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South Australian outbreak — coronavirus (COVID-19)

Due to the recent COVID-19 cluster in Adelaide, specific parts of South Australia (including Adelaide) are now declared hotspots.

Date in South Australia

Requirement

2–8 November

No restrictions on entry to Queensland – upload class exemption with border pass application.

9–16 November

You must get tested and then quarantine for 14 days from the date you left the South Australian hotspot. This quarantine can be either in your own home, self-arranged accommodation or a hotel. Read more about quarantine requirements.

17 November­ onwards

You can only enter Queensland for permitted purposes and must go into mandatory quarantine in government arranged accommodation.

From 11:59pm AEST 16 November 2020, anybody who has been in a COVID-19 hotspot within the last 14 days will be turned away at our border. If you were in South Australia before 11:59 AEST 8 November there is a class exemption that exempts you from quarantining. Read the Border Restrictions Direction for more information.

If you enter Queensland before 11:59pm AEST 16 November 2020 and were in a South Australian hotspot on or after Monday 9 November you must get tested, even if you have no symptoms.

You should also quarantine until 14 days have passed since you were in the South Australia hotspot. This quarantine does not have to be completed in government arranged accommodation. This quarantine can be completed at your home, self-arranged accommodation, a friend’s place or your own personal caravan as long as you do not continue to drive around the state. If you refuse to get tested, you will be directed to quarantine in government arranged accommodation. You will not be required to pay for the cost of the accommodation.

You will be contacted by the Queensland Government based on the information you provided on your Queensland Border Declaration Pass if you have been in South Australia at any point between 9 November and 11:59pm AEST 16 November.

Why should I have to quarantine and get tested 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 and rapidly evolving outbreak in Adelaide.

What happens if I arrive after 11:59pm 16 November?

Due to the recent COVID-19 cluster in Adelaide, specific parts of South Australia (including Adelaide) are now declared hotspots. From 11:59pm AEST 16 November 2020, anybody who has been in a COVID-19 hotspot within the last 14 days will be turned away at our border.

The only exceptions to this are people who are allowed to enter for permitted purposes and people who were in a South Australian hotspot before 11:59pm AEST 8 November. Read the Border Restrictions Direction for more information, including government arranged quarantine.

What if I was in a South Australia hotspot between 2 and 8 November?

#sa-exemption

If you were in a South Australian hotspot between 2 and 8 November you will be allowed to enter Queensland without quarantining. There is a class exemption that exempts you from quarantining. You need to upload the exemption when you apply for your Queensland Border Declaration Pass. This is because the health risk did not exist until after 11:59pm 8 November.

When completing your Queensland Border Declaration Pass you must agree to get tested if you develop COVID-19 symptoms.

Questions about testing

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).

Questions about quarantine  – for people who arrived from South Australia before 11:59pm 16 November

Where can I quarantine?

If you were in a South Australian declared hotspot at any point between 11:59am AEST 8 November and 11:59pm AEST 16 November, you do not have to quarantine in government arranged accommodation. You can complete your quarantine either at home, in self-arranged accommodation, at a friend or family member’s place.

You can also complete your quarantine in a caravan if you do not drive within the state, or in a tent if you do not use shared facilities.

What happens if I develop symptoms during quarantine?

If you develop any COVID-19 symptoms at any time during your quarantine period, call your doctor who will tell you how to get a test for COVID-19. This is a legal obligation upon submitting a Queensland Border Declaration Pass.

If you are having serious symptoms, call 000 straight away. Symptoms include shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chest pressure or pain. Tell the ambulance staff that you are in quarantine 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 in quarantine for the full 14 days. This is because you could still develop COVID-19 towards the end of the quarantine period.

What rules do I need to I follow when quarantining?

You cannot:

  • leave your residence except in an emergency or to get medical care
  • go into public places including your work or the shops
  • let anyone into your where you are staying unless they:
    • usually live with you
    • are required to provide medical care
    • are entering for an emergency.

You can:

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

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

What do I do if I live with or am staying with other people?

You should:

  • stay in your own room
  • use a separate bathroom, if you can
  • stay at least 1.5 metres away from others
  • avoid common areas
  • wear a mask when moving through shared spaces in the house
  • wear a mask when in the same room as others
  • avoid sharing household items
  • clean the house regularly, especially things people touch often like door handles.

Everyone in the household should:

  • practice good hand and respiratory hygiene
  • practice social distancing
  • avoid sharing household items
  • monitor their health for any COVID-19 symptoms.

How can I get food and medication?

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

  • Ask friends or family members you don’t live with to get food and medication to leave at your door.
  • If you need a prescription filled arrange this with your usual pharmacist or GP. They can deliver it to your house or you can let your friend or family member know where to collect the medication. Read more about getting medicines and accessing health services .
  • Arrange a food delivery service. Have all food left outside your house. Do not let any delivery person into your nominated premises.
  • Contact the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349 for help.

What happens at the end of my quarantine?

You are able to leave quarantine only if:

  • it has been 14 days since you were last in a South Australian hotspot, and
  • you have received a negative COVID-19 test result, and
  • you have not developed COVID-19 symptoms.

You must continue to practice physical distancing and good hand and respiratory hygiene.

If you become unwell and have any cold or flu like symptoms return home straight away and contact your doctor.

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 stop quarantining before 14 days if my test comes back negative?

We are asking people in quarantine who were in a South Australian hotspot between 9 November and 11:59pm AEST 16 November receive a negative COVID-19 test result to remain in quarantine for the full 14 day period.

Does my 14 day quarantine period start from 9 November, or 14 days since I was last in Adelaide?

You must quarantine until 14 days have passed since you left the South Australian hotspot. For example, if you were last in Adelaide on 12 November, you should quarantine in Queensland until 26 November.

What if I decide I no longer want to remain in Queensland after starting my quarantine?

If you have come from an interstate hotspot and you decide you no longer want to remain in Queensland after you have started quarantine, you can leave before your 14 days are finished. You should leave Queensland by the most direct route possible and without stopping or coming into contact with the community.

Do I have to quarantine and get tested if I only transited through the Adelaide airport?

No. If you were in a COVID-19 hotspot for the sole purpose of arriving at, departing from or transiting through the airport, and did not stop anywhere else in the COVID-19 hotspot or leave the confines of the airport, you will not be required to quarantine and get tested.

I have had someone from South Australia staying with me, do I have to quarantine or get tested?

You will only have to quarantine if the person who has been staying with you tests positive. They will then have to go into isolation and anyone who has been in your household will be considered a close contact and must then go into quarantine.

Questions about enforcement

Are there penalties if I don’t comply?

If you refuse to get tested, you will be directed to quarantine in government arranged accommodation. You will not be required to pay for the cost of the accommodation.