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Interstate exposure venues

Interstate Exposure Venues Direction (No. 2)

What’s changed from 18 May 2021

  • Clarify that interstate exposure venues are published on the Queensland Health website.
  • Clarify that anyone who is already in Queensland or who arrives before the identified date, must quarantine at their home or other suitable accommodation until 14 days have passed since they were at an interstate exposure venue (at the relevant time), unless told otherwise.
  • Clarify that anyone who arrives in Queensland after the identified date must quarantine for 14 days from their arrival in Queensland in government arranged accommodation, unless 14 days have passed since they were at the interstate exposure venue.

What will change from 9am AEST 21 May 2021

Overview

To help stop the spread of COVID-19, anyone who has been to an interstate exposure venue (at the relevant time) must quarantine.

Interstate exposure venues are published on the Queensland Health website.

If you arrive into Queensland after the identified date

If you have been to an interstate exposure venue and arrive after the identified date you must quarantine for 14 days in government arranged accommodation when entering Queensland, unless 14 days have passed since you were at the interstate exposure venue.

If you haven’t been to an interstate exposure venue, you should monitor interstate exposure venues on the Queensland Health website for 14 days after you arrive in Queensland.

If you are in Queensland or arrive before the identified date

If you are in Queensland or arrive before the identified date, and become aware that you have been to an interstate exposure venue during the relevant exposure period (even if you have not been told you are a close or casual contact) you must:

  • immediately travel by private transport directly to your home or accommodation and quarantine until 14 days have passed since you were at an interstate exposure venue, unless told otherwise
  • get tested at your earliest opportunity
  • complete the online contact tracing self-assessment. If you are unable to complete the online contact tracing self-assessment call 134 COVID (134 268).

After you complete the contact tracing self-assessment you will be contacted by Queensland Health.

You should monitor interstate exposure venues on the Queensland Health website for 14 days after you arrive in Queensland.

Quarantine requirements

You must travel:

You may travel by private transport only if you are not quarantining in government arranged accommodation – for example, at home.

You must not leave quarantine except:

  • to get a COVID-19 test (if permitted by an emergency officer)
  • to avoid injury or illness or to escape a risk of harm
  • in an emergency
  • as allowed by an emergency officer.

You must not allow anyone to enter where you are quarantining, unless they:

  • usually live there or are quarantining with you
  • are required to enter in an emergency
  • are allowed to enter by an emergency officer.

You must wear a surgical face mask, unless you have a lawful reason not to, when:

  • directed by an emergency officer
  • leaving quarantine for a permitted purpose
  • opening your door for a permitted purpose.

Testing

While in quarantine, if you refuse a COVID-19 test you must stay in quarantine for an additional 14 days from the end of your quarantine period.

For full details, read the Interstate Exposure Venues Direction (No. 2).

Questions and Answers about this direction

Questions about quarantine

What is quarantine?

Quarantine is when people who are well and may have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 have to stay away from others to stop the spread of COVID-19. Quarantine means staying in your home or government arranged accommodation for 14 days and not leaving. The quarantine period is 14 days from when you may have been in contact with the person.

This is because you may be in the incubation period (the time between getting the virus and showing symptoms).

Who has to quarantine?

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, anyone arriving in Queensland must quarantine if in the last 14 days, they have:

People who are already in Queensland will also be directed to quarantine if they have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

When someone is directed to quarantine, they will be issued with a quarantine direction under the Public Health Act 2005. This is a legal notice.

What is a quarantine direction?

A quarantine direction is a legal notice issued under the Public Health Act 2005 to a person who is directed to quarantine. The quarantine direction includes:

  • person’s name, date of birth, contact details and the address they advised where they will be quarantining (i.e. residential address or alternative address)
  • date that they are required to quarantine until
  • if applicable, children in the person’s care who are to also comply with the quarantine direction
  • penalty for not complying with the quarantine direction
  • link to further quarantine information.

What's the difference between quarantine and isolation?

While both will limit your movements, quarantine is what people are required to do in case they have come in contact with a confirmed case.

Isolation is the term used when asking people who are suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 to stay in their home or in hospital until they are no longer infectious.

If you are suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, you will be asked to self-isolate unless you are so sick that you need treatment in a hospital.

Who is a close contact?

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A close contact is someone who has:

  • had face-to-face contact for any amount of time or shared a closed space for at least 1 hour with a confirmed case during their infectious period.
  • been to a venue or location where the risk of transmission is considered high based on public health assessment.
  • been identified by public health authorities to be at high risk for developing COVID-19 as they have or may have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, for example in a school or other institutional setting.
  • been advised they will be provided with a quarantine direction by an emergency officer – by text, email or phone call.
  • been confirmed a close contact or casual contact by an interstate government authority.

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