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Interstate exposure venues

Interstate Exposure Venues Direction

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 are arriving into Queensland

If you have been to an interstate exposure venue 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 already in Queensland

If you are in Queensland 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
  • 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 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.

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.

What is an interstate exposure venue? / Where can I view a list of interstate exposure venues?

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An interstate exposure venue is identified by another state, territory or Queensland safe travel zone country. This is a place where a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 has been.

See a list of interstate exposure venues on the Queensland Health website.

If you are in Queensland and become aware that you have been to an interstate exposure venue during the relevant time (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
  • 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.

Questions about quarantine — interstate exposure venues

Do I have to quarantine if I’ve been to a casual interstate exposure venue?

If you are arriving into Queensland

Yes. You must complete 14 days quarantine in government arranged accommodation if you have been to any interstate exposure venue at the relevant times in the last 14 days. This includes venues that are defined as casual exposure venues by interstate and Queensland safe travel zone country government authorities.

See the list of interstate exposure venues on the Queensland Health website.

If you are already in Queensland

Yes. If you are in Queensland and become aware that you have been to an interstate exposure venue during the relevant time (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
  • 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.

I have received a negative COVID-19 test, do I still have to quarantine?

Yes. If you have received a negative COVID-19 test and have been to an interstate exposure venue in the last 14 days you must quarantine when you enter Queensland or if you are already in Queensland, as soon as you become aware that you have been to an interstate exposure venue (during the relevant time). This includes venues that are defined as casual exposure venues by interstate and Queensland safe travel zone country government authorities.

Will I be charged for quarantine if I am a close contact?

If you are arriving into Queensland

If you have been to an interstate exposure venue you must quarantine for 14 days in government arranged accommodation when entering Queensland. Anyone who has been to an interstate exposure venue upon entry into Queensland will be charged for their stay in government arranged quarantine.

If you are already in Queensland

If you are in Queensland and become aware that you have been to an interstate exposure venue during the relevant time (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
  • 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.

If you are unable to drive yourself, see if a member of your household, family or a friend can take you. You must:

  • wear a face mask
  • sit in the back seat
  • 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 precautions.

How long do I have to quarantine if I am a close contact?/ A location is now listed as historical but it has been less than 14 days since I was there. Do I need to remain in quarantine?

Anyone who is identified as a close contact will have to quarantine for 14 days from when they are directed. For example, if you are informed you are a close contact on 1 May (day 0) you must quarantine until the end of 15 May (day 15).

What if I am told I am a close contact?

Home quarantine

If you are told you are a close contact and are allowed to quarantine at home you must immediately travel by the most direct route possible by private transport or transport arranged by a government authority to your home, accommodation or other suitable premises to quarantine. You must stay at your premises until you receive further instructions from Queensland Health or an emergency officer.

Government arranged accommodation

If you are told you are a close contact and must quarantine in government arranged accommodation, you must immediately travel by the most direct route possible by private transport or transport arranged by a government authority to the government arranged accommodation, unless otherwise directed by an emergency officer.

What if I have been to a place that is declared an interstate exposure venue after I arrive in Queensland?/ I have been to an interstate exposure site, what do I need to do?

You should monitor interstate exposure venues on the Queensland Health website for 14 days after you arrive in Queensland. If a place that you have visited is declared an interstate exposure venue after you arrive into Queensland and you were there at the relevant times, you must:

  • immediately travel by private transport directly to your home or accommodation and quarantine
  • 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.

When can I leave quarantine if I am a close contact?

Your quarantine period will end:

  • at the time stated on your quarantine direction or as stated by an emergency officer, or
  • if your quarantine direction is revoked, or
  • if 14 days have passed since you had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case.

If I have been to an interstate exposure venue but have had my COVID-19 vaccine, do I need to follow the quarantine rules?

Yes.

If you are arriving into Queensland

You must complete 14 days quarantine in government arranged accommodation if you have been to any interstate exposure venue during the relevant times in the last 14 days, even if you have received your COVID-19 vaccine. This includes venues that are defined as casual exposure venues by interstate and Queensland safe travel zone country government authorities.

If you are already in Queensland

If you are in Queensland 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
  • 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.

Questions about quarantine in government arranged accommodation

What is quarantine in government arranged accommodation?

Read about what happens in quarantine in government arranged accommodation including Q&As.

Questions about exemptions

Can I apply for an exemption to enter Queensland or from requirement to quarantine?

The Chief Health Officer may give a person or a group of people an exemption from the Interstate exposure venues Direction from a requirement in this Direction if other extreme exceptional circumstances exist.

Apply for an exemption.

Can I apply for an exemption from quarantining in government arranged accommodation? I want to quarantine at my home because I need special care.

The Chief Health Officer can give an exemption from quarantine only for very exceptional circumstances. If you need special care, you will be placed in government accommodation that is medically supported to provide your care. Your carer will be placed into quarantine with you if you need care from a particular person.

Will I be able to apply for an exemption if I have been to an interstate exposure venue or hotspot in the last 14 days or since the start date identified for the hotspot (whichever is shorter)?

You should only apply for an exemption if extreme exceptional circumstances exist. You will need to get this exemption before you can enter Queensland.

You can request an exemption online using the Health Service Portal. You may need to provide evidence to support your request.

Can I apply for an exemption for a wedding?

Exemptions are very unlikely to be granted for weddings.

Can I apply for an exemption to attend a funeral?

An exemption to attend a funeral is only likely to be granted if you complete 14 days of quarantine in government arranged accommodation.

You can request an exemption online using the Health Service Portal. You may need to provide evidence to support your request.

Can I apply for an exemption to visit someone who is near their end of life?

An exemption may be able to be granted for you to visit someone who is dying evidence can be provided. If an exemption was granted, you would have to quarantine for 14 days, or since the start date identified for the hotspot (whichever is shorter) however, you would be able to leave quarantine to visit your relative.

If your relative is in aged care facility or disability accommodation service you will require approval from the operator of the facility as well as an exemption to enter Queensland under the Border Restrictions Direction or Quarantine for international arrivals Direction.

You must comply with all the conditions given under the exemption.

The facility must also take reasonable steps to manage your visit in line with the conditions of the exemption. For example, this could mean:

  • that the operator needs to ensure the resident you are visiting is in a single room
  • that you wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • that you are escorted to and from the room
  • that you avoid common areas and contact with other residents.

You can request an exemption online using the Health Service Portal. You may need to provide evidence to support your request.

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