Restrictions for Locked Down Areas – Cairns and Yarrabah
What’s changed from 8 August 2021
- The Cairns and Yarrabah Local Government Areas (LGAs) will be placed into lockdown until 4pm Wednesday 11 August.
- Additional requirements exist for people leaving a locked down area to work at a hospital, aged care facility or disability accommodation service.
- Alternate childcare arrangements can continue.
- All shared parenting, child contact and sibling contact arrangements can occur.
- You should work from home where possible.
To protect the health of Queenslanders, from 4pm AEST Sunday 8 August 2021 to 4pm AEST Wednesday 11 August 2021, the Cairns and Yarrabah LGAs will be subject to new restrictions.
Anyone who has been in the Cairns and Yarrabah LGAs since 4pm AEST 8 August 2021, must follow the all restrictions listed below. These restrictions must be followed until the end of the lockdown period or until 14 days have passed since those people were in the locked down area (whichever is shorter).
Movement and gathering
You can only leave your home (including temporary accommodation such as a holiday rental) for essential purposes:
- get essential goods or services, including healthcare
- exercise within a 10 km radius of your home with one other person or members of your household
- attend essential work or volunteering – if you can work from home, you should work from home
- attend school or childcare - school and childcare is only open for children of essential workers or vulnerable children
- provide assistance, care or support to a vulnerable person or family member or visit a terminally ill relative
- to visit another household noting only 2 visitors per day are allowed to visit homes in locked down areas. You may visit a residence to provide childcare as part of an alternate childcare arrangement
- provide childcare as part of an alternate childcare arrangement
- get a COVID-19 test or vaccination
- fulfil an obligation relating to shared parenting, child contact or contact between siblings
- in an emergency situation
- for safety reasons (to avoid injury or illness, or to escape a risk of harm, including domestic violence)
- as directed by an emergency officer
- to follow an exemption you have been granted by the Chief Health Officer
- attend any court or tribunal of Australia or comply with or give effect to orders of the court or tribunal
- assist with or participate in an investigation or other action by a law enforcement authority, whether voluntarily or not.
You should stay within 10km of your home whenever possible. You can go further than 10km for an essential purpose, but you must stay within the locked down area unless an exception applies. You cannot travel further than 10 km for exercise.
You must wear a face mask when leaving your home, if you cannot wear a face mask please do not leave your residence.
You are only allowed a maximum of 2 visitors in your home per day.
Funerals and weddings
Funeral services and wedding ceremonies can have up to 20 people including the celebrant and two witnesses for weddings and including the person conducting the service for funerals. You cannot travel outside of or into a locked down area for a wedding or funeral.
Travel to/from a locked down area
You can return to your home outside of a locked down area, but you must follow the same lockdown rules when you return home. All members of your household must also follow the lockdown rules.
If you live outside of a locked down area, you can enter a locked down area for any of the essential purposes, but not for shopping or exercise. If you enter a locked down area you must follow the locked down rules when you are in a locked down area and when you leave the locked down area.
Transiting through a locked down area
You can also transit through a locked down area without stopping.
You must carry a face mask if you:
- are in a locked down area, or
- have been in a Cairns or Yarrabah locked down area at any time since 4pm on 8 August, unless 14 days have passed since you were there; or
- reside in the same household as a person who has been in a Cairns or Yarrabah at any time from 4pm AEST 8 August 2021 until 14 days have passed since those people were in the locked down area (whichever is shorter).
You must wear a face mask at all times when you are outside your home, including on public transport and when doing non-vigorous exercise unless:
- you are alone or with the members of your household
- you are alone in your car or with the members of your household
- you are eating or drinking
- you are participating in strenuous exercise
- it is unsafe to wear a mask.
You must wear a face mask at all times when you indoors, including workplaces, even when social distancing is possible, unless:
- you are at your residence and there is no one else there except people you live with
- you are eating or drinking
- you are alone in an office or other room in the workplace with the door closed
- it is unsafe to wear a mask
If you are an essential worker and you cannot wear a face mask due to a medical condition, you are strongly encouraged to stay at home and not go into your workplace, unless you are fully vaccinated.
Remember, if you can work from home, you should work from home.
Masks in schools and childcare facilities
Schools and childcare facilities in the Cairns and Yarrabah LGAs are only open for children of essential workers and vulnerable children.
- High schools – masks must be worn by teachers, staff and students
- Prep to Year 12 schools – masks must be worn by teachers, staff and students in grade 7 and above (even if the student is under 12 years of age)
- Primary schools – masks must be worn by teachers and staff
There are some other exceptions to wearing face masks, including for children under 12 (unless they are at school in Grade 7) and people with particular medical conditions or disabilities.
If in doubt, wear a face mask. You must wear a face mask when leaving your home, if you cannot wear a face mask please do not leave your residence.
Businesses and events
The following businesses and activities in the locked down areas must close during the lockdown period unless an exception applies:
- Retail food services including pubs, restaurants, cafes and fast food outlets except for takeaway and home delivery services
- Entertainment facilities such as theatres, cinemas, music halls and concert halls
- Face-to-face learning at universities, TAFEs or other higher education settings.
- Major sports stadiums convention centres and showgrounds
- Indoor and outdoor events such as marathons, cultural festivals, fetes, expos
- Theme parks, outdoor amusement parks, tourism experiences and arcades
- Zoos, aquariums and wildlife centres, except to provide maintenance and care for animals
- Amusement centres such as places to play billiards, pool, pinball machines or video games
- Gyms, health clubs, fitness centres, yoga, barre, spin facilities and dance studios
- Indoor and outdoor sporting centres and venues including netball, golf, tennis and lawn bowls
- Public playgrounds, skateparks, BMX tracks and outside gyms including static exercise equipment in Council parks
- Public barbeques such as barbeques in public spaces or shared facilities
- Places of public worship, except for weddings and funerals in line with the person limits. Religious ceremonies may be livestreamed.
- Spas, nail salons, hairdressers, beauty salons, waxing salons, tanning salons, tattoo parlours, non-therapeutic massage and water-based spa services
- Massage parlours unless providing massage therapy for the management or prevention of disease, injury or condition by a registered health practitioner or qualified massage therapist
- Auction houses
- Betting agencies and gaming lounges
- Casinos, gaming or gambling venues, including wagering outlets that are accessible by members of the public
- Markets, except for food and farmers markets only selling food
- Galleries, museums and libraries
- Community facilities, such as community halls excluding the provision of hosting essential voluntary or public services such as foodbanks and homeless services
- Sex on premises services, sex services premises and strip clubs
- Public swimming pools (apartment/body corporate complex pools can stay open if they are only used by permanent residents)
Commercial construction can continue at unoccupied premises. Where construction is on an occupied premises, essential/ emergency construction can continue however interactions between workers and residents, staff or visitors to the workplace should be kept to a minimum.
Restrictions for South-East Queensland
- All indoor settings: one person per 4 square metres, or 50 per cent capacity with ticketed and allocated seating
- Stadiums can operate with 50 per cent capacity. Spectators attending stadium events will need to wear a mask at all times, except for when eating or drinking.
- Private gatherings indoors: limited to a maximum of 10 people
- Indoor wedding ceremonies and funerals: limited to a maximum of 20 people
Restrictions for the rest of Queensland
- All indoor settings: one person per 2 square metres, or 100 per cent capacity with ticketed and allocated seating
- Stadiums with a capacity of 20,000 people or more are allowed 100% capacity with ticketed and allocated seating. Spectators attending stadium events will need to wear a mask at all times, except for when eating or drinking.
- Private gatherings indoors: limited to a maximum of 100 people
- Indoor wedding ceremonies and funerals: 1 person per 2 square metres or 200 people or 100 per cent capacity with ticketed and allocated seating (whichever is greater).
For more information about restrictions for the rest of Queensland see Movement and Gathering Direction, Restrictions on businesses, activities and undertakings Direction , and Mandatory face masks Direction.