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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 but 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 or at another quarantine address for 14 days  until the date that stated on your quarantine direction (if issued). You must avoid contact with other people, including receiving visitors and not leave. The quarantine period is 14 days from when you may have been in contact with the person with COVID-19. 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 been:

  • have been in a declared COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days or since the hotspot was declared (whichever is shorter)
  • have been to an interstate exposure venue, at the relevant time and have been identified as a close contact
  • have been identified as a close contact by other means
  • are a secondary contact that resides in the same household as an identified close contact as specified in Schedule 1 of the Management of Secondary Contacts Direction.
  • have been overseas in the last 14 days (excluding travel on a quarantine free flight from a safe travel zone country)

When someone is directed to quarantine, they may be issued with a quarantine direction under the Public Health Act 2005. This is a legal notice. A secondary contact will be required to quarantine in accordance with a quarantine direction issued to the member of their household who is the identified close contact.

Who can direct a person to go into quarantine?

Under the Public Health Act 2005:

  • the Chief Health Officer can release a Public Health Direction stating that specific groups of people need to go into quarantine
  • an emergency officer can direct a person to go into quarantine.

You can be directed to quarantine either verbally or in writing, including as a text message, email or letter.  When you get given a written quarantine direction, you must complete quarantine, even if you have not been told verbally by an emergency officer.

Even if you don’t receive a written quarantine direction but are requested to quarantine by an emergency officer (public health), either verbally or via SMS you are still required to quarantine.

What is a quarantine direction?

A quarantine direction is a legal notice issued under the Public Health Act 2005 that may be given to a person who is directed to quarantine. If the close contact is a minor, the quarantine direction will be issued to the parent, guardian or responsible adult of the minor. 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.

A secondary contact will be required to quarantine in accordance with a quarantine direction issued to the member of their household who is the identified close contact.

Who is a close contact?

#closecontact

A close contact is someone that has been determined to be a close contact of a person with COVID-19 by a public health officer in Queensland or an interstate government authority. This may be someone who has:

  • had face-to-face contact for any amount of time
  • been to a venue or location where the risk of transmission is considered high based on public health assessment
  • been to an interstate exposure venue identified by another state, territory or New Zealand – even if the exposure venue has been assessed as casual or low risk by the state, territory or New Zealand
  • 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, e.g. in a school or other institutional setting
  • been confirmed as a contact by an interstate government authority.

What do I need to do if I have been directed to quarantine at home?

If you have been directed to quarantine at home, you must stay at the address for 14 days or the date specified on the quarantine direction from the date of exposure.

You cannot:

  • leave your home except:
    • in an emergency
    • to avoid injury or illness or to escape a risk of harm – for example escaping risk of harm related to domestic and family violence or accessing support from a domestic and family violence support service
    • to get essential medical care
    • to get a COVID-19 test
    • as required or permitted under a direction given by an emergency officer
    • to get essential medical supplies if you have a Chief Health Officer exemption to do so.
  • go into public places including your work or the shops. You will need to let your employer know that you cannot attend your workplace until the end of your quarantine period.
  • let anyone into your home unless they:
    • usually live with you
    • are required to enter in an emergency
    • are given permission by an emergency officer.

You can:

  • go into your garden or courtyard if you live in a house
  • go onto your balcony if you live in an apartment or are staying in a hotel.

If you are in quarantine and need help getting food or other essentials you should call the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349.

What do I do if I live with other people if I’m quarantining at home?

If you live with other people, they may be categorised as secondary contacts and may also be directed into quarantine at home with you for the time you are required to quarantine. This will be determined at the time of initial assessment by a public health officer.

If living with other people, you must:

  • stay in your own room as much as possible, no one else should come into the room
  • only leave your room to use the bathroom or have fresh air breaks
  • use a separate bathroom if possible or clean the bathroom immediately after each time you use it
  • have meals and medicines brought to your bedroom door
  • wear a mask if you need to open your door and move through the home, always staying more than 1.5 metres away from other people
  • clean the home regularly, especially things people touch often like door handles and light switches
  • maintain good hygiene practices like washing hands regularly, avoiding touching your face (or others’ faces) and covering coughs and sneezes.

If living with other people, you must not:

  • go anywhere in the home where there are other people, wait until they leave the room or area
  • prepare meals for other people
  • share household items.

Everyone in the household should:

  • practise good hand and respiratory hygiene
  • practise physical distancing
  • monitor their health for any COVID-19 symptoms
  • follow any directions from a public health officer or emergency officer that may be specific to that household.

How can I get food and medication if I’m quarantining at home?

You can get food and medication while in quarantine by doing the following:

  • Ask friends or family members you don’t live with to get food and medication to leave at your door.
  • If you need a prescription filled arrange this with your usual pharmacist or GP. They can then deliver it to your home or you can let your friend or family member know where to collect the medication. Read more about getting medicines and accessing health services.
  • Arrange a food delivery service. Have all food left outside your home. Do not let any delivery person into your home.

Contact the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349 for help.

Can home care and essential services like nurses still visit me at home?

These workers are not currently permitted to enter the home of a close contact in quarantine unless permitted by an emergency officer. Close contacts in quarantine should discuss their in-home care needs with public health officers. When visits occur, it is essential to wear a mask, practise good hand and respiratory hygiene and maintain physical distancing.

For more detailed information, please read the specific COVID-19 advice for in-home community workers on the Queensland Health website.

Do I have to have a test while completing quarantine at home?

Close contacts

If you are directed to quarantine at home, you will be emailed a laboratory form and will be asked to attend a test centre on day 12 of your mandatory quarantine period. If you do not get tested when asked to do so, your quarantine period will be extended.

Please wear a mask when you attend the clinic for testing. When you arrive at the clinic, tell the healthcare professionals that you have been identified as a close contact of a person with COVID-19, are in quarantine and are attending for routine day 12 testing. Even if you test negative on your routine day 12 testing you must stay in quarantine for the full 14 days until the date specified on your quarantine direction. This is because you could still develop COVID-19 towards the end of the quarantine period.

Secondary contacts

If you are a secondary contact you only need to get tested if:

  • you develop COVID-19 symptoms
  • any of the people in the house test positive for COVID-19, then everyone in the house will be considered a close contact of a confirmed case.

How can I travel for testing if I’m quarantining at home?

You are allowed to leave your home to attend a fever or respiratory clinicfor testing if permitted under a direction given to you by an emergency officer.

You should travel alone, use personal transport where possible, and must go directly to the clinic and return home straight away without stopping anywhere else (not even to get petrol). If you are unable to drive yourself, see if a member of your household or a friend can take you.

When travelling with other people, you must:

  • wear a mask at all times
  • sit in the back seat with the windows down
  • maintain physical distancing as much as possible
  • handle your own belongings
  • use hand sanitiser.

If you are unable to organise travel in a private vehicle, you can use a taxi or ride share service with the above-mentioned precautions. A taxi van or a taxi with a protective shield is preferred, if this is not available, you can travel by taxi or rideshare while sitting in the back seat on the passenger side.

When you arrive at the clinic, tell the health care professionals that you have been identified as a close contact of a someone with COVID-19 and are in quarantine.

What happens if I develop symptoms during quarantine if I’m quarantining at home?

If you or any other member of your household develops any COVID-19 symptoms at any time during your quarantine period please immediately isolate yourself from others and attend your local fever or respiratory clinic to get tested as soon as possible.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms that are life threatening or urgent:

Call Triple zero (000). Tell the operator that you are in quarantine.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms that are not urgent:

Call 134 COVID (134 268) to speak to someone about your health.

Which agencies may contact me during my quarantine?

If you have been issued a quarantine direction, the following Queensland Government agencies may contact you whilst you are in quarantine:

  • Smart Services Queensland – contact may be by SMS or phone call on a number of occasions to provide information about quarantine and testing
  • Health Contact Centre – contact may be by phone call or SMS on a number of occasions to check on your health, provide testing advice and answer any health questions you may have
  • Public Health Units or Department of Health/Queensland Health – contact tracing officers may contact you as part of their investigations.

When you are being contacted by a Queensland Government agency, the officer should always introduce themselves with their full name and the name of the agency they represent. When asked, they should also give you a contact number that you can call back on.

Be alert about COVID-19 themed hoax SMS and emails, for example, notifying people they are a close contact to a confirmed COVID-19 case. These messages usually include a link to a non-government website or may ask to provide personal information, including banking details. You will never be asked for your banking details by a Queensland Government agency via an SMS. If you are unsure whether an SMS or email you received is genuine, you can call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) to check.

What happens at the end of my quarantine if I’m quarantining at home?

You can leave home quarantine if 14 days have passed since you had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case and your day 12 test result is negative. If other household members are subject to the same quarantine requirements as you, they may also leave home quarantine.

A quarantine release notice is not essential and is currently not routinely provided.

You must continue to practise physical distancing and good hand and respiratory hygiene. If you become unwell and have any cold or flu-like symptoms return home straight away and contact your doctor.

Questions about face masks

When do I have to wear a face mask?/ Where do I have to wear a face mask

In an impacted area (South East Queensland)

See when to wear a mask in an impacted area (South East Queensland).

Rest of Queensland (outside of South East Queensland)

You are only required to wear a mask in some locations such as airports on domestic flights. You do not need to wear a mask if you:

  • have not been in a locked down area since 4pm on 8 August 2021 or an impacted area at any time since 1am AEST 29 June; or
  • do not reside in the same household as a person who has been in a locked down area at any time from 4pm on 8 August 2021 or an impacted areas at any time from 1am AEST 31 July 2021

You are not required to wear a mask if 14 days have passed since you or a member of your household was in an impacted areas or a locked down area.

We recommend everyone else in Queensland should keep a mask with them so that if you are in a situation where you may not be able to maintain physical distancing, you have some added protection.

Who doesn’t have to wear a face mask?

#exceptions

In an impacted area (South East Queensland)

See when to wear a mask in an impacted area (South East Queensland).

Rest of Queensland (outside of South East Queensland)

There are also some exceptions to wearing a face mask in airports in Queensland, on domestic flights and in vehicles transporting people to and from quarantine hotels.

These exceptions include:

  • children under 12
  • a person eating, drinking or taking medicine
  • where visibility of the mouth is essential – for example, a person communicating to someone who is deaf or hard of hearing, a teacher or live broadcasting
  • a person with a particular medical condition or disability that may be made worse by wearing a mask – for example, a person who has breathing difficulties, a serious skin condition on their face, a mental health condition or psychological impacts from experienced trauma
  • a person undergoing medical treatment – for example, a person receiving first aid
  • if a person is asked to remove a face mask for identity
  • if wearing a mask creates a risk to a person’s health and safety
  • in an emergency or when required by law – for example, if a customs officer requires a person to remove their mask for a cavity search
  • in any circumstances where it is not safe to wear a face mask
  • if you are an air crew member or an airport worker who is not interacting directly with passengers.

If you remove your face mask for any reason, you must put it back on as soon as practicable.

Do I have to wear a mask if I work in the building and construction industry?

If you work in the building and construction industry, masks are mandatory and must be worn at all times, unless:

  • it is unsafe to do so
  • you are eating or drinking
  • you are alone in your car (or with only members of your household)
  • you are alone or can physically distance (from non-household members)
  • you are smoking, but you must maintain 1.5 metre distance from other people while smoking.

This applies both inside and outside of a building, and includes residential construction such as renovations, repairs or maintenance.

If you cannot maintain physical distance from others on the worksite, you must wear your mask.

Do I have to provide a medical certificate to prove I can't wear a mask due to my medical condition?

You do not need a medical certificate to prove you have a lawful reason for not wearing a face mask.

Find out more information about COVID-19 and human rights.

Questions about face masks at airports and on flights

Do I have to wear a mask if I’m driving a vehicle with no passengers?

No. You do not need to wear a mask if you are driving a vehicle without passengers.

Do I have to wear a face mask if I am not interacting directly with passengers?

Air crew and airport workers who do not interact directly with passengers do not need to wear a mask. If you are in the airport where passengers are present, you must wear a face mask. If you are at an airport in a locked down area, you must wear a mask at all times unless an exception applies

What type of mask can I wear in an airport or on a plane? Will it be provided to me?

You must obtain your own face mask. The best face mask is a single-use surgical mask – you can purchase these at pharmacies. If you are unable to get a surgical mask, any cloth mask with at least 3 layers is permitted.

Find out how to use, wear and dispose of a face mask.

How can I wear a face mask if I have a hearing aid or wear garments that cover my head or face?

If you wear a hearing aid we recommend considering wearing a mask that ties around your head, rather than over the ears to ensure the ties do not get tangled in your hearing aid.

There are a range of face masks available that can be worn with traditional and religious garments. These include face masks that are tied around the head, rather than looped over the ears. If you wear a face covering, like a veil or scarf, you should wear your face mask beneath this covering your nose and mouth.

Find out how to use, wear and dispose of a face mask.

How do I stop my face mask fogging up my glasses?

Try one of these tips to help prevent your face mask fogging your glasses:

  • make sure your face mask is fitted and pinched on your nose if possible
  • put your glasses on after your mask
  • wash your glasses with detergent and water to create a film to prevent fogging
  • use micropore tape (available at pharmacies) to tape the mask along the bridge of your nose and cheeks, then put your glasses on top
  • put a folded tissue across the bridge of your nose, then put your mask on with your glasses on top.

Find out how to use, wear and dispose of a face mask.

How do I wear a mask correctly if I have a big beard?

Ensure the mask covers your nose and mouth, regardless of any facial hair. For non-medical face masks, you do not have to achieve a seal with the mask against the skin of your face.

There are different shapes and sizes of fabric non-medical masks available, some of which may be a more comfortable option if you have facial hair.

Who are air crew and airport workers?

Air crew means a person on a commercial domestic flight landing or taking off in Queensland who is:
  • a pilot or crew member providing essential safety or maintenance functions or cabin crew member actively servicing a commercial domestic flight
  • an off-shift pilot or crew member providing essential safety or maintenance functions or cabin crew member travelling to reposition to commence duty in Queensland or another State or Territory
  • an aeromedical services crew member providing patient transport or emergency medical care to a patient
  • an off-shift aeromedical services crew member who is travelling as a passenger on an aircraft to reposition to commence duty in Queensland or another State of Territory.
Airport worker means someone required to perform work in a Queensland airport, including:
  • an engineer or other technical staff
  • a cleaner
  • a baggage handler
  • a person involved in the delivery or removal of food, goods or other things in connection with an aircraft
  • an employee of an airline other than air crew
  • a person providing law enforcement or border security services.

Can I remove my face mask to smoke or use an e-cigarette?

Yes, subject to existing restrictions on smoking in public places in Queensland.

While there isn’t enough evidence to be certain that people who smoke are more likely to be infected by COVID-19, the act of smoking means that fingers are in contact with your lips which increases the possibility of transmission of virus from hand to mouth.

Find out more about smoking and COVID-19.

How will wearing face masks be enforced?

Airlines can stop someone from boarding a domestic flight or flying with the airline (for a period of time determined by the airline) if they refuse to wear a face mask.

Although airlines are not responsible for enforcing compliance with the Mandatory Face Masks Direction, they can report non-compliance to the Queensland Police Service or Australian Federal Police through their current processes.

Queensland Police Service and Australian Federal Police officers may take action if a person refuses to wear a face mask without a lawful reason. A person may be given a move-on direction to not board a flight or to leave the airport for up to a 24 hour period. If someone refuses a police direction to wear a mask, police officers can issue an on-the-spot fine of $206, an infringement notice, or a notice to appear in court.

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Questions and requests for exemptions

If you are seeking clarification on a Direction or have any questions, please call 134 COVID (13 42 68).

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