Roadmap for eased restrictions in Queensland
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has released Queensland's roadmap to a COVID-safe recovery allowing more travel, activities and larger gatherings. From Friday 15 May 2020, the following will be permitted:
Gatherings of a maximum of 10 people together in a public space;
Dining in at restaurants, pubs, clubs, RSLs and cafes for a maximum of 10 patrons at one time as part of a gradual re-opening (no bars or gaming);
Recreational travel of a radius of up to 150km from your home for day trips;
Some beauty therapies and nail salons for up to 10 people at one time;
Reopening of libraries, playground equipment, skate parks and outdoor gyms (a maximum of 10 at one time);
Wedding guests increased to 10 people and funeral attendance increased to 20 (30 outdoors);
Open homes and auctions with a maximum of 10 people at one time; and
Re-opening public pools and lagoons (eg South Bank, Cairns, Airlie Beach) with a maximum of 10 people at a time or greater numbers with an approved plan.
Special concessions have been made for regional and Outback Queensland where no cases of COVID-19 have been reported - see here.
Stage Two will be effective from Friday 12 June, with Stage Three likely to follow come July, which will include a revision of border restrictions and gatherings and venue allowances of up to 100 people.
The full roadmap and details of each stage can be accessed here.
New COVIDSafe guidellines for business
The National COVID-19 Coordination Commission has created an online planning tool to help business develop a plan to keep their workers, customers and the community safe as they reopen or increase their activities in the weeks and months ahead.
For many businesses and industries, it will be imperative to implement a COVIDSafe plan in order to recommence operations.
The Home Confinement, Movement and Gatherings Direction for Queenslanders outlines the current restrictions and permissions in place for leaving the home. It also outlines directions around leaving home for work.
View the Direction here.
Queensland border controls came into force from 12:01am on Thursday, 26 March 2020
Log and timber trade drivers entering the state will be exempt from the 14 day self-isolation rule under the general freight exemption (on the condition that the person must practise social distancing wherever possible, including maintaining a distance of at least 1.5 metres where reasonably practicable and remain isolated in their vehicle or accommodation).
Queensland resident drivers will be exempt, subject to conditions (i.e. have not been overseas or visited a designated area).
The State Government has advised that interstate employees entering the state in timber manufacturing and forestry (as part of agribusiness) will be similarly exempt subject to a risk control plan.
General information about Queensland interstate travel restrictions can be accessed here.
Further information about the online application process for Queensland border crossings can be found here.
The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries had compiled the following fact sheets regarding border arrangements:
Restrictions have also been placed on travel to remote communities. Those entering to provide transport or essential goods and services (including food and frieght) are exempt from these restrictions. Further information is being developed on specific exemptions for forestry and agribusiness and will be updated.
Public Health Directions
Queensland Health's CHO public health directives can be accessed here. This includes restrictions around: