Note from QRC based on questions arising from today’s QRC COVID Working Group call –
This is the clarification from the Department of Resources Covid Bulletin Update released tonight (29-3-21) and confirmed with DoR regarding the wearing of masks under the section in the Bulletin headed Wearing a Mask and the 6th dot point –
“You must wear a mask in indoor spaces such as
- indoor workplaces (where safe to wear a mask and you can’t physically distance)
Masks are therefore not required indoors in workplaces or in machinery cabs if you can socially distance and you’re alone.
Please find below the latest information on COVID-19 from Department of Resources and how it relates to the resources sector:
Greater Brisbane lockdown
As you would have heard, Greater Brisbane is in lockdown for three days, while contact tracers work to understand the extent of COVID-19 potentially circulating in the community.
The Chief Health Officer has released the Restrictions for Impacted Areas Direction (No. 3).
From 5pm tonight, Monday 29 March, until 5pm Thursday 1 April resources workers in the local government areas of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Redlands and Logan are required to follow all lockdown rules.
Regardless of where they are today, any resources worker who was in Greater Brisbane since 20 March must apply these lockdown rules to where they are now – and only leave their home for essential reasons.
Working within Greater Brisbane
Resources workers required to undertake an essential business activity can continue to work.
If workers do need to attend a work site in Greater Brisbane during lockdown, they must wear a mask and follow all COVID-safe work practices for the resources sector.
Active contact tracing alerts and locations
Before leaving your home you should check the list of sites identified by recent contact tracing efforts to ensure you haven’t attended any of those sites. If you have visited any of those sites, or have any symptoms, you must quarantine at home immediately and follow all public health advice.
These sites are updated as contact tracing continues, it therefore important that you regularly check back to determine whether you have visited any of the identified locations.
Travelling to or from Greater Brisbane
We strongly encourage resources workers to not move outside of the Greater Brisbane lockdown area unless it is essential to do so.
If a resources worker is required to leave Greater Brisbane to undertake an essential business activity (that can’t reasonably be performed from their home-base) they must wear a mask unless it causes a risk to that person’s health and safety, and follow all COVID-safe work practices.
Resources workers can enter Greater Brisbane from outside the region to return home, or to undertake an essential business activity (that can’t reasonably be performed from their home-base). However, they must abide by all restrictions for the period of the lockdown.
Transiting through Greater Brisbane
A resources worker can drive through the Greater Brisbane area to get from one destination to another, but must do so without stopping. They also must travel in a private vehicle, such as their own car, a work car, rideshare car or a taxi.
A resources worker can transit through Brisbane airport during the lockdown period, however they must:
- not leave the airport while waiting for another flight
- quarantine until the time of another flight
- drive out of Greater Brisbane directly in a private vehicle, travel in the back seat, on the passenger side of a taxi or rideshare, or in a van with a protective shield, with a mask on if other permitted transport isn’t available.
Resources workers departing Queensland to another state or territory should check the relevant State Government border restrictions currently in place for the state they intend travelling to.
If you have any symptoms at all or have been to the contact tracing alert locations, get tested immediately and quarantine at home until you receive a negative result.
Wearing a mask
For all of Queensland, it is mandatory to carry a face mask at all times when you leave home. You must wear the mask in indoor spaces, on public transport, and in the workplace where you can’t physically distance (provided it is safe to do so).
Resources workers should follow the mandatory mask requirements.
Refer to the questions and answers for more information.