CAIRNS AND YARRABAH LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREAS (LGA’s) GO INTO 3-DAY LOCKDOWN FROM 4PM TODAY (SUNDAY 8 AUGUST) & SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND’S LOCKDOWN LIFTED AT 4PM TODAY (SUNDAY 8 AUGUST)
Dear Members and Partners,
The QHA as always are very keen to get you the most useable information possible, within the time frames we are given. Despite asking for some prior notice, we realise that we have approximately 5 hours for some major changes to member businesses. It is mixed emotions as SE Qld are released from full lockdown at 4pm today but Cairns and Yarrabah Local Government Areas head into 3 days of lockdown until 4pm Wednesday the 11th of August.
There are restrictions ahead for all parts of Queensland, whether we are in the 11 LGA’s in SE Qld, the Cairns and Yarrabah LGA’s or the Rest of the State. We have tried to outline them below, clearly and succinctly. Whilst some of our members have “been here before”, we acknowledge this is the first time for our members up north. It is essential that we keep up our compliance with the restrictions and please feel free to call on any of the QHA staff if you have questions.
I am certain this will create many issues as businesses make changes to their operations and staff, however, we will continue to work with the Qld Government to lessen the likelihood of further lockdowns. With each vaccination completed we get closer to this goal.
Thanks to all the suppliers in the industry that are reaching out to support our members and de/restocking as appropriate. Your support is greatly appreciated right across Queensland.
CAIRNS AND YARRABAH LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREAS (LGA’s) GO INTO 3-DAY LOCKDOWN FROM 4PM TODAY (SUNDAY 8 AUGUST)
Hotels can open for take-away food and beverage only
- Hotels can provide takeaway food and beverage services.
- There is to be no on-premise trading activity.
- Customers can order, pay and collect their take-away purchases from within the venue.
Note: as people are required to wear masks, a ‘No Mask, No Service’ policy should be enforced unless the person has an exemption from wearing a mask. Venues are to accept a person’s claim of an exemption from wearing a mask without requiring the person to provide them proof. This is different to a person who refuses to wear a mask who should be refused service.
People in these areas can only leave home for the one of these four reasons:
- To buy essentials like groceries or medications
- Work or study if you can’t do either from home
- Exercise locally
- Healthcare or to provide help, care or support.
Residents of these areas must also wear masks everywhere except at home.
Accommodation rooms are treated as residences for the duration of a customer’s stay. Guests should only leave their rooms for one of the four reasons above. If a guest chooses to, they can check out and return directly home if within the lockdown period.
There may cases of genuine business travel (i.e. Bernie flies to Cairns tomorrow on genuine business) the person can stay and leave only for any of the four stated reasons.
SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND’S LOCKDOWN LIFTED AT 4PM TODAY (SUNDAY 8 AUGUST)
The lockdown for the 11 LGA’s in South East Queensland is being lifted from 4pm this afternoon. The following trading restrictions will be in place:
For members in the 11 LGA’s (Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Somerset, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Gold Coast) from 4pm you can open with:
- Venue capacity at 1 person per 4 square meters (1:4) or 50% for ticketed and allocated seating.
- Face mask wearing will continue to apply.
- Masks must be worn in venues but may be removed when eating and drinking. Service staff should wear a mask.
Members can access the updated information: Click here
TRADING CONDITIONS FOR REST OF QUEENSLAND (other than Cairns and Yarrabah the 11 S.E Qld LGA’s as above):
- All indoor spaces are allowed 1 person per 2 square metres or 100 per cent capacity with ticketed and allocated seating.
- Outdoor areas can have an unlimited number of people.
- Masks wearing is not mandatory
- Patrons can stand for eating and drinking.
- Dancing is allowed at 1 person per 2 square metres.
- Self-service buffets can continue to operate in all businesses.
Information for all venues:
New Checklist replaces the Industry COVID Safe Plan:
- The requirement for Industry Plans has been removed. Restricted businesses must now comply with the COVID Safe Checklist CLICK HERE
- Restricted businesses must ensure that a signed copy of the Checklist is displayed at the business premises.
- The Checklist replaces the Statement of Compliance.
Check In Qld app:
- Mandatory use of the Check In Qld app has been expanded to include all retail businesses (retailers, supermarkets, shopping centres or any business where the public ordinarily enters to obtain goods and services). All patrons, staff and contractors should check in.
- This includes attached and detached bottle shops. Members are advised to register an individual QR Code for each retail outlet.
- For patrons using a drive-thru bottle shop service and not leaving the vehicle, no check in is required.