The CHO has today confirmed that resource industry workers can continue to travel to work during the 72 hour lockdown where necessary. Companies are encouraged to minimise travel from the 11 locked down LGAs wherever possible. Workers travelling from the lockdown areas should carry ID and, if possible, be able to identify as a resource industry worker i.e. a letter or payslip from the company they work for or travel in high vis with the company’s logo on it. Please find below the latest information on COVID-19 from Department of Resources and how it relates to the resources sector: South East Queensland lockdown South East Queensland is in lockdown for three days, while contact tracers work to understand the extent of COVID-19 potentially circulating in the community.
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QRC COVID-19 Working Group spoke about the following (actions in bold): The CHO has announced a further one-week extension of the requirements to wear a face mask if you are in the identified SE Qld LGAs or have been in those LGAs in the last 14 days. Persons who have visited those SEQ LGAs must wear a mask as per SE Qld until next Friday 6th August unless they have been outside the LGAs for more than 14days There has been some confusion about Border arrangements. For gas field workers travelling between operations in the NE South Australia and SW corner of Qld, exemptions are in place but workers are required to be tested within 7 days of arrival in Qld and every 7 days. For FIFOs in the NSW ‘bubble zone’, identified in the map the QRC distributed on Saturday, workers in that area can travel anywhere in Queensland for work-related purposes. They must apply for an entry pass into Queensland. It is preferable for resource companies, not contractor companies, to apply for specialist/essential worker exemptions when bringing workers into Queensland from hot spots.
Please find below the latest information on COVID-19 from Department of Resources and how it relates to the resources sector: Face masks restrictions From 6am AEST Friday 23 July until 6am AEST Friday 30 July, Face mask restrictions will continue to apply for South East Queensland. Border restrictions From 1am AEST Friday 23 July 2021 all of New South Wales will be a declared hotspot. A New South Wales border zone will come into effect at this time. This means New South Wales border zone residents can only enter Queensland for a permitted purpose, and Queensland residents can only enter the New South Wales border zone for a permitted purpose. You can cross the border from a border zone community for an essential activity, work, education or organised children's sport. See the full list of permitted purposes. You cannot cross the border for recreation or tourist activities or events, exercise or for a holiday.
Update on lockdown of 14 LGAs The Premier will make an announcement at 10 am tomorrow, (Friday 2 July) regarding the ending of the current lockdown as scheduled at 6pm Friday 2 July or its extension past that time. Indications from today’s briefing have been described as “promising” in regard to the ending of the lockdown on schedule. Mandatory Vaccination of FIFO Workers As a result of this FIFO worker being infected and travelling to a mine in the NT, there is now a push by Western Australian and Queensland Premier's to mandate vaccination of FIFO/DIDO workers.
QRC COVID-19 Working Group spoke about the following (actions in bold): • There are no changes to the rules, as relating to mine sites, that have been in place for the past few months. • Mine site workers can still be assessed as critical workers if they cannot work from home nor have their work done by another person. o A question was asked about interstate travellers and Essential Workers clarified that if an essential worker has been tested and indicated a negative result, and has travelled interstate, then they will be able to return to work. • In relation to inter-state travels, there is a specialist worker exemption being managed by the Department of Health. If workers must be brought from NSW, for example, then a specialist travel permit will be required.
The Queensland Government has today announced a 3 day lockdown and has released a further Resources update at 6:20 pm tonight, 29th June 2021. The update is listed below. From 6pm tonight, Tuesday 29 June, until 6pm Friday 2 July a three-day lockdown is in place to help stop the spread of highly contagious COVID-19 strains.
Please find below the latest information on COVID-19 from Department of Resources and how it relates to the resources sector: Changes to the Direction From 1:00am Saturday, 26 June 2021 changes to the Declared Hotspots Direction,and from 10:00am Sunday, 27 June 2021 the Interstate Places of Concern (Stay at Home in Queensland) Direction (No. 2), came into place. These changes include: Woollahra, Waverley, Randwick or City of Sydney LGA: The identified start date for the declared hotspots Woollahra, Waverley, Randwick and City of Sydney Local Government Areas (LGA) was changed to 11 June 2021. Any resources worker already in Queensland who has been in Woollahra, Waverley, Randwick or City of Sydney LGA on or since 1:00am 11 June 2021 must stay at their home or accommodation until the end of the Sydney lockdown, or until 14 days have passed since they were last in the LGA (whichever is earlier). The direction is in place until midnight on Friday 9 July 2021.
Please find below the latest information on COVID-19 from Department of Resources and how it relates to the resources sector: Victoria lockdown Victoria lockdown From midnight tonight, Victoria will enter a seven-day lockdown. The whole of Victoria will be declared a COVID-19 hotspot from 1am Friday 28 May 2021. If you arrived in Queensland before 1am AEST Thursday 27 May Any resources worker who has been in Victoria in the last 14 days who develops COVID-19 symptoms should get tested. If you have entered or are entering Queensland between 1am AEST Thursday 27 May and 12.59 am AEST Friday 28 May Any resources worker who arrives in Queensland after 1am Thursday 27 May and before 12.59pm AEST Friday 28 May and have been in Victoria in the last 14 days, must follow the same lockdown conditions as Victoria, including:
Please find below the latest information on COVID-19 from Department of Resources and how it relates to the resources sector: Western Australia lockdown From today, Western Australia (WA) has entered a three-day lockdown, and 34 local government areas and two unincorporated areas in Perth and Peel are declared COVID-19 hotspots. Anyone who was in Perth or the Peel region on or since 1am 17 April 2021 must follow testing and quarantine requirements. A new border direction (No.24) is in effect for anyone entering Queensland from the WA hotspots. A new Places of Concern direction is also in effect and refers specifically to the requirements of isolation and quarantine. Resources workers who were in Perth or Peel on or since 17 April Any resources worker currently in Queensland, who has been in the Perth or Peel hotspots on or since 1am on 17 April 2021, must follow WA lockdown requirements until the lockdown ends on 2am AEST 27 April 2021 including:
Please find below the latest information on COVID-19 from Department of Resources and how it relates to the resources sector: Easing of Greater Brisbane restrictions From midday today, Thursday 1 April, Greater Brisbane’s strict lockdown will end. You can leave your home for any purpose, however some restrictions will remain in place until Thursday 15 April 2021. Wearing a mask For all of Queensland, it is mandatory to