27 August Update
Easing of restrictions
The Queensland Government has announced the easing of restrictions for people living in the 11 affected LGAs allowing for larger home gatherings, bigger weddings, and capacity crowds at stadiums and ticketed venues. The Premier announced that Queensland would enter Stage 3 of the Unite and Recover Roadmap at 4.00pm today (27/8). Stage 3 allows for 100 percent capacity for stadiums, however masks must be worn at all times, except when eating or drinking. Likewise, ticketed venues with allocated seating, like indoor sporting events and theatres, can operate at 100 percent capacity. All restrictions are removed for community sport.
Please see the Queensland Health website for details: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/public-health-directions/restrictions-impacted-areas
Masks in the Community
South-East Queenslanders are required to continue carrying a face mask with them at all times unless they have a lawful reason not to. They must also be worn on public transport and in ride-shares and indoors, unless you can stay at least 1.5m away from other people.
Masks in schools extended
In South-East Queensland, masks must be worn by teachers and staff (all schools), plus students in high school in the 11 LGAs, unless you can stay 1.5 metres apart from other people. This applies to both indoors and outdoors.
Queensland Health has advised that face shields are an acceptable alternative to masks for teachers to enable their mouths to be seen by students to aid in expression and understanding. However, face shields are only approved for teachers, not students or other staff, who must wear masks unless they have an exemption.
The Premier advised all restrictions around masks will be reviewed on Friday, 10 September.
19 August Update
Planning framework for COVID-19
Yesterday, the Premier announced an easing of restrictions in the affected Local Government Areas (LGAs) from 4pm Friday 20 August.
- For schools in the Cairns region and Yarrabah, the easing of restrictions means that State schools will follow scenario 1 (COVID normal) of the Queensland COVID-19 planning framework;
- For the 11 Local Government Areas in the South East, state schools will follow scenario 2 (restrictions in places but no lockdown) of the Framework.
All schools should continue to refer to the Queensland Health website for the latest information about what restrictions apply if you have visited one of the LGAs, but do not live or attend school there.
Parents are allowed to be back on school site, with the requirement that they adhere to ongoing direction of wearing of masks. This means masks must be worn by all adults inside school buildings (unless they can stay 1.5m apart from other people) but may be removed outdoors, as long as they can keep 1.5 metres apart from other people.
16 August Update
CMS is now using the Check In Qld app – a couple of FAQs are answered (from Unite & Recover website)
Why is providing contact information important?
When a person is diagnosed with COVID-19, the local public health unit commences contact tracing. Timing is critical. Using the Check In Qld app means your information will be provided to contact tracers quickly. Public health officers will assess the movements of the person with COVID-19 while they were infectious and determine who in the community are considered ‘close contacts’. That’s why it’s important to provide accurate and legible contact information, so we can contact you if you are affected. This will help us respond quickly and effectively to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community, and to minimise the potential for you to spread the disease to others.
If visitors/clients do not check-in with the Qld App, it would take a lot longer to complete any tracing of COVID in the community, if there is a case of an infected person. This leaves the person vulnerable and time to transmit the virus to more people. Lockdowns will continue if the virus is circulating in the community.
Do QR codes collect my personal information and data?
QR code-generating software does not collect personally identifiable information.
The data it does collect – and which is visible to the code’s creators – includes location, the number of times the code has been scanned and at what times, plus the operating system of the device which scanned the code (i.e., iPhone or Android).