18 December 2021 | Update from Department of Resources

Please see below the latest information from the Department of Resources.

This bulletin provides resources companies and peak bodies in the resources sector with the latest information on COVID-19 and how it relates to the sector.

Face masks will become mandatory in shops and retail centres, hospitals, aged care facilities, public transport and rideshare vehicles across the state from 1am tomorrow (Saturday 18 December). For other indoor settings, masks are not mandatory but are recommended, even where only vaccinated people can attend.

Wearing masks will help slow the spread of the virus and allow more people to get their vaccinations, including vulnerable people and healthcare workers who are due to get their third dose. This mandate will be revised once Queensland is 90 per cent fully vaccinated.

Support for small business
With the incoming mask mandate and hospitality and entertainment businesses now following the Public Health and Social Measures linked to vaccination status Direction, additional information, resources and support is available to businesses.

Queensland Health has advice for workplaces to prepare for and manage COVID-19.

The requirements for close and casual contacts will change from 1 January 2022, with testing and quarantine eased for vaccinated people. When these changes take effect, it will be easier for businesses to understand and plan for what will happen if their workplace becomes an exposure site. There is a four-step procedure for owners which includes:

  • Step 1: Determine if your staff had contact with the COVID-19 positive person within their infectious period
  • Step 2: Determine the duration of contact
  • Step 3: Determine the proximity of contact
  • Step 4: Queensland Health formal risk assessment.

More information is available on the Queensland Health website.

A free COVID Safe for Business course is available from TAFE Queensland, to help businesses and their staff to manage the entry of customers, including checking their vaccination status.

Download signage to display so customers are clear on the vaccination requirements before they enter.

There are frequently asked questions for businesses on the Queensland Health website, which are being updated regularly to provide additional clarification.

Be Kind at Check In Time
As the new measures come into effect, the Queensland Government has launched the Be Kind at Check In Time campaign to remind Queenslanders to respect businesses and their staff, and the rules that they are following to keep Queenslanders safe. The campaign is now running statewide through radio and Facebook.  Posters and social media tiles that businesses can use on their premises or social media channels are available from the Business Queensland website.

Ensure customers are checking in
To support these measures, people have been able to link their COVID-19 digital certificate in the Check In Qld app since last month. Being able to quickly trace contacts is important in order to minimise case numbers, especially as border and other restrictions are eased. All businesses are encouraged to ensure customers and visitors are checking in.

Business owners seeking clarification on what the new measures mean for their business can contact 134 COVID (13 42 68).