Update to Queensland COVID-19 Restricted Areas affecting disability and aged care
From 8:00am, Thursday 17 September 2020, the following Local Government Areas that form the Gold Coast and Darling Downs regions have been removed from the List of restricted areas for the purposes of Queensland COVID-19 Restricted Areas Direction (No.5):
- Gold Coast City
- South Burnett Region
- Goondiwindi Region
- Southern Downs Region
- Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire
- Toowoomba Region
- Western Downs Region.
This applies to the following Directions:
Public Health Direction – Aged Care (No. 10) or its successor
Public Health Direction – Hospital Visitors (No. 6) or its successor
Public Health Direction – Movement and Gathering (No. 4) or its successor
Public Health Direction – Disability Accommodation Services (No. 3) or its successor
This means that shared disability accommodation services in the Gold Coast and Darling Downs regions are no longer considered restricted shared disability accommodation services. While the general guidance under the Public Health Direction – Disability Accommodation Services (No. 3) still applies, there are no longer general restrictions on personal visitors in these services or a requirement for anyone entering the service to wear PPE. It remains a requirement that a person must not enter a shared disability accommodation services if:
- during the 14 days immediately preceding the entry, the person arrived in Australia from a place outside Australia; or
- during the 14 days immediately preceding the entry, the person has been in a COVID-19 hotspot; or
- during the 14 days immediately preceding the entry, the person had known contact with a person who has a confirmed case of COVID-19; or
- the person has a temperature equal to or higher than 37.5 degrees or symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
Restrictions on Movement and Gathering do remain in place with further information about these Directions, including questions and answers on the Queensland Health website.