11 January 2021 | QRC COVID-19 Working Group meeting

QRC COVID-19 Working Group spoke about the following (actions in bold):

  • Ian Macfarlane welcomed participants to the call at 2pm.
  • Per the Premier’s announcement, the lockdown is to be lifted tonight at 6pm and a revised set of protocols will be put in place until 1am Friday January 22nd.
    • The COVID protocols will apply to those who have visited Brisbane since January 2 or who visit Brisbane until January 22nd.
  • Minster Stewart addressed the call, thanking the QRC for its swift and effective efforts to protect workers, and our industry.
    • Around 19,000 tests have been conducted in Queensland, with 0 positive results.
    • The Minister noted that all people must wear a mask at all times until 6pm tonight.
    • flying: from now on all travellers will be required to wear a mask on aircraft and in airports.
  • Ian Macfarlane noted that companies are free to move workers from the Greater Brisbane Area to regional areas. Most companies are only moving staff who are essential to operations until January 22nd.
  • For people who have been in Brisbane since January 2nd or who travel to Brisbane before 1am January 22nd
    • people must wear a mask in taxis, ride shares, public transport and confined public areas – e.g. shopping centres. A single person in a vehicle do not have to wear a mask.
    • Carry a mask at all times.
    • Must not serve themselves from buffets and must be seated when eating and drinking.
    • If on site or in an office and able to social distance (maintain 1.5 m distance) then a mask need not be worn.
    • If a person has been in Brisbane since January 2 and has been tested and has a negative result, they must still follow the Brisbane protocols until January 22.
    • The CHO has not directed the industry to conduct temperature testing, but has requested detailed health checks be taken. The CHO does not endorse the use of rapid testing, due to issues with possible false negative results.
  • Question asked: if someone has been in Brisbane since 2 January and has returned to site, when do they have to wear a mask? Response: they must wear a mask consistent with the above advice, that is: they do not have to wear a mask when they are able to social distance outside, or are at home.
  • Question asked: what are the requirements for vehicles? Response: If one of the people in the vehicle has been in Brisbane since January 2, masks must be worn.
  • Ian Macfarlane reiterated the importance of vigilance, hand hygiene, mask-wearing, to allow us all to keep going.
  • Minister Stewart made some closing comments that complacency is our biggest enemy. Mask wearing is of high importance, and they should be worn whenever in doubt. He commended the industry on receiving such a positive comment from the CHO.
  • Kelly Vea Vea (Isaac Regional Council) during the last lockdown there was confusion regarding where protocols were coming from. Regional councils may welcome greater communication from QRC.
    • QRC will update the website regularly.
    • Minister Stewart made the comment that the Deputy Premier told all regional mayors that the resources industry was going beyond protocols to keep all regional areas safe.
  • Martin from Dougal River asked what the time frames for DOR approvals for specialist worker exemptions are. Rachel (DOR) undertook to follow up, and the QRC will provide advice on its website. Response time are varying from 12-48 hours.