COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 
Updates and Information

15 January 2022

Updates for Disability Accommodation Services located across Queensland 

All visitors or staff entering a disability service SHOULD NOT BE anyone who:

  • is unwell

  • had been diagnosed with COVID-19

  • is in home quarantine, unless granted an exemption

  • has returned from overseas in the last 14 days (excluding safe travel zone countries), unless granted an exemption

  • has been in a restricted area in the last 14 days, unless the person works at the accommodation service or another exemption applies

  • lives in the same household as someone who has been in a restricted area in the last 14 days, unless the person works at the accommodation service or another exemption applies

  • is a close or secondary contact of a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, unless their quarantine period has ended

  • is unvaccinated and not visiting  for a permitted purpose. Permitted purposes include:

    • under 16 years of age; or

    • unable to receive a COVID-19 vaccination because of a medical contraindication and has evidence of a recognised medical contraindication; or

    • is a COVID-19 vaccine trial participant, and receipt of a Therapeutic Goods Administration approved COVID-19 vaccine would impact the validity of the trial. The medical certificate must not have expired.

    • visiting a resident of shared disability accommodation service for one of the following purposes:

      • end of life visit; or

      • in an emergency

      • a parent, carer, guardian or other responsible adult who is accompanying a resident; or

      • a carer or support person who provides assistance or other caring responsibilities, including advocacy services, to the person who is a resident; or.

    • is permitted to enter as an unvaccinated worker in healthcare under the Workers in a Healthcare Setting (COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements) Direction.

  • has had a COVID-19 PCR test and are waiting for the result (except for tests due to surveillance testing obligations)

  • has COVID-19 symptoms of fever (37.5 degrees or more), cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of smell or taste, runny nose, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting or fatigue.

You may enter a disability accommodation service if you do not fit into any of the above categories.

To limit the spread of COVID-19, visitors should:

  • wash their hands before entering and leaving the service

  • stay 1.5 metres away from others where possible

  • stay in the resident’s room, outside or in a specific area (avoiding communal spaces)

  • stay away when unwell

  • follow requests from the service to help keep staff and residents safe.

For full details read the Disability Accommodation Services Direction.

29 September 2021

Restrictions update for Brisbane, Gold Coast and Moreton Bay 

Face masks

Additional face mask restrictions are now in place for:

  • Brisbane

  • Gold Coast

  • Moreton Bay

Anyone who has been anywhere in the Gold Coast, Brisbane or Moreton Bay since 1am 19 September 2021 must follow these face mask requirements.

Outdoors

You must wear a face mask outdoors when you are unable to stay 1.5 metres away from people who are not from your household (including at public transport waiting areas or taxi ranks and in outdoor workplaces) unless:

  • you are alone or with the members of your household

  • you are alone in your car or with the members of your household

  • you are eating or drinking

  • you are participating in strenuous exercise

  • it is unsafe to wear a mask.

Indoors

  • You must wear a face mask at all times when you are indoors, including workplaces unless:

  • you are alone in an office or meeting room with the door closed

  • you are at your residence and there is no one else there except people you live with

  • you are eating or drinking

  • it is unsafe to wear a mask

Hospitals, residential aged care and disability accommodation services

Visiting restrictions are now in place for aged care facilities, disability services and hospitals in the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Moreton Bay.

For full details read the Disability Accommodation Services Direction.

29 June 2021

What’s changed from 1am AEST 29 June 2021
 

  • Visitors are restricted to disability accommodation services within the restricted Local Government Areas of:
     

    • City of Brisbane

    • City of Ipswich

    • Logan City

    • Moreton Bay Region

    • Redland City

    • Sunshine Coast

    • Gold Coast City

    • Noosa Shire

    • Somerset Region

    • Lockyer Valley Region

    • Scenic Rim Region
       

  • Despite these restrictions, persons may enter a restricted disability accommodation service if they are:
     

    • an employee, contractor or student of the facility

    • providing goods or services necessary for the facility’s operation

    • providing health, medical, personal care, essential disability support or pharmaceutical services to a resident

    • visiting an end of life resident

    • required for emergency management, law enforcement or to comply with an order of any court or tribunal of Australia

    • a prospective resident

    • providing behavioural, emotional or social support to a resident – with permission of the facility’s operator.
       

  • Any person (other than a resident) permitted to enter a restricted facility must not enter, or remain on, the premises without wearing a single use surgical face mask. A person does not have to wear a mask if it will create a risk to their health or safety.​

These restrictions include:
 

  • Visitors
     

    • No personal visitors – including care and support visitors – are allowed to enter

    • Only people providing an essential purpose will be allowed to enter

    • End of life visits will still be allowed

    • Anyone entering a facility must wear a single use surgical face mask.

29 March 2021

Greater Brisbane 3-day Lockdown


In line with Queensland Government's advice, the greater Brisbane region will now be subjected to new restrictions from 5pm AEST Monday 29 March 2021 to 5pm AEST Thursday 1 April 2021.


Impacted areas include:

 

  • City of Brisbane

  • City of Ipswich

  • Logan City

  • Moreton Bay Region

  • Redland City


You will be required to stay at home except for the following reasons:

  • Work, or volunteering, or study if it is not reasonably practicable to work or learn remotely

  • Shopping for essentials, food and necessary supplies

  • Medical or healthcare needs, including compassionate requirements

  • Exercise with no more than one other person, unless all from the same household

  • Providing care or assistance to an immediate family member

  • Child custody arrangements

  • Legal obligations

  • Visit for end of life

  • Attend funeral or wedding in line with restrictions

To prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home if you are sick

  • If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, get tested

  • Stay 1.5 metres away from other people—think two big steps

  • Wash your hands with soap and water, or hand sanitiser

  • Leave a location if it is crowded.


For full details read the Disability Accommodation Services Direction.

8 January 2021

Visitor Restrictions and Greater Brisbane 3-day Lockdown


In response to a positive case confirmed with UK strain of COVID-19, the Queensland Government has ordered immediate steps to protect vulnerable members of the community.


Visitors are not allowed in the Metro North, Metro South and West Moreton Hospital and Health Service regions for:

 

  • disability accommodation services

  • residential aged care facilities

  • hospitals

  • prisons our youth detention centres.


A 3-day lockdown will be imposed from 6pm tonight, Friday 8 January, until 6pm Monday 11 January people in the local government areas of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Redlands and Logan will be required to stay at home except for the following reasons:

  • Work, or volunteering, or study if it is not reasonably practicable to work or learn remotely

  • Shopping for essentials, food and necessary supplies

  • Medical or healthcare needs, including compassionate requirements

  • Exercise with no more than one other person, unless all from the same household

  • Providing care or assistance to an immediate family member

  • Child custody arrangements

  • Legal obligations

  • Visit for end of life

  • Attend funeral or wedding in line with restrictions

To prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home if you are sick

  • If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, get tested

  • Stay 1.5 metres away from other people—think two big steps

  • Wash your hands with soap and water, or hand sanitiser

  • Leave a location if it is crowded.


For full details read the Disability Accommodation Services Direction.