It is imperative that venues continue to trade compliantly and responsibly in Stage 3. The current easing of restrictions will only continue if we demonstrate to the Government and Community that our venues are safe. To do this, venues MUST:
1. CONTINUE TO COLLECT CONTACT TRACING DETAILS
All venues must collect and keep contact information for ALL guests and staff attending their venue. This is absolutely critical and will be an area of compliance focus from OLGR and Queensland Police.
The following information for each person must be recorded and retained for a period of 56 days:
Date / Name / Address OR Email / Phone number / Time period of patronage
QHA has been working closely with Queensland Health regarding clarification of the Time period of patronage. Venues MUST collect the time of arrival. It will be a non-mandatory recommendation for patrons to sign out. More information will be provided including required signage to support this from OLGR.
Privacy and accuracy These records must be complete and accurate, as they are critical for health authorities to contact trace efficiently if a person subsequently diagnosed with COVID-19 attended your venue.
Ensure there is sufficient supervision of patrons entering their correct details. Be mindful of patron privacy – ensure details of unrelated groups are not visible to each other. If using a master sign-in sheet, cover the details of previous entries.
For a QHA Contact Tracing Details Form - CLICK HERE
2. STAGE 3 INDUSTRY COVID SAFE PLAN AND SIGNED CHECKLISTS AVAILABLE
Ensure you are working in compliance with the COVID SAFE Industry plan for Hotels, Clubs, Nightclubs and Adult Entertainment (‘Plan’) for Stage 3 which includes the COVID Safe Checklists (as applicable) for:
- Food and Beverage Areas
- Reception, entry and exit, offices and communal areas
- Gaming rooms
- Entertainment (DJ and Live Entertainment areas), and
- Entertainment (Adult Entertainment areas)
Venues should have the Plan and signed checklists available on request for inspection by authorities. Access the Plan HERE.
3. CALCULATE YOUR VENUE’S TOTAL CAPACITY
Stage 3 trading is based on a venue’s total floor space (venue capacity). The maximum number of patrons permitted in any venue at any one time is determined by the 4 square metre (sqm) rule (1:4m2). Smaller venues with a floor space of 200 sqm or less can have up to 1 person per 2 sqm, to a maximum total of 50 patrons at a time.
Calculating your capacity: Determining your venue capacity is based on the total area of your business which is open to or used by the public.
Note: the distribution of patrons across areas of the venue is not strictly mandated by the 1:4m2 rule (other than in the gaming area), in line with the removal of the Stage 2 defined areas (pods of 20 patrons). For example, in the dining room there may be 2 tables of 10 people, appropriately spaced, in an area less than 80m2.
Access the venue capacity sign HERE
4. SUPPORT PHYSICAL DISTANCING
Ensuring physical distancing occurs in licensed venues is a shared responsibility of patrons and the licensee and their staff. Patrons should observe physical distancing where possible when attending a venue by remaining 1.5 metres from others, unless they are in the same group. Venues should encourage this via complying with their total venue capacity number, signage, furniture placement and management of point-of-sale areas, queues and bathroom facilities. By complying with the total capacity as based on 1:4m2 rule, venues are providing adequate opportunity for people to observe physical distancing. It is also important to manage your business so that patrons are spread across the venue to allow for physical distancing to occur.
5. REQUIRED SIGNAGE AND SUMMARY
IN SUMMARY - YOU MUST ENSURE YOU:
- Display COVID entry signage – ENTRY SIGNAGE
- Display the Statement of Compliance: STATEMENT OF COMPLIANCE
- Comply with your venue’s total capacity: CAPACITY STATEMENT
- Collect contact tracing information. This must include date, name, address or email, mobile phone number and time: CONTRACT TRACING TEMPLATE
- Trade in compliance with the COVID SAFE Industry plan for Hotels, Clubs, Nightclubs and Adult Entertainment for Stage 3. Have the Plan and signed Checklists available for inspection.
Considering the COVID-19 outbreaks in Victoria and the opening of the Queensland border, it is important we remain vigilant in our compliance and safety. Please contact the QHA for advice and assistance. See the following links to further Stage 3 information: