[QRC media release] Queensland’s resources sector is working with the Queensland Government in support of the COVID-19 three-day lockdown announced by the Premier today. Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane says the resources sector remains committed to keeping its workers, their families and those Queenslanders living in mining regions safe. The resources sector is managing the impact on production as companies cease FIFO movements out of Greater Brisbane to regional Queensland during the lockdown. As well, resource companies are ensuring their regional worksites operate under strict COVID-safe plans and are isolating workers who have travelled from Greater Brisbane since 2 January from the local community they work in.
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Discussed: Brisbane quarantine hotel worker who recently tested positive to a new highly contagious strain of COVID-19, the Greater Brisbane Area (GBA) 3-day hard lockdown from 6.00pm on Friday 8 January until 6.00pm Monday 11 January 2021, Qld Health contact tracing, resources industry is still an essential industry.
As you would be aware, the Premier has today declared Brisbane to be a hotspot and to be locked down for 72 hrs from 6pm tonight til 6pm Monday. People in the Greater Brisbane area (Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Redlands and Moreton Region Council Areas) will be required to stay in their houses for the period of the lockdown other than to exercise, shop for food or care for others and must wear masks outside their house. Essential workers (including resource industry workers) will be able to travel to work, though not use public transport, but should work from home wherever possible.
Please find below the latest information on COVID-19 from Department of Resources and how it relates to the resources sector: New South Wales Northern Beaches COVID-19 cluster The COVID-19 cluster in the Northern Beaches of New South Wales (NSW) has now increased to 17 positive cases. This means that any resources workers who have arrived in Queensland since 11 December from the Northern Beaches region are required to get tested and quarantine in their home or accommodation for 14 days from the date they left the Northern Beaches.
Discussed: New COVID cases in NSW, temperature testing at Brisbane airport (BAC), testing space car park, essential workers continuing travel, coordination with Qld Health re: vaccine, Resource Industry Development Plan.
Discussed: Qld COVID cases, border restrictions, COVID testing, airport temperature testing (BAC), COVID vaccine, MSQ update, Budget estimates update
Discussed: Border Direction #17, Adelaide hotspot and travel, specialist worker exemptions, essential worker travel permits, temperature testing arrangements at Brisbane airport (BAC).
Please find below the latest information on COVID-19 from Department Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRME) and how it relates to the resources sector: Border changes and COVID-19 hotspots From 11.59pm on Monday 16 November, 20 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in South Australia are declared COVID-19 hotspots, meaning travel from there to Queensland is restricted. Queensland residents who have been in a South Australia hotspot since Monday, 9 November and want to return will now need to enter hotel quarantine on arrival and at their own expense. Anyone other than a Queensland resident who has been in a newly declared hotspot arriving in Queensland will not be allowed to enter. The only exceptions to this are people allowed to enter for permitted purposes, such as specialist or essential workers. Specialist and essential worker exemption process There is
Discussed: BAC temperature testing space, MSQ crew changes, NSW/QLD bubble area, QRC's campaign, part 1, 2 and 3, automated specialist worker system, DNRME streamlined system
Please find below the latest information on COVID-19 from Department Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRME) and how it relates to the resources sector: Applying for an exemption because of an emergency event Under the updated border direction, workers providing emergency energy, drinking water, sewerage, liquid fuel, telecommunications or resources services can enter Queensland.