Public Health Measures for Queensland Businesses from 17 December 2021 (or 80% Vaccination).
Thank you to ACWA Member Ben Haycroft (Workplace Central) and Director Richard Brown for providing details released yesterday regarding COVID control measures for business post the Queensland 80% double vaccinated landmark (estimated to be 17 December 2021.
At this time, the only information we have been able to access for businesses is available at the following link https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/queensland-restrictions-80-percent-vaccination?_cldee=ZGVyZWtAYm1hZ2Jpei5jb20uYXU%3d&recipientid=account-cbad5625cb99ea11a811000d3a795180-eb06b7048db84f278f5a7733a730a9c5&esid=551aea88-0f41-ec11-8c62-0022481591cb
In summary, when Queensland hits the target of 80% double dose, unvaccinated people will not be able to access “non-essential” services. Importantly, both staff and customers must be fully vaccinated to work in or visit any business where restrictions exist.
Essential businesses will be prescribed when the Chief Medical Officer issues the official public health directions. However, the government is suggesting essential services will be those that remained open during lockdowns. They have further indicated that the venues or activities most likely to be impacted are those with a higher risk of transmission or settings where contact tracing can be difficult. These conditions are unlikely to impact car wash operations.
ACWA has previously written to the Queensland Government to ensure car washing is considered essential. We will follow this through in the coming days; however, the summary provided below indicates there should be no issue for the continued operation of car washing for all members of the community. See the information here https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0021/220377/DPC7976-Vaccine-status-plan.pdf
Operators should note that it is required that businesses make all reasonable efforts to collect contact information using the Check-In Qld App about all people who enter the premises (including staff) unless an exception applies.
ACWA strongly recommends that if operators have not already done so, they ensure sites have appropriate signage and are using the Check-In Queensland QR Code system. Details can be found here https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/public-health-directions/business-activity
ACWA will provide additional advice when it becomes available.