18 August 2021 | DOWNLOAD PDF
COVID-19 restrictions in South East Queensland, Cairns and Yarrabah
Information contained in this Newsflash should be read in conjunction with updates from Mary Campbell and Queensland’s Chief Health Officer (CHO).
Pending further announcements from the CHO, the pathway out of the most recent COVID-19 lockdowns includes the retention of some restrictions for South East Queensland, Cairns and Yarrabah. These restrictions are currently set to remain in place until 4pm on Sunday 22 August.
The current restrictions include the mandatory wearing of a face mask when outside your home, including on public transport. Face masks must also be worn indoors, including in workplaces and schools, even when social distancing is possible. This applies in the following local government areas:
- Cairns Regional Council
- City of Brisbane
- Moreton Bay Regional Council
- City of Gold Coast
- City of Ipswich
- Lockyer Valley Regional Council
- Logan City
- Noosa Shire Council
- Redland City
- Scenic Rim Regional Council
- Somerset Regional Council
- Sunshine Coast Regional Council
- Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council.
This link will redirect you to the Queensland Government’s website, specifically to the Restrictions for Impacted Areas page. The QTU is seeking clarification from the CHO on other exemptions that might apply in TAFE settings. Until further health advice is provided, however, it is reasonable for TAFE Queensland to direct students and employees to follow the health restrictions.
There have been isolated reports from some QTU Reps in schools regarding inadequate compliance with the mandatory wearing of masks. To be clear, the QTU supports the health, safety and wellbeing of our members and their communities. As a health and safety measure, the QTU supports the wearing of masks.
The QTU has been lobbying the Queensland Government to include educators as priority workers for COVID-19 vaccines. The Queensland Government initially agreed to include educators working in our hospital and prison schools and, following the recent outbreak of COVID-19 in schools in Brisbane’s western suburbs, also announced that workers in childcare and schools, as well as FIFO and freight workers, will be prioritised for COVID vaccinations.
The QTU calculates that this accounts for approximately 150,000 employees. The QTU continues to advocate for the 3,979 employees of TAFE Queensland to be included in the priority educator workforce.
Authorised by Kate Ruttiman, General Secretary, Queensland Teachers' Union
21 Graham Street, Milton, QLD, Australia, 4064