Easing of Restrictions and expansion of the Check in Qld App
From Friday, 25th June 2021 businesses will be able to take another step in their recovery from COVID from Friday as restrictions ease, but there are new rules business owners need to be aware of regarding the Check In Qld app.
For details see the Queensland Government COVID website.
Key changes to be aware of:
- Expand the mandatory use of the Check in Qld app to more businesses and services to further support Queensland’s effective and rapid contract tracing capability.
- Introduce a COVID Safe Checklist to be used by all businesses, replacing COVID-19 industry plans and event plans. A COVID Safe Event Checklist where there is dancing has also been developed.
- Increase indoor occupant density to 3 persons per 4 sqm.
- Allow for self-service buffets in all settings.
- Remove limits on private gatherings with contact information to be collected for gatherings of more than 100 people.
- The requirement for Industry Plans has been removed. Restricted businesses must now comply with a COVID Safe Checklist
These changes recognise and strengthen Queensland’s capacity to deliver targeted and effective public health responses in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak. They also support Queensland’s social activities and an open economy in the new ‘COVID-19 normal’.
Expanding the use of Check In Qld will create greater certainty for the public health response and support increased flexibility in the level of restrictions imposed in the event of a transmission event.
Actions for your business
It’s important businesses are aware of their obligations from July 9 and provide check-in details if they’re among those who are required to comply with the new rules to help the small business sector on its journey back to business as usual.
The Queensland Government is expanding the use of the Check in Qld app to allow for quicker contact tracing, allowing a targeted response in the event of a community outbreak. Click here to register your business, and receive a business starter kit that includes display posters with a unique QR Code within 3 business days.
From 1am Friday 9 July, the Check in Qld app is now being expanded to include other types of businesses such as (but not limited to):
- venues that attract large crowds, such as stadiums, convention centres, theme parks, concert venues and cinemas
- shopping centres and indoor retail settings, including supermarkets, pharmacies, bank branches, hardware stores and newsagents
- indoor markets
- beauty and personal care service, such as hairdressing, beauty therapy and nail services
- indoor events, such as cultural festival and expos
- outdoor events with dancing
- leisure and recreation facilities, such as gyms, health clubs, indoor sports facilities and indoor pools
- short-term residential facilities such as hotels, boarding houses and short-term holiday rentals
- outdoor recreation, such as caravan parks, camping areas, zoos and aquariums
- public-facing government services, such as customer service counters in government buildings, galleries, museums, libraries and community centres such as recreation halls
- weddings, funerals and places of worship (only required if indoor)
- higher education institutions, such as universities, TAFEs and registered training organisations
- adult entertainment venues
- hospitals, residential aged care, disability service accommodation (applies to visitors, volunteers and contractors, not staff or patients/residents).