Information for businesses – COVID (2022)

Updated 19 January 2022 – scroll down for details

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From 1am Saturday 15 Jan, vaccinated international arrivals will have no period of quarantine, subject to federal regulations. Only certain visa category holders and fully vaccinated international travellers from Safe Travel Zone countries may enter Queensland. 

Masks are required indoors across Queensland.

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2022 school year to start on February 7

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Posted 19 January 2022

From 1am Saturday 22 January, vaccinated international arrivals will have no period of quarantine and can enter directly via any Queensland international airport.

Those arriving will need to have a RAT within 24 hours of arrival.

For unvaccinated international travellers who have Commonwealth approval to enter Australia, they will be required to undertake a period of 14 days quarantine in a Queensland Government nominated facility. Keep an eye on the Queensland Health website as more information comes to hand.

Media statement – Restrictions on vaccinated international arrivals ease

Despite the reopening of Queensland’s international borders on Saturday 22 January, the entry of international travellers remains subject to federal regulations. Accordingly, only certain visa category holders and fully vaccinated international travellers from Safe Travel Zone countries may enter Queensland. 

A list of federal travel restrictions from the Department of Home Affairs can be found here. A comprehensive list of visa subclasses available to international travellers can be accessed here. Many of the listed visas are applicable to workers seeking to be employed in our tourism and hospitality industry. 

Posted 13 January 2022

From 1am Saturday 15 Jan, Queensland’s domestic border restrictions are being lifted with Queensland expected to reach the 90 per cent double dose vaccination target around the end of next week.

Restrictions on vaccinated international arrivals will remain until Queensland reaches 90 per cent double dose.

Media statement – Queensland’s border changes

Posted 10 January 2022

2022 school year to start on February 7

The start of the 2022 school year in Queensland will move from Monday January 24 to Monday  February 7 to avoid opening schools during the predicted peak of the Omicron wave and to allow more time for children to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations.

Directed remote learning won’t be offered at this stage other than for years 11 and 12. An extensive range of resources and activities will be available to students via learning@home site.

The new term start date of February 7 will apply to all Queensland primary schools, secondary schools, including Catholic and independent, and state delivered and sessional kindies.

Long day care will stay open subject to workforce capacity.

More information can be found here on the Department of Education website – education.qld.gov.au/

Rule change to ensure critical work goes ahead

Critical Queensland workers will be able to provide essential services while they are classified close contacts provided they meet strict health criteria.

Workers will need to be fully vaccinated and must wear a mask.

They must be asymptomatic.

Critical or essential workers who are eligible and are able to work during the usual close contact quarantine period will be required to: 

  • travel to and from work in a private vehicle
  • while travelling and working, wear appropriate PPE
  • maintain personal hygiene (hand washing etc)
  • undertake regular symptom surveillance 
  • undertake a RAT on Day 6, consistent with the requirements for all close contacts.

Employers need to determine if their organisation or business falls under the narrow list of critical industries, then identify which roles within their organisation are critical and cannot be performed from home, before notifying the Queensland Government.

A ‘critically essential worker’ will be defined as someone employed in one of the following industries, who must be in the workplace to do their job:

  • health 
  • emergency services, including Police
  • the resource sector  
  • power/utilities
  • agriculture and fisheries production
  • freight and logistics
  • public transport
  • teachers
  • essential retail such as supermarkets and stores in remote locations/communities
  • major manufacturing, distribution, and critical supply chains (for example food and petrol).

If at any stage they develop symptoms, they need to return to quarantine immediately. While they can go to work if they are a critical worker, they must continue to follow all other quarantine requirements.

Media statement – Rule change to ensure critical work goes ahead

Posted 1 January 2022

Starting 1am Sunday January 2022, masks will be required indoors across Queensland to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The Chief Health Officer has ordered masks be worn indoors everywhere except in the family home and workplaces where it is unsafe.

Masks are already required:

  • In supermarkets and shops
  • Public transport and rideshare
  • Airports and on planes
  • Cinemas and theatres
  • From 1am Sunday, January 2 they will also be required in other indoor settings, such as:
  • In workplaces (unless it is unsafe to do so)
  • Pubs, clubs and cafes (except when seated)
  • Indoors stadiums and sports arenas (except when seated)
  • Libraries
  • Hairdressers and nail salons
  • Waiting rooms at a medical centre
  • In addition, employers are urged to return to work-from-home arrangements where possible.

Access to vulnerable settings including aged care and hospitals is limited to only those who are fully vaccinated except in end of life, childbirth or emergencies.

The Queensland Government is moving forward with the next stage of its strategy for managing COVID-19 patients, including plans to care for most cases at home so hospitals can focus on the seriously ill. The COVID Care Pathways plan was designed to keep Queenslanders safe as case numbers climbed following the easing of border restrictions.

The toolkit has been co-designed with consumers, GPs and our Health and Hospital Services to help people prepare for becoming positive. There are steps Queenslanders can take now to be ready if they test positive.

  • Put together a COVID-Ready Kit, including a thermometer, pain relief, and extra supplies of your regular medications
  • Fill in a COVID care plan for yourself or your dependents, so your carers can quickly get to the heart of any pre-existing conditions.
  • Put in place childcare plans, or who might feed your pets, if you had to isolate or go to hospital.

Learn what you can do to Get COVID-Ready by visiting www.qld.gov.au/covid-ready.

Factsheet: Managing the risk for COVID-19 exposures in businesses and venues

Get COVID-ready with the toolkit designed with consumers, GPs and the Queensland Health and Hospital Services.

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