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Interstate places of concern (stay at home in Queensland)

New South Wales border zone Local Government Areas and the Australian Capital Territory

Interstate Places of Concern (Stay at home in Queensland) Direction (No. 4)

What’s changed from 13 August 2021

  • Anyone who has been in the Australian Capital Territory in the last 14 days or since 1am AEST 9 August (whichever is later) and enters Queensland between 5pm AEST 12 August and 1am AEST 14 August must follow stay at home restrictions. You must follow these restrictions until 14 days have passed since you were in the Australian Capital Territory.
  • Anyone who is currently in Queensland who has been in the Australian Capital Territory since 1am AEST 9 August must follow stay at home restrictions. You must follow these restrictions until 14 days have passed since you were in the Australian Capital Territory.
  • Anyone in Queensland who has been in the Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Walgett Shire, Bourke Shire, Brewarrina Shire, Ballina Shire, Byron Shire, City of Lismore or Richmond Valley Council Local Government Areas in the last 14 days, or since 12.01am AEST 12 August 2021, (whichever is later) must follow stay at home restrictions. You must follow these restrictions until New South Wales lifts their restrictions or 14 days have passed since they left the area (whichever is shorter).

Overview

Anyone in Queensland who has been in a place of concern must follow stay at home restrictions. You must follow these restrictions until the relevant State Government Authority (Australian Capital Territory or New South Wales) lifts their restrictions or 14 days have passed since you left the area (whichever is shorter).

Current places of concern include:

Place

Identified start date

The Australian Capital Territory

If you have been in the Australian Capital Territory in the last 14 days or since 1am AEST 9 August 2021 (whichever is later) and you enter Queensland between 5pm AEST 12 August 2021 and 1am AEST 14 August 2021 you must follow stay at home restrictions until 14 days have passed since you were last in the Australian Capital Territory.

If you arrived in Queensland before 5pm AEST 12 August 2021 and have been in the Australian Capital Territory since 1am AEST 9 August you must follow stay at home restrictions. You must follow these restrictions until 14 days have passed since you were last in the Australian Capital Territory.

After 1am 14 August the Australian Capital Territory will be a COVID-19 hotspot. Anyone who has been to a hotspot in the last 14 days or since their identified start date (whichever is shorter) will not be allowed to enter Queensland, unless they are a Queensland resident or are allowed to enter for a limited range of essential purposes.  Anyone allowed to enter will need to complete 14 days mandatory quarantine.

Ballina Shire

If you have been here in the last 14 days or since 12.01am AEST 12 August 2021 (whichever is later) you must follow stay at home restrictions.

Brewarrina Shire

If you have been here in the last 14 days or since 12.01am AEST 12 August 2021 (whichever is later) you must follow stay at home restrictions.

Bourke Shire

If you have been here in the last 14 days or since 12.01am AEST 12 August 2021 (whichever is later) you must follow stay at home restrictions.

Byron Shire

If you have been here in the last 14 days or since 12.01am AEST 12 August 2021 (whichever is later) you must follow stay at home restrictions.

Richmond Valley

If you have been here in the last 14 days or since 12.01am AEST 12 August 2021(whichever is later) you must follow stay at home restrictions.

Walgett Shire

If you have been here in the last 14 days or since 12.01am AEST 12 August 2021 (whichever is later) you must follow stay at home restrictions.

This means  you can only leave your home or accommodation:

  • to attend essential work that cannot be performed from home.
  • to get essential goods or services – such as groceries, pet food, medical or necessary supplies
  • for medical or health care, including fulfilling carer responsibilities
  • if you have COVID-19 symptoms, to get a COVID-19 test
  • for an end of life visit if an exemption has been granted by the Chief Health Officer and allowed by the facility you are attending
  • 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 exercise outdoors alone or with someone from your household – this means you cannot attend bootcamps, running events or any other type of group exercise
  • to get a vaccine if you are booked in and have no symptoms
  • to leave Queensland by air by the most direct route without stopping.

If you need to leave your place of residence for any other reason you will need to apply for an exemption. You can apply for an exemption via the exemptions portal.

You must wear a face mask (unless you have a lawful reason not to) if leaving your house for a permitted purpose.

You must also continue to monitor the list of interstate exposure venues until 14 days have passed since you were in New South Wales. If you have been to an interstate exposure venue you must comply with the requirements outlined in the Interstate Exposure Venues Direction.

Once 14 days have passed since you were in the place of concern you do not need to follow the stay at home requirements.

You must provide information, including photo identification, to an emergency officer if requested.

Transiting through an interstate place of concern

You are not required to follow stay at home requirements if you have transited through an interstate place of concern by:

  • air and did not leave the confines of the airport
  • road using private transport and only stopped for essential fuel and to manage fatigue.

For full details, read the Interstate Places of Concern (Stay at home in Queensland) Direction (No. 4).

Map of places of concern

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Questions and answers about interstate places of concern

Questions about places of concern

Which areas are currently places of concern?/ How do I know what the identified start date is for a place of concern?

Current places of concern and their identified start dates are:

Place

Identified start date

The Australian Capital Territory

If you have been in the Australian Capital Territory in the last 14 days or since 1am AEST 9 August 2021 (whichever is later) and you enter Queensland between 5pm AEST 12 August 2021 and 1am AEST 14 August 2021 you must follow stay at home restrictions until 14 days have passed since you were last in the Australian Capital Territory.

If you arrived in Queensland before 5pm AEST 12 August 2021 and have been in the Australian Capital Territory since 1am AEST 9 August you must follow stay at home restrictions. You must follow these restrictions until 14 days have passed since you were last in the Australian Capital Territory.

After 1am 14 August the Australian Capital Territory will be a COVID-19 hotspot. Anyone who has been to a hotspot in the last 14 days or since their identified start date (whichever is shorter) will not be allowed to enter Queensland, unless they are a Queensland resident or are allowed to enter for a limited range of essential purposes. Anyone allowed to enter will need to complete 14 days mandatory quarantine.

Ballina Shire

If you have been here in the last 14 days or since 12.01am AEST 12 August 2021 (whichever is later) you must follow stay at home restrictions.

Brewarrina Shire

If you have been here in the last 14 days or since 12.01am AEST 12 August 2021 (whichever is later) you must follow stay at home restrictions.

Bourke Shire

If you have been here in the last 14 days or since 12.01am AEST 12 August 2021 (whichever is later) you must follow stay at home restrictions.

Byron Shire

If you have been here in the last 14 days or since 12.01am AEST 12 August 2021 (whichever is later) you must follow stay at home restrictions.

Richmond Valley

If you have been here in the last 14 days or since 12.01am AEST 12 August 2021(whichever is later) you must follow stay at home restrictions.

Walgett Shire

If you have been here in the last 14 days or since 12.01am AEST 12 August 2021 (whichever is later) you must follow stay at home restrictions.

Why do I have to stay at my residence if I’m already in Queensland?

This is to help protect the lives and livelihoods of Queenslanders. These restrictions are an important measure in managing our response to the recent cases interstate. The requirements to stay home apply to anyone in Queensland who has been in a place of concern in the last 14 days, or since the identified start date, (whichever is later).

What if it has been more than 14 days since I have been in a place of concern?

If 14 days have passed since you were last in a place of concern, you can leave your home for any reason as long as you have not been to an interstate exposure venue. You no longer need to follow the stay at home rules. If you develop any COVID-19 symptoms, get tested.

Do I have to stay at my residence if I transited through a place of concern airport?

No. If you were in a place of concern for the sole purpose of transiting through the airport, and did not leave the confines of the airport, you will not be required to stay home.

14 days have passed since I was last in a place of concern. Do I need to keep following the stay-at-home rules?

No. Once 14 days have passed since you were last in a place of concern, you do not have to follow the stay at home rules.

Someone in my home has been to a place of concern since the identified time and date. Do I also need to follow stay at home requirements?

No, you do not need to follow stay at home requirements.

If you develop any COVID-19 symptoms at any time, call your doctor who will tell you how to get a test for COVID-19.

Do I need to stay at my residence if I transited through a place of concern?

No if you:

  • were in a place of concern for the sole purpose of transiting through an airport and didn’t leave the airport
  • transited through a place of concern by road using private transport stopping only for essential fuel, supplies and to manage driver fatigue, when stopping and did not stay overnight in a place of concern
  • transited through a place of concern by road using private transport to enter an airport and fly to Queensland. For example, if you drove to an airport carpark and then took private transport to the airport.

You won't be required to follow the stay at home requirements if you have only been in a place of concern in one of these situations.

What is essential work?

Essential work includes work that is urgently required for:

  • safety reasons
  • emergency repairs
  • and necessary to maintain essential services and supplies to the community, or part of the community.

It includes work performed by:

  • a medical practitioner or other prescribed health practitioner,
  • an emergency health services or emergency services worker
  • national defence, state security or police worker
  • a freight or logistics operator
  • an emergency infrastructure worker
  • air crew or maritime crew
  • an emergency volunteer
  • a disaster management worker
  • a critical infrastructure worker
  • a tradesperson or construction worker for essential or emergency construction or repairs only
  • an emergency volunteer, volunteering for any community or government welfare, social, safety, emergency or disaster service.

Essential workers do not include:

  • teachers
  • anyone who can perform their work remotely, at home
  • childcare workers
  • hospitality workers
  • sales representatives
  • commercial construction workers on non-critical projects.

Questions about testing

Do I have to get a COVID-19 test if I have been to a place of concern since the identified time and date?

You do not have to get a test for COVID-19 or have a negative test result to leave your residence for a permitted purpose unless you develop symptoms.

If you develop any COVID-19 symptoms, get tested.

Where can I get tested?

To find your closest COVID-19 testing location, view our map, contact your local hospital or call 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84).

If I have tested negative for COVID-19 can I stop following lockdown rules?

No. If you have been in a place of concern in the last 14 days, or since the identified start date, (whichever is later) and have received a negative COVID-19 test, you must stay home (except if leaving for a permitted purpose) until the relevant State Government authority lockdown ends or until 14 days have passed since you were in a place of concern, whichever is earlier.

Questions about home confinement

What happens if I develop symptoms during the relevant lockdown period?

If you develop any COVID-19 symptoms at any time, call your doctor who will tell you how to get a test for COVID-19.

If you are having serious symptoms, call Triple zero (000) straight away. Symptoms include shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chest pressure or pain. Tell the ambulance staff that you have been in a place of concern and may have COVID-19.

If you need to travel to get to your doctor, hospital or testing site, travel alone and use personal transport where possible. 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-mentioned precautions.

When you arrive at your doctor, hospital or other testing location, tell the healthcare professionals that you are in quarantine and have developed symptoms.

If you test positive you will need to go into isolation. Anyone who has been in your household is a close contact and must then go into quarantine.

Even if you test negative, you must stay at your residence until the end of the relevant state or territory lockdown.

What is a place of residence/principal place of residence?

For Queensland residents, your place of residence is where you normally live. This could include:

  • a house
  • an apartment, townhouse, villa, terrace house, row house or unit
  • a manufactured home
  • a caravan
  • shed, pool house, carport or granny flat.

If you are temporarily residing in Queensland, your residence is where you are currently residing. For example, this could include your family relative’s home or holiday accommodation.

When am I allowed to leave my residence?/ What is a permitted purpose?

#permitted

You can only leave your residence (which includes temporary accommodation such as a holiday rental) to:

  • attend essential work that cannot be performed from home,
  • to get essential goods or services – such as groceries, pet food, medical or necessary supplies, if you can’t have them delivered to you
  • for medical or health care, including fulfilling carer responsibilities
  • if you have COVID-19 symptoms, to get a COVID-19 test
  • for an end of life visit if an exemption has been granted by the Chief Health Officer and allowed by the facility you are attending
  • 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 exercise outdoors alone or with someone from your household – this means you cannot attend bootcamps, running events or any other type of group exercise
  • to get a vaccine if you are booked in and have no symptoms
  • to leave Queensland by air to return to New South Wales by the most direct route without stopping.

Can I leave my residence for an end of life visit at a facility?

To leave your residence for an end of life visit at a facility you must:

  • be granted an exemption by the Chief Health Officer and comply with all conditions under the exemption; and
  • have permission from the facility you are attending.

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

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

To apply for an exemption for an end of life visit, complete the form online using the COVID-19 Services Portal. Call 134 COVID (13 42 68) if you need help making your application.

Can I leave Queensland to go to another state or territory?

If you have been in a place of concern since the identified time and date in the last 14 days and have not been:

you may leave Queensland by air to return to another state or territory.

I have booked short term accommodation that finishes up during the lockdown – what are my options?

If you are temporarily staying in Queensland in short-term or holiday accommodation when your booking expires, you may leave your accommodation to return to:

  • your place of residence, or
  • other accommodation, or
  • travel by the most direct route by air to a place outside of Queensland.

If I have been in a place of concern, and am currently camping (tent or caravan etc) in Queensland, am I required to return to my place of residence?

No. You can remain at your campsite as long as all lockdown restrictions are followed. You can use shared facilities and amenities as long as you follow all health advice, including physical distancing and hand hygiene.

Can I go to work or a place of education if I have been in a place of concern?

You can leave home for essential work that cannot be done from home. You cannot leave home for school, university or education.

Questions about visitors

If I have been in a place of concern can I have visitors during the lockdown period?

Yes, but you can only have two visitors per day if you have been in a place of concern since the identified time and date. This requirement is in place for the duration of the relevant state or territory lockdown or until 14 days have passed since you left a place of concern, whichever is shorter.

Can I have people come to my home to help complete repairs?

Yes. You can have people enter your home to complete emergency work, such as plumbing or electrical work. You must postpone any non-emergency repairs to your home.

Can home care and essential services like nurses still visit me while I'm quarantining?

Home care workers and other providers of essential services are exempt from restrictions. These visits should continue as normal, while practicing good hygiene and physical distancing

Can I meet up with someone outside of my home?

You can only leave your residence for a permitted purpose with members of your household.

Who is a member of my household?

Members of your household are the people who ordinarily reside in your home.

Questions about face masks

When do I have to wear a face mask?/ When can I remove my face mask?

If you have been in a place of concern in the last 14 days, or since the identified start date, (whichever is later), you must wear a face mask at all times when you leave home, unless you have a lawful reason not to. You must wear a mask in both indoor and outdoor spaces

Masks do not need to be worn in some circumstances, including children under 12 years and where people have certain medical conditions.

Are children exempt from wearing a mask?

Children under 12 years are exempt from wearing a mask.

If I am an inpatient at a hospital, do I have to wear a mask?

This will be determined by your treating hospital.

I receive care at my own home, do I have to wear a mask?

You are not required to wear a mask when inside your home. However, the carer or healthcare worker providing care must wear a mask.

Who doesn’t have to wear a mask?

#exceptions

Face masks do not have to be worn by:

  • infants and children under the age of 12
  • anyone who has a medical condition or disability that may be made worse by wearing a mask, including problems with their breathing, a serious skin condition on their face, a mental health condition or experienced trauma
  • anyone who is communicating with those who are deaf or hard of hearing, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication
  • anyone who is consuming food, drink or medicine
  • anyone who is undergoing medical care or treatment to the extent that such care or treatment requires that no face mask be worn
  • anyone who is asked to remove the face mask to ascertain identity
  • anyone who is required or authorised by law not to wear a mask.

You do not have to where a face mask when:

  • doing so is not safe in all the circumstances
  • during an emergency.

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.

If a service provider, school or employer requires you to wear a mask when an exception applies, this may amount to unlawful discrimination.

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

I don’t have a mask/I can’t buy a mask. Will I be fined if I don’t wear one when I need to go get food/medication/help?

You must wear a mask when leaving your home if you have been in a place of concern since the identified time and date.

Compliance measures will be in place.

You can purchase masks from pharmacies and other stores. You can also make your own mask, find out more.

The penalty for not wearing a mask is $206.

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.

If a service provider, asks for a medical certificate to confirm you have a lawful medical reason for not wearing a mask before entering their premises, this may amount to unlawful discrimination.

Whether it is lawful will depend on whether asking you to provide the medical certificate is reasonably necessary to protect the health and safety of other people, such as other customers or employees.

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

What sort of mask can I wear?

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 paper or cloth masks are fine to use. The most effective cloth masks are made up of at least 3 layers.

A scarf, snood, face shield or piece of fabric is not an acceptable mask.

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

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.

I wear traditional or religious garments that cover my head or face, do I have to wear a mask?

Yes.

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, so it is fitted to your face.

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
  • you can also use micropore tape (available at all 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 and your glasses on top.

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.

Where can I find out more information about face masks?

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

Questions about the COVID-19 vaccine

I have been in a place of concern, but I have received my COVID-19 vaccine. Do I need to comply with the lockdown rules?

Yes. Anyone who is in Queensland and who has been in a place of concern in the last 14 days, or since the identified start date, (whichever is later) must comply with the stay at home rules until 14 days have passed since they were in a place of concern.

Can I still receive my vaccination during the lockdown?

Yes. If you have a scheduled vaccination and have no COVID-19 symptoms you can attend your COVID-19 vaccination appointment

If I have COVID-19 symptoms, following my COVID-19 vaccination, can I leave my home to get tested?

Some side effects from COVID-19 vaccination might be similar to symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g. fever). The COVID-19 vaccines do not contain any live virus and cannot cause COVID-19.

You do not need to get a COVID-19 test or isolate if you:

  • develop general symptoms like a fever, headache or tiredness in the first two days after vaccination.
  • do not have any respiratory symptoms like a runny nose, cough, sore throat, loss of smell or loss of taste.

If you experience COVID-19 symptoms after the first two days following either you first or second dose, you can leave your place of residence during the lockdown to undertake a COVID-19 test. If you are not sure what to do, call your doctor or nearest testing clinic.

Questions about exemptions

Can I apply for an exemption from a requirement under the Direction?

The Chief Health Officer may give a person or a group of people an exemption from the Places of Concern Direction if there are exceptional circumstances.

Questions about penalties

Are there penalties if I don’t comply?

Yes. If you don’t comply you may be given an on-the-spot fine of up to $1,378 for individuals and $6,892 for corporations, a court-imposed penalty of up to $13,785 or 6 months' imprisonment.

The penalty for not wearing a mask is $206.

Are these rules mandatory?

Yes. A whole of government approach exists for this pandemic and Queensland Police Service is responsible for compliance.

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

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