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Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction (No.5)Practice social distancing of 1.5 metres and keep to one person per 4 square metres

What’s changed

This Direction has been updated to reinstate the restriction for businesses to ensure all dining and drinking is for seated patrons, and provide clarity for event organisers.

From 24 July 2020:

  • All patrons in food and drink venues must be seated when eating or drinking. You can still order, pay or collect food and drinks at the bar or service counter, but you'll need to pull up a chair to drink and eat.
  • Events may operate in compliance with an Approved Industry or Site Specific Plan, in addition to a COVID SAFE Event Plan. If more than 500 people will be attending an event operating under an Industry or Site Specific Plan, the organiser must tell the local public health unit at least 10 business days before the event taking place.

Overview

This Direction aligns with Stage 3 of the government’s easing of restrictions. In Stage 3 all businesses can open, in line with the COVID Safe Framework.

All businesses may now have one person per 4 square metres on their premises. Businesses with a floor space less than 200 square metres can have one person per 2 square metres, up to 50 people at a time.

From midday 3 July 2020, this includes:

  • sport stadiums will be able to fill 50 per cent of their stadiums or seat 25,000 spectators (whichever is less)
  • concert venues, theatres and auditoriums can have up to 50 per cent capacity or one person per 4 square metres (whichever is greater)
  • museums, art galleries, libraries and historic sites can have one person per 4 square metres
  • non-therapeutic massage services and water-based spa services such as saunas and bathhouses will be able to operate
  • food courts will be able to open
  • nightclubs can operate in accordance with an Approved Plan
  • strip clubs, brothels, sex on premises venues and sole operator sex workers can operate with an Approved Plan
  • wedding ceremonies and funerals may have up to 100 people.

Those businesses that have not been required to close (e.g. grocery stores) can continue to operate as they have been.

Note, physical distancing rules still apply. So wherever possible people should remain 1.5 metres away from others (except if they are in the same group).

For full details, read the official public health direction here


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Community responsibilities

We all have a part to play in keeping ourselves and others safe and to support businesses to safely reopen, or expand their services.

Individuals can

I can

Businesses can

Businesses can

Keep well

  • Stay home if I’m sick
  • Get tested if I have COVID-19 symptoms
  • Support working from home
  • Send anyone unwell home

Keep your space

  • Keep 1.5 metres away from others
  • Come back later if it’s busy
  • Allow only 1 person per 4 square metres
  • if the floor space less than 200 square metres allow one person per 2 square metres, up to 50 people at a time
  • Place out visual markers to encourage distance
  • Operate within the COVID Safe Framework

Keep clean

  • Clean hands often with soap or sanitiser
  • Cover coughs and sneezes

Keep in contact

  • Give contact details at venues in case we need to contact you
  • Download the COVIDSafe app
  • Keep a customer contact register
  • Keep customer information safe for 56 days then dispose securely

Keep flu safe

  • Get the flu shot to help prevent the spread of germs
  • Require some staff to have the flu shot, depending on the industry

Questions and answers about this direction

What has changed under Stage 3 of the Roadmap?

In Stage 3 all businesses can open.

All businesses may now have one person per four square metres on their premises. Businesses with a floor space less than 200 square metres will be allowed to use a one person per 2 square metres rule, for up to 50 people at a time.

All businesses must operate in accordance with the COVID Safe Framework.

Note, physical distancing rules still apply. So wherever possible people should remain 1.5 metres away from others (except if they are in the same group).

What is the COVID Safe Framework?

The COVID Safe Framework sets out what requirements businesses under the Direction must comply with. Depending on the type of business or event, these requirements will be different:

  • certain businesses already have Approved Plans which they should follow.

  • if there is no Approved Plan in place, then a COVID Safe Checklist may apply.

  • a business may elect to operate under a relevant COVID Safe Checklist, for a maximum of 50 people, instead of an Approved Plan

  • if there is no approved COVID Safe Checklist or Approved Plan, the rules in the direction apply and only a maximum of 50 people are allowed.

  • Events are subject to different requirements, depending on the number of people attending.

For more information see the COVID Safe Plans website.

What’s the difference between the 4 square metre rule and physical distancing of 1.5 metres?

Physical distancing (also called social distancing) is one way to help slow the spread of viruses and can help protect the people in our community who are most at risk of getting really sick from COVID-19.

The 4 square metre rule describes the maximum number of people who can occupy premises at the same time - the ‘density’ of people at a restaurant or cafe. For example, it is the measure that a business should use to plan how many people can occupy a venue safely. Unless the business is less than 200 square metres when the business may have a maximum of 50 people with one person per two square metres.

We are also asking everyone to keep a physical (social) distance of 1.5 metres away from other people. This is about each of us being responsible for how close we get to others, wherever we are – for example, at the train station, in the supermarket or at a party.

As a business do I need to do both? That is, make sure there is 4 square metres per person and physical distancing of 1.5 metres?

Yes. The 4 square metre rule or 2 square metre rule when less than 200 square metres does not determine the distance between people. It’s important to be mindful of arranging tables and traffic flows to ensure that wherever possible patrons and staff are each at least 1.5 metres apart.

For example, ensure that tables are at least 1.5 metres apart and that in the takeaway section of a restaurant, each waiting customer can sit or stand at last 1.5 metres away from everyone else. This may not always be possible in a venue less than 200 square metres which is why the venue is restricted to a maximum of 50 people.

Why do businesses need to collect contact details?

Businesses that operate a restricted business, activity or undertaking must collect and keep contact information about all people at the premises (including staff), for contact tracing purposes for a period of 56 days, unless otherwise specified. This information must include:

  • name

  • phone number

  • email address

  • the date and time period of patronage.

If requested, this information must be provided to public health officers within a stated time. The information should be securely stored, not used for any other purpose and deleted after 56 days.

Why does the 4 square metre rule not apply for small venues?

This is all about balancing health considerations and the economy. We are getting this balance right.

This exception for small venues allows us to support local businesses and get Queenslanders back to normal, while ensuring we can safely ease restrictions and perform consistent and fast contact tracing in the event of a person testing positive.

I think a business is not compliant with the COVID Safe Framework, who should I report this to and what happens next?

If you are concerned about a business not maintaining appropriate physical distancing or other Stage 3 requirements, perhaps have a chat to the staff first and find out what measures they have put in place.

If wish to report a business that isn’t complying with restrictions, you can report them through PoliceLink on 131 444.

What requirements do I need to follow if I am waiting on a COVID Safe Plan to be updated for my business/industry?

Follow the requirements of the  Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction (No. 5) until your industry plan is updated. Requirements in this direction are more relaxed than the requirements in your industry’s stage 2 plan.

Questions about hospitality – food and drink

Can I order/drink/eat at a bar?

You can order, pay, and collect food or drinks at the bar or service counter. You cannot stand while eating or drinking – all patrons must be seated. You must ensure you practice physical distancing and stand 1.5 metres away from the next patron, whenever possible.

Can I stand while I eat or drink? Why/why not?

All patrons must be seated while eating or drinking. You can still order, pay or collect food and drinks at the bar or service counter, but you'll need to pull up a chair to drink and eat.

We know it's tough to keep your physical distancing bubble while you're out drinking, eating and having fun with friends and family. To further protect Queenslanders, it's important we put in place as many measures as possible to ensure people are keeping their distance from each other.

Are food buffets allowed?

In the interest of preventing unnecessary contact and potential transmission, buffets are still not allowed. You must be served food by a waiter.

How long can I stay at a café or restaurant? (e.g.: Is there a time limit?)

There is no time limit, but we do encourage you to be mindful that other people may be waiting and to not stay on the premises longer than you need to. Venues may choose to have a time limit for guests. We’re asking for Queenslanders to use common sense and good judgement during this time.

Can food courts now open, if restaurants and cafés can?

Food courts are now open for seating, in compliance with a COVID Safe Checklist. Food courts do not have to collect contact details of customers.

Businesses that provide takeaway food must ensure that all cutlery and utensils provided are single use.

Do businesses need to collect contact details for people just ordering takeaway?

Takeaway food services do not have to collect contact information from takeaway patrons. Businesses only need to collect contact information for dine in patrons.

How will compliance with the Public Health Directions be regulated at restaurants and cafés?

In addition to Queensland Police, Local Government Environmental Health Officers will continue to be regulating food premises to ensure compliance with public health directions.

Can I use my keep cup?

No, BYO or keep cups are not allowed to be used in Stage 3, to reduce the spread of germs.

Questions about retail and leisure

Can I go to a cinema?

Yes, you can go to a cinema. Indoor cinemas must ensure they limit the number of people in the venue to ensure 4 square metres for each person attending. Theatres that are less than 200 square metres may use the 1 person per 2 square metre rule, up to 50 people at a time.

Seating arrangements should be spaced to ensure appropriate physical distancing. Where possible, there should also be at least 1.5 metres between each person who are not in the same group. This applies to the screening area, foyers, food service and ticket queues.

They should have a plan in place to manage entries and exits and have physical distancing measures in place.

If it’s a drive-in cinema, you should remain in your vehicle and physical distancing should be observed in common areas and shared facilities to the extent possible. People from different households can now be in the one car.

I am a tour operator, when can I operate my tours again?

Tourism experiences can operate as long as they limit the number of participants according to the capacity of their space, venue or vessel. Tour operators may now have one person per four square meters. Tour operators with a floor space of less than 200 square metres can use the one person per 2 square metre rule, for up to 50 persons at a time.

This includes tour operators and attractions such as dive boats and fishing charters, and boat operators, who take passengers as individuals or in tour groups can also operate.

How do I operate a tourism experience while maintaining physical distancing?

While at times it can be difficult to maintain physical distancing, tour operators should make every effort to adhere to the guidelines outlined in the Public Health Directions and your COVID Safe Industry Plan, use common sense and follow physical distancing principles, including:

  • limit your tour size according to the physical space you have available - accommodating one person per 4 square metres unless in a space less than 200 square metres when the limit is 50 people and one person per two square metres

  • wherever possible make sure everyone on the tour who is not from the same household is 1.5 metres apart from other people

  • ensure you or your staff stay home if they are sick or have flu-like symptoms, no matter how mild, and get tested for COVID-19

  • encourage your customers to rebook if they are sick or have flu-like symptoms, no matter how mild, and encourage them to get tested for COVID-19

  • practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands regularly with soap and water, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser

To ensure you are maintaining a safe environment for patrons and staff, make use of available resources for best practice cleaning and additional resources in the Safe Work Australia COVID-19 Resource Kit.

Yes, but venues must ensure they limit the number of people in the venue to one person per 4 square metres.

Can I go to a concert/the theatre?

Yes, concert venues, theatres and auditoriums are allowed to operate in Stage 3, with up to 50 per cent capacity, or one person per 4 square metres (whichever is greater).

Can I go watch professional sport?

Yes, major sporting facilities, both indoor and outdoor, are allowed to operate in Stage 3. These venues are only allowed to open for seated and ticketed events.

Sport stadiums can seat 25,000 spectators or fill 50 per cent of the seated capacity (whichever is less) under the COVID Safe Plan. So, you can get out and support your favourite team.

Can I go to a theme park, zoo, aquarium or wildlife centre?

Yes, theme parks, zoos, aquariums and wildlife centres have COVID Safe Site Specific Plans. These plans take into consideration the complexity and size of these businesses to ensure that operators are keeping Queenslanders safe.

Can I go to community facilities (like community centres and halls, recreation centres, youth centres, community clubs and PCYCs)?

Yes. These facilities should follow the Social sporting-based activities rules in the align with the Return to Play Guide (PDF) in relation to these activities.

Can I run major events like marathons, concerts, expos and cultural festivals?

Yes. The key principle in staging and participating is to avoid overcrowding. Organisers should apply the one person per 4 square metre rule.

Organisers also need to have a plan in place to protect attendees. These plans will differ depending on the number of people attending:

  • May operate in compliance with an Industry Plan or Site Specific Plan approved by the Chief Health Officer

  • If the event is operating under an Industry Plan or Site Specific Plan, and more than 500 people will be attending, the organiser must tell the local public health unit at least 10 business days before the event taking place.
  • Or:

  • 500 people or less – must comply with a COVID Safe Event Checklist, no further approval needed

  • 500 - 10,000 people – must comply with a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by the local public health unit

  • 10,000 people or more – must comply with COVID Safe Event Plan approved by the Chief Health Officer.

Do protests need a COVID Safe Event Checklist?

Protest organisers will need to have a COVID Safe Event Checklist, or COVID Safe Industry Event Plan that is approved by either their local public health unit or the Chief Health Officer depending on attendee numbers.

Questions about entertainment venues

What are the restrictions for casinos, gaming and gambling venues?

Casinos, gaming or gambling venues can operate in compliance with an approved COVID Safe Industry Plan. These plans outline how these venues will meet health requirements and implement extra measures to ensure the health and safety of the increased number patrons.

In Stage 3 these venues can:

  • serve food and drinks to seated patrons

  • provide takeaway food and home delivery

  • operate for gaming, including electronic gaming machines

In stage 3 these venues cannot:

  • have dance floors

  • have buffets

  • serve food and drinks to patrons at the bar

What are the restrictions for retail wagering outlets?

Retail wagering outlets must be managed in accordance with the COVID Safe Industry Plan and only have one person per 4 square metres unless less than 200 square metres when they can have up to 50 people with one person per two square metres.

What are the restrictions for strip clubs, brothels, sex on premises venues and sole operator sex workers?

Strip clubs, brothels, sex on premises venues and sole operator sex workers can operate in Stage 3 with a COVID Safe Industry Plan.

Can nightclubs open?

Yes. But, in the interest of preventing unnecessary contact and potential transmission, nightclub dance floors remain closed in Stage 3. Nightclubs may use this space for seated dining or seated drinking.

We said we would ease restrictions in phases and manage this sensibly, and that’s what we are doing. The decision to ease restrictions is based on a number of factors, including our ability to identify sources of transmission and contain and manage any outbreaks. We are continuously assessing these factors and will update Queenslanders when we are able to.

Can venues have dance floors?

In the interest of preventing unnecessary contact and potential transmission, dance floors are not allowed in Stage 3, including in a bar, nightclub or wedding venue.

At a wedding, the couple getting married may share their first dance. The couple getting married may also share a dance with their respective parents. However, wedding guests may not join them on the dance floor or participate in dancing.

We said we would ease restrictions in phases and manage this sensibly, and that’s what we are doing. The decision to ease restrictions is based on a number of factors, including our ability to identify sources of transmission and contain and manage any outbreaks. We are continuously assessing these factors and will update Queenslanders when we are able to.

Questions about real estate

I work in the real estate industry; can I conduct an open house inspection on a property?

Yes, open house inspections are permitted. The agent must ensure that they limit the number of attendees to no more than one person per 4 square metres at a time. If the home is less than 200 square metres in size, then the one person per 2 square metre rule will apply, up to 50 people.

The agent should ensure good hand hygiene and frequent environmental cleaning and disinfection is maintained during an open house inspection.

Given the close interaction involved, agents are required to keep a record of all guests’ contact information, including name, phone number, email address and the date and time period of patronage for 56 days (8 weeks) to assist with contact tracing if required.

The agent should ensure that physical distancing including four or two square metres per person, hand hygiene and frequent environmental cleaning and disinfection is maintained during an open house inspection.

Can I go to an auction?

Yes, auctions are permitted but the auctioneer and agents must ensure that they limit the number of attendees to no more than one person per 4 square metres of space available for staging the auction or one person per two square metres if the space is less than 200 square metres.

The event should be staged in such a way that physical distancing is observed and all participants can stay at least 1.5 metres apart if possible.

Given the close interaction involved, agents are required to keep a record of all guests’ contact information, including name, email address, phone number, and date and time of patronage, for 56 days (8 weeks) to assist with contact tracing if required.

Questions about beauty and personal care services

I am a massage therapist. Can I offer massage therapy?

Yes. You can provide massage therapy to clients for the management or prevention of a disease, injury or condition, as long as you comply with a COVID Safe Checklist or COVID Safe Industry Plan.

If you provide massage non-therapeutic purposes, like relaxation massage, you may operate in accordance with a COVID Safe Industry Plan, or with a maximum of 50 people in compliance with a COVID Safe Checklist.

What is included in beauty therapy?

Businesses can operate for all personal appearance/beauty therapy and nail services including, for example, facials, makeup, waxing, laser hair removal, laser treatments and eyelash extensions. Spray tans, cosmetic injections, body piercing and micro needling and tattooing (including tattoo parlours) are also included.

From 3 July at 12 pm (noon), the following services can now also be provided:

  • water-based spa services like saunas and bathhouses

  • non-therapeutic massage

Beauty therapy businesses must operate in compliance with a COVID Safe Checklist or COVID Safe Industry Plan. Beauty therapy businesses that offer water-based spa services like saunas and bathhouses or non-therapeutic massage will be limited to 50 people for their business if they are complying with a COVID Safe Checklist.

Questions about exercise and sport

Are swimming pools open?

Yes. Swimming pools are allowed to operate with a COVID Safe Industry Plan.

If a swimming pool is located in a private residential dwelling for the use of the occupants of the dwelling, those residents are able to use the swimming pool. Swimming pools in apartment complexes should operate under a COVID Safe Industry Plan.

How many people can participate in an outdoor sporting activity?

Stage 3 will see the resumption of community sport competition. This means the return of standard fixtures.

For outdoor venues, physical distancing off the field of play is required. Spectators need to remain 1.5 metres away from people who are not from their own household or group.

Specific guidance regarding the return of sporting-based activities can be found in the Return to Play Guide (PDF). The guide outlines a range of requirements for community sport to adhere to.

Physical distancing rules apply, and records must be collected and kept of all people in attendance.

Can I go to Park Run?

Park Run is able to operate in Stage 3. Organisers and participants should ensure that it’s possible to maintain a safe social distance of at least 1.5 metres from people who are not part of the same household and need a COVID Safe Event Checklist or Event Plan based of the number of registered participants.

Does this mean all sport can recommence?

Yes. Stage 3 will see the resumption of community sport competition including the return of standard fixtures and physical contact on the field of play where required/allowed according to the rules of the game.

The total number of people to attend the activity, training and competition at indoor venues is to be based on occupant density of:

  • 1 person per 2 square metres for venues 200 square metres or less (up to a total of 50), and

  • 1 person per 4 square metres for venues of 200 square metres or more.

For outdoor venues, physical distancing off the field of play is required.

Specific guidance regarding the return of sporting-based activities can be found in the Return to Play Guide (PDF). The guide outlines a range of requirements for community sport to adhere to.

Can I watch someone play a game indoors and outdoors?

Yes, spectators are allowed to watch sports matches both indoors and outdoors. The number of spectators allowed at an indoor venue will be determined by the occupant density requirements applicable to your venue’s size.

Spectators at an outdoor sporting venue or swimming pool should remain 1.5 metres away from people who are not from their own household or group.

However, you’ll need to swap the high five celebrations for elbow bumps!

Specific guidance regarding the return of sporting-based activities can be found in the Return to Play Guide (PDF). The guide outlines a range of requirements for community sport to adhere to.

What is the ‘field of play’?

The ‘field of play’ is the pitch, court, field, pool or other facility that sport, recreation or fitness activity is generally conducted on. Any person required on the field of play, during the course of play, including but not limited to participants, coaches, officials and other required support services/staff are not required to comply physical distancing rules on the field of play.

Spectators, coaches etc from a different household must keep 1.5 metres distance from each other off the field of play.

Specific guidance regarding the return of sporting-based activities can be found in the Return to Play Guide (PDF). The guide outlines a range of requirements for community sport to adhere to.

Can I see my personal trainer or attend a bootcamp?

Yes. But participants should maintain 1.5 metre distance (think two big steps) away from other people, whenever possible. Where safety is a concern or when conducting contact based activities and skills training for example, boxing with a partner, or for businesses operating under the a COVID Safe Plan, the trainer may ‘spot’ or demonstrate the activity and would not be required to comply with physical distancing rules while ensuring client safety. Participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment where possible (e.g. gym mat).

Specific guidance regarding the return of fitness activities can be found in the Return to Play Guide (PDF). The guide outlines a range of requirements for fitness facilities to adhere to.

Can I go to my gym/ health club/ fitness centre/ spin studio/ barre studio/yoga studio / indoor sport studio/ dance studio?

Yes. Gyms, yoga studios, health clubs, fitness centres, spin studios, barre studio, indoor sporting centres and dance studios can operate under a COVID Safe Industry Plan.

Contact based activities and skills training are allowed to recommence in Stage 3.

Change facilities and other ancillary functions may also recommence in Stage 3 including, where relevant, resumption of unstaffed training.

The total number of people to attend the activity, training and competition at indoor venues is to be based on occupant density of:

  • 1 person per 2 square metres for venues 200 square metres or less (up to a total of 50), and

  • 1 person per 4 square metres for venues of 200 square metres or more.

Specific guidance regarding the return of fitness activities can be found in the Return to Play Guide (PDF). The guide outlines a range of requirements for fitness facilities to adhere to.

How many parents can watch their children at sport?

Both indoor and outdoor sporting facilities are allowed spectators, as long as there is enough space between spectators from different households. Community sporting facilities will need to keep clear records to assist with contact tracing.

Questions about universities/ TAFE /technical classes

Should I attend my university/TAFE/technical classes in person?

Universities, TAFE and other educational institutions are open and need to observe physical distancing. This means that there should be no more than one person per 4 square metres in large lecture settings.

Smaller educational and teaching sessions are not subject to the one person per 4 square metres rule, but physical distancing must be observed whenever possible. Please refer to your place of learning for more information about classes.

Cafes and sporting based activities at universities must comply with the requirements outlined in this direction.

Questions about weddings, funerals, religious, civil and non-denominational ceremonies

How many people can I have at a wedding?

Wedding ceremonies can have a maximum of 100 people regardless of the size of the venue.

It is important if you are unwell, that you do not go to a wedding.

A record of names and contact details of each guest must be kept for 56 days to assist in contact tracing if required.

Can people dance at weddings?

The couple getting married may share their first dance at their wedding. The couple getting married may also share a dance with their respective parents. However, wedding guests may not join them on the dance floor or participate in dancing.

How many people can attend a funeral?

Funerals may be attended by a maximum of 100 people irrespective of the size of the venue.

It is important if you are unwell, that you do not go to a funeral.

A record of names and contact details of each guest must be kept for 56 days to assist in contact tracing if required.

How many people can attend a religious service (other than a wedding ceremony on funeral)?

Places of worship can have one person per 4 square metres for scheduled services, private worship or religious services other than a wedding ceremony or funeral. If the place of worship is less than 200 square metres, the one person per 2 square metre rule applies, up to 50 people. Groups from different households can sit together. There is no need to maintain distancing between people from the same household.

How many people can attend civil services, cultural ceremonies or non-denominational services?

There is no limit to the number of people who can attend a civil service, cultural ceremony or non-denominational service other than a wedding ceremony or funeral (for example naming ceremony) but venues must ensure that there is no more than one person per 4 square metres. If the venue is less than 200 square metres, the one person per 2 square metre rule applies, up to 50 people.

Questions about residential facilities and accommodation

Can I operate my short-term rental or short-term accommodation (for example, serviced apartment or Airbnb listing) for holiday and leisure purposes?

Yes. Accommodation providers can operate in Stage 3. This includes campgrounds. There is no limit on the number of customers for accommodation providers.

Some accommodation providers are required to have a health management plan to manage preventing the spread of COVID-19. For example, a backpacker hostel or a bed and breakfast. If you rent out part of your home using an online hosting platform such as Airbnb and your guests share your kitchen and/or bathroom, you will also need a health management plan. Fully self-contained apartments or houses will not require a health management plan.

What is a health management plan?

A health management plan demonstrates compliance with COVID-19 public health directions and describes the measures that can be implemented to minimise risks of transmission of COVID-19 amongst residents, workers and people staying at the accommodation facility, and the community. Please refer to the www.health.qld.gov.au/healthdirections for more information.

A seasonal worker needs to quarantine at my accommodation facility. What are my obligations?

Your accommodation facility must be able to provide suitable arrangements for sleeping, eating and hygiene. The seasonal worker should not be sharing a bathroom, bedroom or cooking facilities with other workers or guests unless those people are also undertaking quarantine for the same period.

Where can I find additional information about health management plans and seasonal workers?

Please refer to the Seasonal Workers Health Management Plans Direction for more information. There is also industry specific information available on the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website.

Can shared facilities at caravan parks, campgrounds and in hostels open?

Yes, shared bathrooms or kitchens for people staying at the facility can open as long as the facility has a health management plan in place.

Questions about the roadmap to easing restrictions

Why are restrictions being eased?

Queensland has done a great job flattening the curve, which means we can start to get back to business as usual whilst maintaining physical distancing. We need to ease restrictions in phases and manage this sensibly.

What happens after stage 3?

After stage 3, following advice from National Cabinet and the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee, the Queensland Government will determine whether further restrictions can be removed. We will also keep consulting with business and industry and keep the public informed about any further relaxing of restrictions in the future.

How will this be enforced?

Queensland Police and other enforcement officers will enforce the lifting of these restrictions and ensure Queenslanders are doing their part to slow the spread. Industry and business regulators will also play a role in ensuring organisations are compliant with restrictions.

Why is this list of restrictions being eased?

These restrictions are being eased due to the great work Queenslanders have been doing to date. The selected restrictions are being lifted based on recommendations determined by Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPCC) and Queensland’s Chief Health Officer.

Questions about COVID Safe Checklists

Where can I get a COVID Safe Checklist?

The COVID Safe Checklists are available for download at https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/government-actions/roadmap-to-easing-queenslands-restrictions

Questions about COVID Safe Plans

What is a COVID Safe Plan?

Find out more information about COVID Safe Plans on the Queensland Government COVID Safe Business website: https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/government-actions/covid-safe-businesses

What if I don’t belong to an industry body?

You don’t have to belong to an Industry body to adopt the COVID Safe Industry Plan that most reflects your business. Plans will be available at no cost here: https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/government-actions/covid-safe-businesses

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