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8 October 2021

Easing of COVID-19 restrictions affecting Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Gold Coast, Logan, Townsville & Palm Island LGAs from 4pm on 8 October 2021

Latest advice from Queensland Health:

Queensland Health has today advised the easing from 4 pm on Friday 8 October of Stage 2 COVID-19 restrictions  in place since 28 September in the Local Government Areas (LGAs) of – Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Gold Coast, Logan, Townsville (including Magnetic Island) and Palm Island.

What this means

From 4 pm on Friday 8 October, visits can resume to SCC Edens Landing (Connolly Court), SCC Stretton and SCC Holland Park (Duhig Village).

The restrictions related to anyone living or working in the previoulsy restricted LGAs of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Gold Coast, Logan, Townsville and Palm Island will also be lifted from 4 pm on Friday 8 October, and people living or working in those LGAs will be permitted to visit a residential aged care facility anywhere in Queensland.

Details about these changes can be found in the Queensland government’s Roadmap to Easing Queensland restrictions.

Please remain mindful at all times of these further, ongoing COVID-safe protocols:

  • practice physical distancing as much as possible – for example, on shared transport and in public spaces
  • wash your hands often, using soap and water or hand sanitiser
  • sneeze or cough into their arm or a tissue, then put the tissue in the bin
  • stay home and get tested if you are unwell or have been in a known exposure site.

This advice should be followed even if you have had the COVID-19 vaccine.

For further information on this update please see  the Queensland Health website.

In addition, we encourage you to keep a close eye on Queensland Health’s contract tracing alerts and ensure you get tested and isolate until you receive the results if you have visited any exposure sites.

As a reminder, to protect the health and wellbeing of our communities, when visiting any of our Residential Aged Care homes, you must continue to:

  • scan in using the Queensland Health QR code
  • scan in using the Zipline functionality which includes having your temperature recorded
  • wash your hands before entering and prior to leaving
  • stay 1.5 metres away from others where possible
  • avoid communal spaces, staying in the resident’s room or in a specific area including outside
  • follow requests from staff to help keep you, residents and staff safe.

 Visits are not permitted by anyone who:

  • is subject to stay at home orders including waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test
  • is unwell, has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or asked to quarantine
  • has returned from overseas in the last 14 days (excluding safe travel zone countries)
  • is a close contact unless their quarantine period has ended
  • has visited a COVID-19 hotspot
  • has visited a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days or since the hotspot was declared (whichever is shorter) –
  • has visited an interstate exposure venue in the last 14 days unless an exemptions has been granted for an end-of-life visit
  • 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
  • from 30 May 2021, has not had the 2021 flu vaccine if available to them.

Queensland Health is urging everyone to get a COVID-19 vaccination.

For further information –

LATEST COVID-19 UPDATES FROM QUEENSLAND HEALTH

See the Fact Sheet on COVID-19 from Queensland Health

FAQs on COVID-19 vaccination from the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance.