COVID Safe Businesses | Queensland Government

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COVID Safe Businesses

Eased restrictions for businesses From 1am 14 April 2022, vaccination and check-in requirements have been removed for most venues and events. Vaccination and check-in requirements will continue for anyone visiting or working in vulnerable settings (hospitals, disability accommodation services and residential aged care) as well as for workers in high-risk settings including schools, childcare, prisons, and airports. Read more about the changes to public health and social measures. Penalties Any person found in breach of the Public Health Directions and/or Public Health Act 2005, i.e. to whom a Direction/Act applies, without a reasonable excuse, could face a penalty of up to a maximum of 100 penalty units or 6 months' imprisonment. On the spot fines can also be issued. To avoid this, we recommend you check back to this site regularly and remain up-to-date with the Chief Health Officer public health directions. Reporting a breach Individuals with concerns about whether a business is complying with the Public Health Directions and/or Public Health Act 2005 can call 134 COVID (13 42 68).

From 1am Thursday 14 April 2022, most businesses and venues no longer need to use the Check in Qld app, check vaccination status, or collect contact information.

COVID Safe Businesses

Eased restrictions for businesses From 1am 14 April 2022, vaccination and check-in requirements have been removed for most venues and events. Vaccination and check-in requirements will continue for anyone visiting or working in vulnerable settings (hospitals, disability accommodation services and residential aged care) as well as for workers in high-risk settings including schools, childcare, prisons, and airports. Read more about the changes to public health and social measures. Penalties Any person found in breach of the Public Health Directions and/or Public Health Act 2005, i.e. to whom a Direction/Act applies, without a reasonable excuse, could face a penalty of up to a maximum of 100 penalty units or 6 months' imprisonment. On the spot fines can also be issued. To avoid this, we recommend you check back to this site regularly and remain up-to-date with the Chief Health Officer public health directions. Reporting a breach Individuals with concerns about whether a business is complying with the Public Health Directions and/or Public Health Act 2005 can call 134 COVID (13 42 68).

From 1am Thursday 14 April 2022, most businesses and venues no longer need to use the Check in Qld app, check vaccination status, or collect contact information.

Requirements remain for operators of vulnerable and high-risk operators detailed in the:

These public health directions determine if the Operator is required to collect contact information for all persons, including staff and visitors or if the requirement only relates to staff, volunteers or contractors. If a person is unable to use the Check In Qld app due to language barriers or other reasons, the operator must register the person through the Business Profile mode.

If an operator is unable to collect contact information using the Check In Qld app due to unexpected circumstances, the operator must collect and keep the contact information using another method.

If the contact information is collected using another method, the operator must:

Transfer any non-electronic information to an electronic system within 24 hours of collecting the information. Securely store the contact information, not use for any other purposes, and delete the contact information after not less than 30 days and not more than 56 days. If requested, provide the information to a public health officer within a stated time.

Any changes to collecting contact information requirements will be detailed within the relevant public health directions listed above (this contains the specific requirements for what information needs to be collected, how it is to be collected and more).

Checking vaccination status

From 1am Thursday 14 April 2022 most businesses and venues no longer need to check vaccination status.

Vaccination and check-in requirements will continue for anyone visiting or working in vulnerable settings (hospitals, disability accommodation services and residential aged care) as well as for workers in high-risk settings including schools, childcare, prisons and airports.

Read more about the changes to public health and social measures.

For certain vulnerable and high-risk settings where entry is restricted to vaccinated staff, or both staff and visitors, operators must check proof of vaccination or medical contraindication.

Find out more about checking vaccination status of visitors and staff.

Operators must take reasonable steps to inform customers about their obligations before they enter the premises. This can be achieved by:

display the vaccination rules at your premises

ask for proof of vaccination from your visitors and/or staff at the time of check-in

promote the requirement on your website and social media channels

remind customers, clients, and family members when they make an appointment or arrange a visit.

The Queensland Government has developed posters and other resources to assist this messaging, including signage to inform of COVID Safe requirements.

You can find out more about:

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COVID Safe Checklist for Public Health and Social Measures

The Public Health and Social Measures linked to vaccination status Direction was revoked on 14 April 2022, removing the requirement for the COVID Safe Checklist.

Read more about the changes to public health and social measures.

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COVID Safe site-specific plans The Public Health and Social Measures linked to vaccination status Direction was revoked on 14 April 2022, removing the requirement for COVID Safe site-specific plans. Large scale, unique and complex businesses such as casinos and theme parks are no longer required to operate under a site-specific plan. Back to top ↑

COVID Safe management plans All businesses in Queensland have obligations and responsibilities under Work Health and Safety (WHS) legislation. There are no longer requirements that every workplace must have a COVID Safe management plan.

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Mental health in business If your business has been affected by COVID-19, it is important to look after your mental health as well as your physical wellbeing. Please visit Queensland Health’s COVID-19 and mental health for practical advice and information from trusted sources and partners to help you stay mentally and physically healthy and well. You may also find tips and resources to support mental health on the Australian Government website. These are exceptional times, but we are a resilient society with the strength and capacity to cope with difficult situations. Ensure you keep well-connected. Support each other and keep up-to-date so that you can help support friends and loved ones.

COVID Safe Businesses | Queensland Government
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