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Restrictions for Locked Down Areas – South East Queensland

Restrictions for Locked Down Areas (South-East Queensland) Direction (No. 4)

What’s changed from 4 August 2021

  • The South East Queensland lockdown has been extended to 4pm Sunday 8 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 (not just court determined).
  • You can go to your workplace or school to pick up the necessary equipment (e.g. a laptop) to be able to work from home– if you can work from home, you must work from home.
  • Clarify what essential retail includes.
  • Clarify what essential construction/ repairs includes.
  • Clarify who is counted in the 10 people allowed to attend a wedding or funeral.

Overview

To protect the health of Queenslanders, from 4pm AEST Saturday 31 July 2021 to 4pm AEST Sunday 8 August 2021, areas in South East Queensland, will be subject to new restrictions. This includes:

  • City of Brisbane
  • City of Gold Coast
  • City of Ipswich
  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council
  • Logan City
  • Moreton Bay Region
  • Noosa Shire Council
  • Redland City
  • Scenic Rim Regional Council
  • Somerset Regional Council
  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Anyone who has been in these areas on or since 1am AEST 31 July, including members of their household, 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).

Please stay at home during lockdown

Movement and gathering

Leave home

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 must 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
  • 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)
  • 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.

Funerals and weddings

Funeral services and wedding ceremonies can have up to 10 people including the celebrant and two witnesses for weddings and including the person conducting the service for funerals. Wakes and receptions must be postponed until after lockdown. You cannot travel outside of or into a locked down are a 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.

Face masks

You must carry a face mask if you:

  • are in a locked down area, or
  • have been in a locked down area at any time since 1am AEST 29 June, unless 14 days have passed since you were there; or
  • reside in the same household as a person who has been in a locked down area at any time from 1am AEST 31 July 2021 until 14 days have passed since those people were in the locked down area (whichever is shorter).

Outdoors

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 in your car or with the members of your household
  • you are alone in an office with the door closed
  • you are eating or drinking
  • you are participating in strenuous exercise
  • it is unsafe to wear a mask.

Indoors

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
  • 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 must work from home.

Masks in schools and childcare facilities

Schools are and childcare facilities 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

Exceptions

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
  • Hairdressers
  • 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)
  • Nightclubs

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 Locked Down Areas (South-East Queensland) Direction (No. 4)

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 will be required to reduce capacity to 75 per cent. 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.

Map of impacted Local Government Areas (LGAs) included in South East Queensland

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Questions and answers about this Direction

Questions about LGAs in Queensland

How do I know what Local Government Areas are locked down?

From 4pm AEST 31 July 2021, 11 local government areas in South East Queensland will be subject to new restrictions outlined in the Restrictions for Locked Down Areas (South-East Queensland) Direction. These areas will be referred to as locked down areas. This includes:

  • City of Brisbane
  • City of Ipswich
  • Logan City
  • Moreton Bay Region
  • Redland City
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Gold Coast City
  • Noosa Shire
  • Somerset Region
  • Lockyer Valley Region
  • Scenic Rim Region

Anyone who has been in these areas on or since 1am AEST 31 July, including members of their household, must follow the all lockdown restrictions. 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).

When will the restrictions be lifted for the locked down areas in South East Queensland?

The current lockdown restrictions for South East Queensland are in place until 4pm AEST Sunday 8 August 2021. Restrictions will be reviewed on 8 August. For more information see the Roadmap to easing restrictions.

Questions about locked down areas

When am I allowed to leave my residence? What is a permitted purpose? Can I leave a locked down area?

#allowedtoleave

If you are in a locked down area or have been in a locked down area since 1am 31 July, you must follow the lockdown restrictions. Household members of anyone who has been in a locked down area since 1am 31 July must also follow the lockdown restrictions. This means you can only leave your home for essential purposes:

You can only leave your home (including temporary accommodation such as a holiday rental) for essential purposes:

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.

Funerals and weddings

Funeral services and wedding ceremonies can have up to 10 people including the celebrant and two witnesses for weddings and including the person conducting the service for funerals. Wakes and receptions must be postponed until after lockdown. 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.

If I live in a locked down area but work outside of a locked down area can I still go to work?

#livelockeddownworkout

Yes, if you live in a locked down area but work outside of a locked down area you can go to work, if your work is essential and you cannot work from home. Special rules apply for people working at a hospital, aged care facility or disability accommodation service.

You must wear a mask while at your workplace and return to your residence after you have completed your shift to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. If you cannot wear a mask because of a medical condition, you should not attend your workplace unless you are fully vaccinated.

For example, if you live in Noosa but work as a pharmacist in Gympie you can continue to go to work. You must wear a mask when outside of your residence including at work unless an exception applies.

We recommend talking to your employer who may have specific policies in place to manage their risk.

If I have been in a locked down area on or since 1am AEST 31 July 2021 and have gone back to my home outside a locked down area, do I still need to follow the lockdown requirements?

Yes. Anyone who has been in a locked down area on or since 1am AEST 31 July, including members of their household, must follow all lockdown restrictions. 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). This means only leaving your home for a permitted purpose and wearing a mask when doing so.

What is an alternate childcare arrangement?/ Can grandparents or friends provide childcare support? Can grandparents help with childcare?

#whatisalternatechildcare

An alternate childcare arrangement is an arrangement that you have in place,  with a nominated carer, family member or trusted friend to provide childcare for your children (casually or regularly). This care can be provided at your home or the carer’s home.

Grandparents or trusted friends, aged over 60 years of age, who provide care for children should have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Carers over the age of 60 should wear a face mask while providing care. Children over the age of 12 should wear a face mask while in care.

Where can child contact arrangements take place?

Child contact arrangements should occur online or be postponed during lockdown where possible. Where face-to face contact needs to occur, it should occur in a home environment.

Can I travel through locked down areas without stopping? If so, can I catch public transport or does it have to be in a car? Does car only include my own vehicle, or can it be a rideshare or taxi etc?

#transitthrough

You can travel through locked down areas to get from one destination to another, but you must do so without stopping. You  must travel in a private vehicle, such as your own car, a rideshare or taxi. You must not transit through the locked down areas by any other mode of transport – i.e. public transport or a shuttle service.

Can I leave a locked down area to return home, or do I need to stay for the duration of the lockdown?

You can leave the locked down area to return home during the lockdown period. However, you must follow the lockdown restrictions when you return home.

Household members of anyone who has been in a locked down area since 1am 31 July must also follow the lockdown restrictions if you return home to be with them. This means you and your household members will only be able to leave your home for a permitted purpose and must wear a mask when doing so, even if you are no longer in a locked down area.

I live outside a locked down area can I enter a locked down area?/ Can I come into a locked down area from outside? If I do, can I leave again?

You can enter a locked down area from outside a locked down area to:

  • return to your primary place of residence
  • get healthcare
  • attend essential work– if you can work from home, you must work from home
  • volunteer for community or government welfare, social safety, emergency or disaster service
  • attend school or childcare 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
  • provide childcare as part of an alternate childcare arrangement
  • get a COVID-19 test or vaccination
  • fulfil an obligation relating to a 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)
  • 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 cannot enter a locked down area from outside a locked down area to:

  • get food, essential goods or services
  • exercise
  • volunteer in a role other than community or government welfare, social safety, emergency or disaster service
  • visit friends
  • attend a wedding or a funeral

If you enter a locked down area, you must abide by all restrictions for the period of the lockdown. You can return to your home outside of locked down area but you must continue to abide by the lockdown restrictions when you return home. Household members of anyone who has been in a locked down area since 1am 31 July must also follow the lockdown restrictions. This means you and your household can only leave your residence for a permitted purpose and must wear a mask when doing so.

I have child custody arrangements in/out of the lockdown area, can I visit/travel with my child or to get my child?/ I am meant to have custody of my child during the lockdown, is this still allowed?

#childcustodyarrangements

For children under 18 who do not live in the same household as their parents or one of their parents – leaving a place of residence or entering a locked down area is allowed to continue existing arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children – this includes court sanctioned arrangements and informal arrangements . This contact should not include people who are vulnerable to COVID-19, for example someone aged over 70, unless they have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

You must abide by the lockdown restrictions in the locked down area and if you leave a locked down area you must continue to abide by the lockdown restrictions.

Who is a vulnerable dependant? Can I continue to care for a vulnerable dependant?

A vulnerable dependant is a person that you provided regular care and support to before the lockdown period. It may be a family member, friend or other person you regularly help with tasks such as cleaning, shopping or meal preparation. You can enter and leave a lockdown area, to continue this support.

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

If you are temporarily staying in a locked down area in short-term or holiday accommodation when your booking expires, you can leave your accommodation to return to:

  • your place of residence, or
  • other accommodation.

If you leave the locked down area during the lockdown period, you must continue to abide by the lockdown restrictions when you return home. This means only leaving your residence for a permitted purpose and wearing a mask when doing so.

I live on the border of a locked down area, can I cross to get groceries/exercise etc?

The locked down areas encompass 11 Local Government Areas in South East Queensland.  To limit the spread of the virus, you can only enter or leave a locked down area for a permitted purpose. Residents in locked down areas must stay at home and limit their travel. Shopping and exercise are not permitted purposes to enter or leave a locked down area.

Can I leave a locked down area and shop or travel and stay elsewhere?

To limit the spread of the virus, residents in locked down areas must stay at home. Shopping and travel are not permitted purposes to enter or leave a locked down area.

Can I leave my home to dispose of waste at disposal facility?

Yes. If you do not have access to council rubbish trucks you can leave your home to dispose of your waste yourself at waste disposal facilities.

You should however delay annual clean ups or tidying up trips to the tip until after lockdown.

Can I leave a locked down area?

You can only leave a locked down area to:

  • return to your primary place of residence
  • get healthcare
  • attend essential work– if you can work from home, you must work from home
  • volunteer for community or government welfare, social safety, emergency or disaster service
  • attend school or childcare 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
  • provide childcare as part of an alternate childcare arrangement
  • get a COVID-19 test or vaccination
  • fulfil an obligation relating to a 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)
  • 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 cannot leave a locked down to:

  • get essential goods or services
  • exercise
  • volunteer excluding for community or government welfare, social safety, emergency or disaster service
  • visit friends
  • attend a wedding or a funeral

You should stay within 10km of your home whenever possible, but you can go further for an essential purpose, but you must stay within the locked down area, except for essential work. 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.

If I fly into an airport in a locked down area can I transit through without needing to follow the lockdown rules?

Yes. You must either stay within the confines of the airport until your next flight out of the locked down area or leave the airport in a private vehicle and drive straight out of the locked down area without stopping. You must wear a face mask while transiting through the locked down area. You cannot use an airport shuttle service or public transport with other arrivals.

I have been in an airport in a locked down area since 1 am AEST 31 July 2021, do I still need to stay at home?

No. If you remained in the airport, for example when transferring between flights, and did not enter the broader community do not need to follow the lockdown rules.

Questions about home confinement

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 relative’s home or holiday accommodation.

If you have been in any of the 11 local government areas identified since 1am 31 July 2021, your current principal place of residence may be holiday accommodation or your residence in another state or territory.

Who is considered a household member?

Household members include anyone that lives with you, for example family members (including children, house mates, people staying with you temporarily). Household members of anyone who has been in a locked down area since 1am 31 July must also follow the lockdown restrictions.

If I normally live outside of the locked down areas but am currently camping (tent or caravan etc) in a locked down area, can I stay as long as I abide by restrictions?

Yes. All persons in any one of the 11 local government areas identified from 1am 31 July 2021 can remain in the area until lockdown ends so long as they abide by all the restrictions. If you are using shared facilities, you will need to wear a mask and comply with number restrictions for people in common areas.

Questions about movement and gathering

Is there a restriction on events such as birthday parties?

If you are in a locked down area you are only allowed to leave your home for permitted purposes. You cannot host a birthday party.

Can I move houses during the lockdown period? Can I move houses into/outside the lockdown area?

Yes. You may move to a new residence during the lockdown period. If you move into a locked down area, you must comply with the lockdown restrictions. This means only leaving your residence for a permitted purpose such as work, essential shopping and exercise and wearing a mask when out of your home.

If you leave a locked down area to move to a house located outside the locked down area, you must continue to observe the same lockdown rules such as only leaving the home for permitted purposes and wearing a mask when you leave your residence until the lockdown is over. Household members of anyone who has been in a locked down area since 1am 31 July must also follow the lockdown restrictions.

I’m a resident of a locked down area and I’m holidaying in another part of Queensland, can I return home or must I remain in quarantine where I am until the lockdown ends?

Yes. You can transit back to your home in any one of the 11 local government areas identified at any time during the lockdown period. When you return home you must comply with the lockdown restrictions.

Can I play golf/tennis?

All indoor and outdoor sports and exercise venues in a lockdown area are closed. This means sports such as netball, golf, tennis, lawn bowls and other sporting activities which involve use of indoor or outdoor facilities are not allowed, even if they are within 10km of your home. Similarly, no exercise or sports is permitted at commercial premises during lockdown, this includes group or individual personal training.

You may exercise outdoors (not recreational boating) within a 10km radius of your home and with no more than one person from outside your household if you are in a lockdown area.

Can I go fishing for food?

You should only fish if it is necessary for essential food and can do so within a 10km radius from your home. Recreational boating is not permitted during lockdown.

Are there any limits to how far I can travel?

If you are in a locked down area, you must stay home wherever possible and only leave your home for essential purposes. You should stay within 10km of your home if possible but you can go further where it is not possible for a permitted purpose. Exercise must occur within 10km of your home. You can only leave a locked down area for one of the permitted purposes and should only travel as far as is necessary for that purpose.

How many people can gather in outdoor areas, like a park? Can I meet up with someone outside of my home?

If you are in a locked down area, you must stay home wherever possible and only leave your home for an essential reason. You are not permitted to have visitors to your home or surrounds at this time, unless it is to provide care to vulnerable persons. If you are meeting to exercise, you can meet with one person who is not from your household.

How many visitors can I have at my house at any one time? What if I already have people staying with me?

If you are in a locked down area, you cannot have any visitors in your home. People who are already staying with you when the locked down period starts are considered members of your household for the duration of the lock down.

You can have someone come to your home for an alternate childcare arrangement.

How many people can I have at a wedding ceremony? Where can I get married?/ What are the rules for weddings during lockdown?

If you are in a locked down area, wedding ceremonies may have a maximum of 10 people including the celebrant and two witnesses. The 10 people includes anyone on the premises where the wedding ceremony is taking place, for example the venue manager. Live streaming of a wedding ceremony can occur, but the people needed to stream the wedding will be included in the 10 people allowed to attend.

If you live in any of the 11 locked down Local Government Areas (LGAs) you can only go to a wedding ceremony within one of those 11 locked down LGAs. You cannot go to a wedding outside the 11 locked down LGAs. If you live outside of the 11 locked down Local Government areas you cannot enter a locked down area to attend a wedding.

Receptions must be postponed until after lockdown.

Restricted businesses can open for a permitted purpose, such as a wedding ceremony. Also a wedding ceremony in an outdoor area such as beach or park is permitted, although any usual Local Government or site approvals must be sought.

Everyone at the wedding ceremony must wear a mask except the couple getting married.

A record of names and contact details of each guest must be kept for at least 30 days and no more than 56 days to assist in contact tracing if required.

It is important if you are unwell, that you do not go to a wedding.

How many people can I have at a funeral service? /What are the rules for funerals during lockdown?

If you are in a locked down area, funeral services can have a maximum of 10 people including the  people running the service. The 10 people includes anyone on the premises where the funeral service is taking place, for example the venue manager. Live streaming of a wedding ceremony can occur, but the people needed to stream the wedding will be included in the 10 people allowed to attend.

If you live in any of the 11 locked down Local Government Areas (LGAs) you can only go to a funeral service within one of those 11 locked down LGAs. You cannot go to a funeral outside the 11 locked down LGAs. If you live outside of the 11 locked down Local Government areas you cannot enter a locked down area to attend a funeral.

Receptions must be postponed until after lockdown.

A record of names and contact details of each guest must be kept for at least 30 days and no more than 56 days to assist in contact tracing if required.

Everyone at the funeral service wear a mask.

Restricted businesses can open for a permitted purpose, such as a funeral service. Also a funeral service in an outdoor area such as beach or park is permitted, although any usual Local Government or site approvals must be sought.

It is important if you are unwell, that you do not go to a funeral service.

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

Yes. You can have people enter your home to complete essential or emergency repairs. If work can be delayed, you should delay the repairs until after lockdown.

You should only have people come to complete repairs if they are essential, for example if you have a burst pipe or something has happened to your electricity, a roof or ceiling is being installed.

If you are in a lockdown area, there is no limit on the number of workers that can come to your home. However, you should ensure that those workers wear face masks and that you maintain physical distancing wherever possible.

Do children count in the limits on number of people?

Yes, children and infants are included in the total numbers where limits are indicated.

Can you have many visits throughout the day?

No, if you are in a locked down area, you are cannot any visitors in your home

Questions about non-essential businesses, activities and undertakings

What businesses are currently operating?/What is an essential business?/ What is a non-essential business? What is essential work?

#whatbusinessesareoperating

Locked down areas

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
  • 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
  • Hairdressers
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 selling food only
  • 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)
  • Nightclubs

Essential businesses

All other businesses are permitted to operate as these are considered essential. You should work from home if it is safe and possible to do so. Children of essential workers and children in vulnerable circumstances can attend childcare and school.

Construction can continue. Where construction is on a site that is or includes a home residence or workplace, essential construction can continue however interactions between workers and residents, staff or visitors to the workplace should be kept to a minimum. Face masks are required, unless an exception applies.

Construction

Commercial construction at an unoccupied premises can continue. Where construction is on a site at 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.

Face masks are required, unless an exception applies.

What if my business/ work is not listed in the essential or non-essential list?

If a business is not listed, it can operate. You should only leave their home for a permitted purpose.  You should as much as possible stay at home and find ways to support business through contactless means.

What is essential work or volunteering?

Essential work or volunteering is work or volunteering that is urgently required for safety reasons, to maintain essential services and supplies to the community or to part of the community. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Nurses
  • Doctors
  • Cooks
  • Teachers
  • Health care providers
  • Shelf packers
  • Plumbers or electricians

Businesses that are not listed as restricted businesses can operate as normal during the locked down period.  Remember if you can work from home you should.

What is essential retail?

#essentialretail

You should only leave your home for a permitted purpose and even if permitted, you should rethink whether or not the activity is urgent and necessary.

You should only visit a retail outlet if it is absolutely necessary to buy supplies needed during the lockdown period.

Types of essential retailers include (but are not limited to):

  • Shopping centres that have essential services – for example supermarkets (note within a shopping centre some retailers such as hairdressers will be closed)
  • Supermarkets, green grocers, butchers and bakeries
  • Hospitality businesses, such as restaurants and cafes can open for takeaway service only
  • Health food and supplement stores
  • Uniform and protective equipment outlets (clothing, shoe and accessory stores cannot open)
  • Pharmacies
  • Pet supply shops and pet care
  • Petrol stations
  • Electronics and technology retailers
  • Newsagents and post offices
  • Speciality toy stores, for essential educational, behavioural or developmental needs
  • Hardware stores
  • Basic clothing

Retailers are also encouraged to operate in a way that facilities minimal or no contact with the community.

What are essential repairs?/ What is essential construction?

#emergencyrepairs

Only essential or emergency repairs/construction should occur at an occupied residence. Essential or emergency repairs include:

  • a burst water service or a serious water service leak
  • a blocked or broken toilet
  • a serious roof leak
  • a gas leak
  • a dangerous electrical fault
  • flooding or serious flood damage
  • serious storm, fire or impact damage
  • a failure or breakdown of the gas, electricity or water supply
  • a failure or breakdown of an essential service or appliance on the property for hot water, cooking or heating
  • a fault or damage that makes the property unsafe or insecure
  • a fault or damage likely to injure a person, damage property or unduly inconvenience a tenant
  • a serious fault in a staircase, lift or other common area of the property that unduly inconveniences a tenant in gaining access to, or using, the property.

If you are in a lockdown area, there is no limit on the number of workers that can come to your home. However, you should ensure that those workers wear face masks and that you maintain physical distancing wherever possible

All other repairs are routine repairs and should be delayed until after the lockdown has finished. If you are part way through a renovation, ensuring that the premises is safe, accessible, secure, and has functioning amenities such as kitchen, bathroom and laundry is considered essential.

Commercial construction at unoccupied premises can continue during lockdown.

Can I go to my workplace to pick up equipment to work from home? Can I pick up my laptop from work?

Yes. You can go to your workplace to pick up the equipment you need to be able to work from home, for example a laptop.

Can I go to church/place of worship?/ Can I run a religious virtual service?

If you live in a locked down area, places of worship are required to close during the lockdown period except for wedding ceremonies and funeral services. The number of people who can attend a wedding or a funeral has also been restricted. You must wear a mask unless an exception applies and observe physical distancing if attending such an event. You cannot leave a locked down area to attend a wedding ceremony or a funeral service. People can apply for an exemption to attend, including people in the bridal party.

Places of worship can run virtual services where everyone participating is in their own home.

Will kindy/childcare still be operational?

Yes. Childcare services are considered essential and will remain open to the children of essential workers and vulnerable children. You can leave your home in a locked down area to drop off and pick up your child from a kindergarten, or day care if you are an essential worker and care cannot reasonably be provided at home.

What is an outdoor space?

#outdoorspace

An outdoor area has fixed or temporary boundaries but is not fully enclosed. It is open to the elements and has natural air flow. To reduce the risk of COVID-19, there should be as much natural and unrestricted air movement as possible for the majority of time the area is in use.

An outdoor area can include a veranda, balcony, deck, patio or similar structure that might be connected to an external wall of a building and also have a roof, awning or eave. It might also include a rotunda, tarpaulin or shade structure situated in a larger open space.

An outdoor area does not include atriums that are internal to a building. A temporary or permanent marquee is not considered an outdoor area except in the circumstances where walls/panels are lifted for the duration of the event. A tent–like a circus tent or performance tent–is not considered an outdoor area.

When curtain walls, panel walls or other fittings are used to fully enclose an area to protect from the elements, it should be considered as indoor. Sometimes Queensland weather means that curtain walls, panel walls or other fittings are used for short periods to partially enclose an area for patron comfort and safety. If a business is in doubt, it should operate as if it is an indoor space.

What is an indoor space?

An indoor space is any space that is not an outdoor space.  Examples of indoor spaces include:

  • shopping centres, supermarkets, retail outlets and markets
  • public transport
  • libraries
  • cinemas
  • churches and places of worship
  • entertainment facilities and sporting stadiums
  • recreational facilities and gyms
  • indoor workplaces where physical distancing is not possible
  • at airports and on planes

Why do businesses need to collect contact details?

Businesses that operate a restricted business, activity or undertaking must collect contact information about all people at the premises (including staff), for contact tracing purposes in accordance with the Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction which requires businesses to use the Check In Qld app (exceptions apply in certain circumstances). Find out more information on record keeping.

Are cafes, pubs etc. OK to remain open if they're following a COVID Safe Checklist?

If a cafe, pub and restaurant is in a locked down area, it must close for dining in. Businesses in a locked down area can operate for takeaway and home delivery service. Contact details must be collected for takeaway customers.

Will public transport continue to operate? Is it safe to use public transport?

Public transport will continue as normal as it is considered an essential service and physical distancing is still in effect. However, you must wear a mask and follow the other advice from TransLink about COVID-safe travel on public transport.

You must wear a mask when on public transport and while at the station or stop.

Do non-restricted retailers have to follow any restrictions?

Retailers that provide essential goods and services (for example grocery stores) are currently not restricted businesses. They are not required to operate follow density rules. Some retailers may elect to impose their own risk management practices such as occupant limits.

When visiting one of these stores you must:

  • wear a mask. This includes staff who work at and customers who visit the store.
  • practise physical distancing to the extent possible. This includes maintaining 1.5 metres distance from other people.

Can I watch someone play a game indoors and outdoors?

There is no community sport being played in lockdown areas at this time.

Some professional sport may occur with exemption from the Chief Health Officer under strict protocols and restrictions, including daily testing of players. Spectators are not permitted at any matches during lockdown.

If you are in a lockdown area, you must stay home wherever possible and only leave your home for a permitted purpose.

Can I see my personal trainer or attend a bootcamp?/ Can I exercise with someone else?

If you are in a lockdown area (or have been in a lockdown area since 1am AEST 30 July), you can only exercise with one other person, that may be your personal trainer, from outside your household. During the lockdown, traveling for exercise is restricted to within 10km from your home. This means that if either you, or the other person you are training with (including personal trainers), is required to travel more than 10km from home to exercise together, then you cannot exercise together.

You must wear a mask other than during intense exercise. You may remove your mask if you are out of breath or puffing, or it is unsafe to wear your mask.

Can I donate blood during lockdown?

Yes. Globally, there are no reports of COVID-19 being transmitted through blood.

I am a real estate agent – can I conduct open house inspections or auctions?

No, if you in a lockdown area, open homes are not permitted. You will need to book a private inspection to view a house during lockdown. Contact information must be collected.

Can I go to the gym?

All indoor and outdoor sports and exercise venues in a lockdown area are closed. No exercise or sports is permitted at commercial premises during lockdown. Gyms will be closed if they are located in a lockdown area.

Can I operate my short-term rental or short-term accommodation (for example, serviced apartment or Airbnb listing) for holiday and leisure purposes?

Yes. Accommodation providers can operate. The one person per 2 square metre rule will apply for common areas open to or used by guests.

Accommodation providers must also operate in compliance with a COVID Safe Checklist for Impacted Areas and collect contact information using the Check In Qld app.

Can shared facilities at caravan parks, campgrounds and in hostels open?

Yes, shared bathrooms or kitchens for people staying at the facility can open in lockdown areas. The one person per 2 square metre rule applies in common areas. It is important that you remember to wear a mask and practice good physical distancing when using these facilities.

Can beauty therapists and massage therapists operate?

No. Beauty therapists and massage facilities cannot open in a lockdown area.

You can only get a massage if it is for the management or prevention of a disease, injury or condition provided by a registered health practitioner or qualified massage therapist. However, we strongly encourage any non-urgent appointments that can wait until after the lockdown period to be postponed. Physical distancing must be observed to the extent possible.

What are the rules for indoor and outdoor entertainment venues?

If you are in a lockdown area, you must stay home wherever possible and only leave your home for a permitted purpose. Going to an entertainment venue is not a permitted reason.

Can markets operate?

Indoor and outdoor food and farmers markets may continue to operate in the lockdown areas for the purpose of selling food only. Artisan markets must shut during the lockdown. Face masks should be worn, physical distancing maintained and contact details collected.

Can businesses run major events?

Events are not permitted in the lockdown areas.

Can I go to a dance/yoga/pilates class?

No. All studios in the lockdown areas will be shut.

Will the Ekka go ahead this year?

No. The Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) will be cancelled this year, due to the extended lockdown and risk of COVID-19 transmission. Please refer to the website for details on ticketing and refunds.

Questions about face masks

When do I have to wear a face mask? When do I have to carry a face mask?

You must carry a face mask if you:

  • are in a locked down area, or
  • have been in a locked down area at any time since 1am AEST 29 June, unless 14 days have passed since you were there; or
  • reside in the same household as a person who has been in a locked down area at any time from 1am AEST 31 July 2021 until 14 days have passed since those people were in the locked down area (whichever is shorter).

Outdoors

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 in your car or with the members of your household
  • you are alone in an office with the door closed
  • you are eating or drinking
  • you are participating in strenuous exercise
  • it is unsafe to wear a mask.

Indoors

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
  • 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 must work from home.

Masks in schools and childcare facilities

Schools are and childcare facilities 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

Rest of Queensland (outside of South East Queensland locked down areas)

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

  • are not in a locked down area, or
  • have not been in a South East Queensland locked   down 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 1am AEST 31 July 2021

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.

Do I have to wear a face mask if I am not in a locked down area?

You only have to wear a face mask if you have been in a locked down area at any time since 1am AEST 29 June and it is less than 14 days since you left the area.

If you have not been in a locked down area you are only required to wear a mask in some locations such as airports, on domestic flights and in stadiums. We recommend everyone who has not been in a locked down area 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.

Do children have to wear a mask?

No, children under 12 years lawfully do not have to wear a mask. Children in Grade 7 must wear a mask at school even if they are only 11 years old.

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?

Yes you must wear a mask if you are receiving care in your home. The carer or healthcare worker providing care must also wear a mask.

Who doesn’t have to wear a mask? When can I remove my face mask?

#exceptions

Face masks do not have to be worn by:

  • infants and children under the age of 12 (unless they are at High School or a prep to year 12 school in grade 7)
  • anyone in their homes or in temporary accommodation such as holiday accommodation
  • anyone working alone in an indoor space such as in a closed office
  • anyone travelling alone in their car or only with members of their household
  • anyone engaged in strenuous physical exercise
  • anyone eating, drinking or taking medicine
  • people engaging in work that requires clear communication or visibility of your mouth, for example live broadcasting
  • 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 – a face shield is here
  • anyone who has past experiences of trauma and is unable to wear a face mask due to psychological impacts
  • anyone whose health and safety would be at risk if they wore a face mask while conducting their work, as determined through Occupational Health and Safety guidelines
  • prisoners of corrective facilities or detainees in detention centres, subject to any policies or requirements of a facility
  • residents of residential aged care facilities or shared disability accommodation services
  • anyone who is being married while in the process of being married
  • people during an emergency.

Who has to wear masks at schools/childcare facilities?

Schools are and childcare facilities 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

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 get food/medication/help?

You only have to wear a face mask if you have been in a locked down area at any time since 1am AEST 29 June and it is less than 14 days since you left the area You must wear a mask at all times in indoor and outdoor spaces unless an exception applies.

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

If Queensland Police see you without a mask, they will provide you with a mask and not fine you as long as you wear the mask provided.

Do I have to wear a mask while attending a funeral service or wedding ceremony?

If you are in or have been in a locked down since 1am AEST 29 June, and it is less than 14 days since you left the area, you must carry a face mask with you at all times. You must wear a face mask when you are in indoor and outdoor spaces.

These rules also apply for weddings and funerals. At weddings the couple getting married does not have to wear a mask while getting married. Photos can be taken without the bridal party or guests wearing masks.

Do I have to wear a mask if I work at a restaurant, café or pub?

If you are in or have been in a locked down area, you have to wear a mask when in an indoor workplace. Hospitality businesses can only open for takeaway customers.

Do I have to wear a mask when exercising?

If you are in or have been in a locked down area you must wear a face mask when exercising indoors and outdoors unless one of the exceptions from wearing a mask applies, for example you have a medical condition. You may remove your mask if you are out of breath or puffing.

You do not have to wear a mask if you are doing strenuous aerobic exercise such as high-intensity interval training, cycling or running.

Do I have to wear a mask when I do an aerobic workout?

No. You do not have to wear a mask if you are doing strenuous aerobic exercise such as high-intensity interval training, cycling, or running.

You may remove your mask when exercising indoors if it is making it difficult to breathe.

Do I need to carry a mask with me when I exercise outdoors?

Yes. If you have been in a locked down area at any time since 1am AEST 29 June and it is less than 14 days since you left the area you must carry and  wear a face mask at all times, including when you exercise outdoors.

You do not have to wear a mask if you are doing strenuous aerobic exercise such as high-intensity interval training, cycling or running. You do not have to wear a mask while swimming.

Do I have to wear a mask when I am in an indoor workplace?

If you are in or have been in a locked down area at any time since 1am AEST 29 June and it is less than 14 days since you left the area, you must wear a face mask at all times even in areas where you can physically distance. You will have to wear a mask while in meetings or at your workstation even if you can stay a distance of 1.5 metres away from others. Remember, if you can work from home, you must work from home.

You cannot remove your mask when seated at your desk, even where physical distancing can be maintained, or if you are in a room by yourself.

Certain people lawfully do not have to wear a mask, if the nature of your employment and Occupational Health and Safety guidelines means it is unsafe to wear a mask.

Speak to your employer about their workplace risk measures to see if specific rules apply.

Do I have to wear a mask in an outdoor workplace?

If you are in or have been in a locked down area, at any time since 1am AEST 29 June and it is less than 14 days since you left the area you should wear a face mask when entering and exiting your workplace, and in areas where you cannot physically distance from people who are not members of your household. Remember, if you can work from home, you must work from home.

For example, a window cleaner working alone does not need to wear a mask, however, a builder working on a busy construction site who cannot maintain physical distance from other trades people must wear a mask unless it’s unsafe to do so. You must also wear a mask if you work with members of the public.

Do I have to wear a mask while driving?

If you are in or have been in a locked down area, at any time since 1am AEST 29 June and it is less than 14 days since you left the area, you must wear a face mask if you are the driver or passenger of a taxi, ride-share, limousine, shuttle service or any other commercial passenger or personalised transport vehicle.

If you are driving in your own car alone or with people from your household, you don’t need to wear a mask.

If you are driving with people you don’t live with, then you must wear a face mask. It is also recommended that you open the windows to improve ventilation.

The Mandatory Face Masks Direction outlines other particular settings where you must wear a face mask, including driving commercial vehicles in Queensland airports.

Can businesses refuse service to someone if they are not wearing a face mask?

If you are in or have been in a locked down area at any time since 1am AEST 29 June 2021, and it is less than 14 days since you left the area, you must wear a face mask in indoor and outdoor spaces.

Exceptions to mask wearing are provided for children under 12 and people with medical conditions or disabilities.

Businesses should not refuse service to people who are not lawfully required to wear a mask.

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 or piece of fabric is not an acceptable mask.

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

Do teachers and childcare workers have to wear a mask?

Schools are and childcare facilities are only open for children of essential workers and vulnerable children. All adults and staff at primary schools and high schools are required to wear masks. All students who go to high school also need to wear masks, even if they are under 12 years old. For schools that have Prep to grade 12, any student in grade 7 and above is required to wear a mask.

Some exceptions, including medical reasons, still apply. Face shields are an appropriate alternative for teachers of children who are deaf or hearing impaired.

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.

Do entertainers need to wear masks when performing?

If you cannot perform your role whilst wearing a mask, you may remove it to perform. This applies to singers or musicians of oral instruments.

For those who can wear a mask during their performance, they must wear a mask, for example musicians of string instruments.

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

Yes. If you are in or have been in a locked down at any time since 1am AEST 29 June you must carry a face mask with you at all times and wear it when you leave home in all indoor and outdoor spaces. If 14 days have passed since you have last been in a locked down area, you no longer need to wear a mask.

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.

Do I have to wear a mask when I visit friends or family at their house or they visit me?

It is important to remember that if you are in a lockdown area, you cannot have visitors to your home during the lockdown period. With some limited exceptions, you should be wearing a mask indoors, other than in your own home or accommodation, and outdoors.

Do people have to wear a mask during one-to-one support/counselling sessions where physical distancing can be maintained?

Yes. You must wear a mask when you are indoors, unless it is in your own home.

If in doubt, wear a 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.

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.

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

Do I have to wear a mask if I’m in my workplace?

A person working alone in an indoor space does not have to wear a face mask. For example a person working alone in an office with the door closed.

All other essential workers attending a workplace should wear a face mask at all times unless an exception applies.

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. For example, a supermarket employee working at a check out or in a distribution centre should not attend work if they are unable to wear a face mask unless they are vaccinated.

Where can I find out more information about face masks?

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

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 a requirement under the Restrictions for Impacted Areas Direction or the Restrictions for Locked Down Areas (South-East Queensland) Direction only if extreme exceptional circumstances exist.

Questions about the COVID-19 vaccine

Do I need to lockdown if I have received my COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes. From, 1am AEST 31 July anyone who has been in any one of the 11 local government areas identified will be subject to lockdown restrictions. The local government areas are:

  • City of Brisbane
  • City of Ipswich
  • Logan City
  • Moreton Bay Region
  • Redland City
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Gold Coast City
  • Noosa Shire
  • Somerset Region
  • Lockyer Valley Region
  • Scenic Rim Region

Can I still receive my vaccination during the lockdown?

Yes. You can leave your place of residence during the lockdown to receive a scheduled COVID-19 vaccination.

I don’t want to receive my vaccination during the lockdown, can I reschedule my appointment?

Yes.

If your vaccination appointment was made directly with your GP, contact them directly if you wish to reschedule your appointment.

If your vaccination appointment was arranged through your employer, contact them directly if you wish to reschedule your appointment.

If you made your appointment through the Queensland Health booking system, you can reschedule you appointment directly through the booking system.

What if I was due for my second dose during the lockdown?

You can leave your place of residence during the lockdown to receive a scheduled COVID-19 vaccination if you are feeling well. If you have any COVID-19 symptoms you must not attend your vaccination and should get a COVID-19 test.

If I have COVID-19 vaccine 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 your 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 penalties and enforcement

Are there penalties if I don’t comply?

Yes. If you don’t comply you may be given an on-the-spot fine of $1,378 for individuals and $6,892 for corporations, a court-imposed penalty of up to $13,785 or 6 months' imprisonment. If you refuse a police direction to wear a face mask, you could be given an on-the-spot fine of $206.

Are these rules mandatory?

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

How is this being enforced?

Queensland Police and enforcement officers will enforce these restrictions and ensure Queenslanders are doing their part to slow the spread. Industry and business regulators will also play a role in ensuring organisations are compliant with restrictions.

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