Please find below the latest information on COVID-19 restrictions in Greater Brisbane: The Premier has announced that the Greater Brisbane lockdown will end tonight at 6pm however some precautions will remain for the next 10 days until 1am on Friday, 22 January. The CHO has advised QRC that the resources industry is free to travel without restrictions other than those precautions applying to all Queenslanders who have been in Brisbane since the 2nd January.
[QRC media release] Queensland’s resources sector has continued to go “above and beyond” to keep workers, their families and regional communities safe following the Queensland Government’s announcement on Friday of a 72-hour lockdown for Greater Brisbane. Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said today the resources sector was committed to doing everything it could to prevent the spread of COVID. Based on the QRC’s recommendation following the announcement of the Greater Brisbane lockdown, mining and gas companies immediately and voluntarily put a three-day hold on regional travel from Greater Brisbane, unless essential from a safety or operational perspective, to help contain the spread of COVID-19.
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 ensure the UK strain of COVID-19 is not circulating in the community. The Chief Health Officer has now released the Restrictions for Impacted Areas Direction. From 6pm Friday 8 January, until 6pm Monday 11 January, resources workers in the local government areas of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Redlands and Logan are required to stay at home unless their work can’t be performed from home.
[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.
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.
As reported by Qld Government today, there has been one case of COVID community transmission in Queensland. This is a worker at a quarantine hotel. Queensland Health has indicted that the transmission has been ‘controlled and contained’, however have issued this Public Health Alert for Brisbane. This is an important reminder for all members to continue to strongly encourage
Discussed: Current restrictions in place, applications for specialist workers in hotspot areas, temperature testing at Brisbane airport.
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.