Stay 1.5 metres away from other people—think two big steps
Wash your hands lots with soap and water, or hand sanitizer
Sneeze or cough into your arm or a tissue. Then put the tissue in the bin.
Go near people if you are coughing or sneezing
Touch your mouth, nose and eyes
Hug or kiss people.
Restrictions on meeting up with other people, in homes and in public places like restaurants and parks, are changing often. To find out what current restrictions in Queensland are, visit the Public Health Directions page.
Advice for people most at risk of getting really sick from COVID-19
Some people are more likely to get really sick with COVID-19. As restrictions continue to ease in Queensland, people still need to take extra steps to protect themselves and those most at risk. See below our advice on who is at greater risk and how to protect them.
Social distancing (also called physical distancing) is one way to help slow the spread of viruses and can help protect the people in our community who are most at risk of getting really sick from COVID-19.
You don’t need to wear a face mask to protect yourself from COVID-19 unless your doctor has told you to or you are caring for someone who might have COVID-19.
The best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is stay home if you are sick and wash your hands often.
If you have been told to wear a face mask, try not to touch it while you are wearing it. If you do touch it then wash your hands.
Do not reuse single-use masks.
Throw the mask out straight away if you cough or sneeze into it.
When throwing out a mask, put it into a sealed bag so others won’t touch it.
Always wash your hands straight away after removing your mask and putting it in the bin.
You don’t need to wear gloves to protect yourself from getting COVID-19.
Wearing gloves may actually help spread the virus to yourself or others. Any virus you pick up on your gloves can be transferred to other surfaces or to your face.
The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to wash your hands often and practice social (physical) distancing.
Viruses can survive on surfaces which are touched often. This includes bench tops, remote controls, door handles, mobile phones, toilets, tables and toys.
Start the cleaning process in the cleanest areas and finish in the dirtier areas. This helps prevent spreading viruses from a dirty room to a clean room.
Wear either single-use or reusable gloves (such as washing-up gloves) when cleaning. If using reusable gloves wash them using running water and detergent then hang them outside to dry.
Wash your hands after you have finished cleaning.
The best way to remove viruses from surfaces is to wipe them with detergent or soap and water then rinse and dry them.
You can also use a disinfectant product or bleach. Vinegar and other natural products are not recommended.
A clean cloth (that you can throw in the bin or wash) should be used each time.
Clean all surfaces that are touched often at least weekly.
If anyone in the house is sick, cleaning should be done at least daily.
Keep anyone who is sick in the home separate from everyone else.
Provide a separate bathroom and bedroom for them, if possible.
If possible, only have one person taking care of the sick person. This person should not be high risk and should minimise contact with other members of the household.
If possible, maintain physical distancing of 1.5m (two big steps) between the sick person and other members of the household.
If you need to share a bedroom with someone who is sick, try to ensure there is good air flow as much as possible. Open windows and turn on the fan. Maintain physical distancing by spacing out beds, if possible. Sleep head to toe if required to share a bed. Place a divider if possible, to reduce contact such as a sheet, pillows, towels or blanket.
If you share a bathroom with someone who is sick, they should disinfect the surfaces that they touch after each use, such as door handles, sinks and taps. Open doors and windows to get good air flow in the bathroom.
If you are sick, do not help prepare food and try to eat separately from the other members of the household. If you live in a large family or shared house, serve meals in shifts and clean surfaces between each one. Do not share plates, cutlery, glasses or bottles. Serve meals individually – not on shared platters.
If you live in more than one home, you should stay away from any homes that have older or vulnerable people in them.
Limit your movements as much as possible.
Try not to touch other people if you are moving from one house to another.
Don’t travel between houses if you feel sick.
If your child is sick, they must not go to school or childcare. If they have COVID-19 symptoms, get tested.
Do not linger at the school when dropping off or picking up children. Contact your school if you are unsure about any changes to how drop off and pick up zones work.
Talk to your children about the importance of good hygiene including:
regular hand washing, using soap and water and washing for at least 20 seconds
covering coughs and sneezes with a flexed elbow or a tissue
throwing away used tissues and cleaning hands afterwards
Visit the shops at quieter times like weekdays in the mid-morning or afternoon so you come in contact with fewer people.
Wipe down trolleys with disinfectant wipes if you can. Ensure you have washed your hands or used hand sanitiser before you enter.
Use tap and pay or card to make payments where possible. If you need to use an ATM or EFTPOS machine, use hand sanitiser or wash your hands after you have finished.
Rinse fresh produce (fruits and vegetables) with water. You don’t need to use soap for this, which might be dangerous if it has ingredients that shouldn’t be eaten.
Get your groceries delivered. You could shop with online supermarkets or search for local businesses doing home delivery. Ask for groceries to be left outside your house so you can keep your distance from the delivery person.
You should keep seeing your doctor for advice and to manage any chronic health conditions.
If you are feeling unwell, call ahead before you visit the doctor so they can prepare for your visit.
Call ahead to check if your appointment is on time. Wait outside/in your car if you are early or the doctor is running late.
Ask your doctor about Telehealth services to help reduce community spread of COVID-19.
Hospitals and GP clinics may have new rules in place for waiting areas, including removing magazines and toys so bring a book or magazine from home.
Use contactless payment methods if needed.
Order and pick up all your medication at the same time. If you need to wait at the pharmacy, make sure you keep physical distance.
As much as possible maintain social distancing while using taxis and ride share services:
Sit in the back seat
Handle your own luggage
Use cashless payment methods like tap and go
For the safety of other passengers take all rubbish with you, or ask the driver if they have a bin.
Avoid using taxi or ride sharing services if you are unwell. If you must use a taxi or ride sharing service to seek medical assistance, use a face mask if you have one. Let the driver know you are unwell so they can take additional precautions.
You don’t need to wear a face mask unless your doctor has told you to or you are caring for someone who might have COVID-19.
The best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is stay home if you are sick and wash your hands often.
If you have been told to wear a face mask, avoid touching it while you’re wearing it. If you do, wash your hands.
Do not reuse single-use masks. Immediately replace the mask if you have coughed or sneezed into it.
When disposing of a mask, put it in a sealable bag to ensure the used mask won’t be touched by others. Then put the sealed bag in the bin.
Always clean your hands immediately after removing your mask and putting it in the bin.
You don’t need to wear gloves to protect yourself from getting COVID-19. In fact, wearing gloves could help the spread of the virus to yourself or others.
This is because germs you pick up on gloves can transfer to other surfaces. You might also touch your face while wearing the gloves which can transfer any germs on the gloves to you and make you sick.
The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to regularly clean your hands and practice social distancing.
We know that germs can survive outside of the body, on surfaces, after a person coughs or sneezes. Lots of cleaning is important for reducing the spread of germs and reducing the number of germs surviving on surfaces.
Reducing the number of germs in the environment can break the chain of infection.
Follow these steps for effective cleaning:
Start the cleaning process in the cleanest areas and finish in the dirtier areas.
Wear single-use or reusable gloves. Wash reusable gloves with running water and detergent and hang outside to dry.
Wash your hands after you have finished cleaning and removed gloves.
Clean all frequently touched surfaces at least weekly so that surfaces are visibly clean.
Clean at least daily if anyone in the household is sick. This includes items such as kitchen benches, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and bedside tables.
Remove germs from surfaces by rubbing the surface with detergent and water. Using a detergent will help to loosen the germs so they can be rinsed away with clean water.
Rinse and dry the surface. Allowing the surface to dry will make it harder for germs to survive and grow.
Use a clean cloth each time.
Good cleaning equipment includes mops with detachable heads, disposable cloths or cloths that can be washed, and vacuum cleaners fitted with HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters to reduce dust.
Equipment should be well maintained, cleaned and stored.
Use different cloths for different areas, e.g. kitchen, bathroom, toilet.
You only need to use disinfectants if a surface has been contaminated with potentially infectious material.
Most germs do not survive for long on clean surfaces when exposed to air and light.
Regular cleaning with detergent and water should be enough to reduce germs.
Disinfectant must be used correctly, following the manufacturer’s instructions to effectively kill germs.
A surface must be cleaned first for a disinfectant to kill germs.