 134 COVID (13 42 68).

For more information, see Restrictions for Queensland. This includes frequently asked questions at the bottom of the section


Border

From 1:00 am Saturday 15 January, the borders will be coming down, anyone coming domestically across into Queensland, either by our road or by air, they do not have to show that they have had their border pass, they don't have to show that they have had a rapid antigen test. Statement on 13 January by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.


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