A public health direction issued by the Chief Health Officer will require patrons of a number of Council facilities and events to be vaccinated from 17 December.
The Public Health and Social Measures linked to vaccination status Direction was issued on 7 December and takes effect from 5am AEST on Friday 17 December.
Council facilities which will require patrons to be vaccinated under the State Government directive include:
- Moncrieff Entertainment Centre
- Bundaberg Recreational Precinct
- Hinkler Hall of Aviation
- Alexandra Park Zoo
- Cultural, art and music festivals where ticketed entry applies
- Outdoor community events
- Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery
- Childers Art Space
Community halls will be subject to COVID occupancy limits of no more than one person per two square metres for areas open to or used by visitors.
Council owned libraries remain exempt from the vaccination mandate at this time.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the vaccination status direction provided clarity over exactly what was expected and how the mandate would work.
“Queensland is marching toward its 17 December milestone of easing restrictions on some businesses, so it is crucial people know what the rules mean for them,” the Premier said.
From December 17, there will be no capacity restrictions on businesses permitted to only allow fully vaccinated people to attend their premises.
This includes pubs, cafes, restaurants, indoor and outdoor entertainment venues, festivals, and Queensland Government-owned galleries, museums, and libraries.
The government has advised that, as with all health directions, police will be responsible for enforcement.
Under the public health direction there will be restrictions on unvaccinated people but those people can still access essential services and activities, such as retail outlets, places of worship and public transport.
Venues, including impacted Council facilities, will prominently display signage that makes the vaccination requirements of entry clear.
Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Yvette D’Ath said the government would not tolerate those who wilfully flouted their obligations and put the community at risk of COVID-19.
“Businesses will have the right to deny entry to unvaccinated people and anyone who refuses to comply with an order can be fined up to $1,378.50 and face imprisonment,” Ms Dath said.
She added that it was crucial Queenslanders and tourists continued using the Check In Qld app, as the state prepares for borders to re-open on December 13.
Minister for Employment and Small Business Di Farmer said December 17 marked a new COVID normal for everyone.
“When you are visiting these places, please respect the staff and the rules that they have in place, because aggressive and abusive behaviour will simply not be tolerated, and penalties will apply for those patrons who do not comply,” she said.
To view the Queensland Government health direction visit https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/queensland-restrictions-update/public-health-and-social-measures-linked-to-vaccination-status.
Resources for businesses included in the vaccination status direction, including signage, can be downloaded here.
For COVID-19 enquiries, including hotspots, border passes, restrictions, contact tracing or testing, visit www.covid19.qld.gov.au or call 134 COVID (13 42 68).