QRC COVID-19 Working Group spoke about the following (actions in bold):
- Guidelines are still being established by DoR in consultation with QH and will be distributed to members as soon as QRC receives a copy. The guidelines will have a holistic focus to include all business and supply chains for critical industries, including Ports. The guidelines will also include responsibilities relating to contact tracing.
- Members were advised that in relation to the question on mess facilities, the Public Health and Social Measures linked to vaccination status Direction | Queensland Health has been published on the Queensland Health Government website, and comes into effect from 1am Friday 17 December 2021.For Dine-in canteens such as those in mining camps, (see Schedule 1B – Unvaccinated persons may enter – other requirements apply to venue), both vaccinated and unvaccinated staff can enter and utilise these facilities.
- It was noted that taverns connected to mine sites are included in the above directive.
- Clarification relating to persons travelling to Queensland from interstate from Monday 13 December was provided – a PCR test conducted by an approved provider will be required. A sample of the PCR test can be couriered to a place of choice with negative test results to be retained for presentation to QH if requested.
- QH will be circulating guidelines regarding the treatment of positive cases in and around mine sites once these have been finalised. The guidelines will include specific instructions relating to quarantine requirements for positive carriers and close contacts (for both vaccinated and un-vaccinated persons), as well as the definition of what constitutes a close contact.
- Confirmation that Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) is not a recognised diagnostic tool but is suitable for use as a monitoring tool. The current dedicated temperature testing area at Brisbane Airport will be available to members to undertake RAT.
- Reports suggest that the latest Covid-19 variant (Omicron) is more contagious than the Delta strain, however early reports indicate negative health impacts are not more severe than the Delta strain.
- Workplaces should continue to monitor their workforce once the borders re-open, continuing with social distancing where possible, hand hygiene and anyone with even the mildest of symptoms should immediately isolate and get tested.
- A directive covering borders is expected to be distributed by DoR in the near future. QRC will organise another call at that point.