COVID Holiday Update
With recently declared hotspots and the school holidays fast approaching, it is important to remember to plan any travel outside of the region safely. Whilst there is some general COVID guidance below, remember that road accidents still tragically claim many lives each holiday, so please be careful when driving during these busier times.
Greater Melbourne and the Waverly Council region in Eastern Sydney are both declared hotspots. This means that anyone returning to Qld from these areas will need to enter 14 days of government arranged quarantine. The Qld government strongly urges anyone intending to travel to these areas to reconsider.
If you are planning on a bit of a getaway, it may pay to avoid areas that have a history of COVID outbreaks, or where it looks likely that heath alerts or restrictions may be put in place. It is recommenced that if you are traveling outside of the region, that you regularly check the Qld Government website for the latest updates on COVID related public health alerts, lockdowns and travel restrictions that may affect you. Where possible, try to utilise travel and accommodation providers that have clear COVID cancellation processes.
From Saturday 19th June, if you are returning to Queensland from a state that does not currently have any hotspots, you must complete a Queensland travel declaration up to 3 days prior to your arrival into Queensland. The form should take about 3 minutes to complete and will be issued immediately via email.
If you have been to a declared COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days or since the start date identified for the hotspot (whichever is shorter), or if you have been to a state or territory that has a declared COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days, then you must complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass 3 business days before entering Queensland. With the current situation, this will apply to anyone returning from NSW or Victoria.
COVID contract tracing update
After another confirmed COVID case in Queensland, a public heath alert has been issued for a few venues in Brisbane. Contact tracing alerts are still current for anyone returning from Sydney or Melbourne.
Queensland: If you have been to Southeast Queensland since the 5th June, please check the relevant exposure sites here. Please note that there are quite a few lists here, so please ensure you check all of them.
New South Wales: If you have been to Sydney since the 2nd June, please check the relevant exposure sites here. Waverley LGA in Eastern Sydney is now a declared hotspot.
Victoria: If you have returned from Melbourne’s Northern Suburbs since the 2nd June, please check the relevant exposure sites here. (Please note that all of Greater Melbourne is still classified as a COVID hotspot).
If you have been to any of these locations at the relevant times you must do the following:
- Immediately travel by private transport directly to your home or accommodation and quarantine
- Get tested at your earliest opportunity
- Complete the online contact tracing form by clicking on the name for the relevant location in the table below. A pop up window will appear with specific advice for that location and a link to the form. If you are unable to complete the contact tracing form please call 134 COVID (134 268).
- Continue to quarantine even after receiving a negative result. After you complete the contact tracing form you will be contacted by Queensland Health.