Queensland business COVID-19 updates: Your guide

In response to the lockdowns in March, June and July/August 2021, we are calling for a COVID-19 Hotspot Recovery Package for business. Click here to learn more.

Stay updated on the latest COVID restrictions in Queensland relevant to your business and what they mean for you with CCIQ's rolling coverage. 

Last updated:  Monday, 2 August at 4:50pm (AEST)

 

COVID-19 Business Support Grants

Your business may be eligible for financial support through the 2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grants. You may be eligible to receive a grant of $5,000 (excluding GST) to be used for business expenses.

The grant provides support to employing small and medium businesses across Queensland impacted by the South East Queensland lockdown that commenced on 31 July 2021. Your business doesn't have to be located in South East Queensland, but you must have experienced at least a 30% reduction in turnover as a result of the lockdown.

Grants are also available for large businesses in the hospitality and tourism sector operating in the 11 local government areas in the lockdown, subject to meeting eligibility criteria. 

 

How to apply

  • You will need to apply online with supporting evidence. Grants will be processed in the order the Queensland Government receives them.
  • You will be paid the grant funds within 2 weeks of being notified that your application has been approved.

For more information, head to the Queensland Government website.

 

South East Queensland lockdown extended until Sunday, 8 August

The lockdown impacting South East Queensland has been extended until 4pm Sunday, 8 August 2021. Anyone who was in South-East Queensland at or after 1am Saturday 31 July 2021 is required to follow the same lockdown rules even if they are no longer in South-East Queensland.

For more information, head to the Queensland Government website.

 

Impacted local government areas:

  • Brisbane City
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council
  • Gold Coast
  • Ipswich
  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council
  • Logan City
  • Noosa Shire Council
  • Redland City
  • Scenic Rim Regional Council
  • Somerset Regional Council
  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council

 

How the lockdown may impact your business

  • Non-essential businesses are not allowed to operate.
  • Cinemas, entertainment and recreation venues, hairdressers, beauty and personal care services, gyms and places of worship will all close.
  • Childcare centres will remain open for children of essential workers.
  • Restaurants and cafes can provide take away or home delivery services only.

Funerals, weddings, aged and other care

  • Funerals will be limited to 10 people, and weddings will be limited to 10 people, including the celebrant and the couple.
  • Restrictions on aged care, hospitals, disability care and correctional facilities apply with no personal visitors allowed. Anyone attending these facilities in South East Queensland, including staff, must wear a mask. People will still be able to visit their loved ones who are at end of life.

For more information, visit the Queensland Government website.

 

Financial support for Queensland workers

Queenslanders in the 11 LGAs will be eligible to receive $750 per week if they lose 20 hours or more of work as a result of the lockdown. For those who lose between 8 and 20 hours, $450 will be handed out.

You can submit your claim from Sunday 8 August 2021.

Visit the Australian Government's COVID-19 Disaster Payment page for more information.

 

Lockdown rules

During the lockdown period, you can only leave your residence (which includes temporary accommodation such as a holiday rental) for limited permitted purposes such as:

  • obtaining essential goods or services within 10km, including healthcare
  • exercise in your local area
  • attending essential work or school, and childcare for the children of essential workers or vulnerable children
  • assisting vulnerable persons
  • obtaining a COVID-19 test or vaccination

For more information, visit the Queensland Government website.

 

Masks

You must carry a face mask with you at all times. You must wear a face mask at all times when you are outside your home, unless:

  • you are alone in your car or with the members of your household
  • you are eating or drinking
  • you are alone outdoors or with members of your household
  • you are participating in strenuous exercise
  • it is unsafe.
  • Masks must be worn in any indoor workplace even where social distancing is possible.

There are some other exceptions to wearing face masks, including for children under 12 and people with particular medical conditions or disabilities. If in doubt, wear a face mask.

For more information, visit the Queensland Government website.

 

Check In Qld app reminder

The Check In Qld app is mandatory for new sectors from July 9.

Affected businesses include hospitality, accommodation, arts and recreation, retail trade, healthcare and education. See 
here for details.