On Saturday morning the Queensland Government announced a 3 day lockdown period for the local government areas (LGAs) of South East Queensland (incorporating Brisbane, Gold Coast, Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Logan, Redlands, Moreton Bay, Scenic Rim, Somerset and Lockyer Valley).
The lockdown has now been extended to 4pm Sunday, 8 August at this stage. It has been announced in response to a growing cluster which started with a high school student at Indooroopilly State High School.
The lockdown is also mandatory for anyone who has been in any of the 11x LGAs since 1am this morning and is now elsewhere.
The construction industry is still considered an essential service. Sites will remain open throughout the lockdown period at this stage. Read on for further information.
Stricter lockdown measures
The Queensland Government announced the strictest lockdown measures that the state has experienced so far, due to concern of the rapidly spreading Delta variant.
There are only four reasons to leave home during the lockdown:
- To buy essential goods / groceries, but only within 10km of your usual place of residence. Supermarkets will be open during the lockdown period.
- To go to essential work / school. Childcare is open but only for children of essential workers.
- For exercise outside, but only within 10km of your usual place of residence. Only allowed to do so with one other person from a different household.
- For health care. You can leave to get medical care and you can provide care to someone. You can also leave home to get a COVID test or vaccine.
Additional stricter measures have also been introduced to help stop the spread:
- No visitors allowed at home. The only exception is to care for someone who needs help, but it is recommended to delay if possible.
- Funerals and weddings limited to 10 people.
- Mask wearing continues to be mandatory across the 11x LGAs. You must wear a face mask at all times when you leave home, including outdoors and for exercise, unless you have a lawful reason not to.
- Mask wearing will now be mandatory for everyone at high schools, including students, teachers and visitors in the 11x LGAs.
- Non-essential businesses must close (eg gyms / hairdressers etc).
- Restaurants, cafes and other hospitality venues can open but only to provide takeaway.
Hutchies' COVIDSafe sites
Construction remains essential in South East Queensland and it is important to ensure we are all working as hard as possible to keep it open in the face of ongoing outbreaks.
All sites should urgently review the latest Hutchies' COVIDSafe Plan and ensure that their site is implementing the following at a minimum:
- Regular cleaning of all site / office areas and high touch points
- Mask wearing except when not safe to do so
- Good hand hygiene
- Maintaining 1.5m distance from others, including limiting numbers in hoists / lifts and crib / lunch rooms
- Signing in using your sites' regular sign in process to provide contact details if required for contact tracing
- Using video / teleconference software to hold meetings
Hutchies' offices in South East QLD
Everyone who works in Hutchies' offices across South East Queensland should be wearing a mask if they are working in an office during the lockdown period.
The Queensland Government has specified that people who can work from home should do so.
All face to face meetings in offices should be cancelled and replaced by video / teleconferences.
Hutchies' Toowong office
These instructions are particularly important in relation to the Toowong office.
The Toowong office is in very close proximity to the current outbreak.
If you can do your job from home, you must. You can go to the office to collect computer gear and anything else you might need to work from home during the lockdown period.
If you do need to go into the Toowong office, you must sign in using the Queensland Government QR code.
You must be wearing a mask at all times, including whilst seated. This is an important measure to stop the spread of airborne particles.
The Queensland Government has provided an extensive list of exposure sites based on the movements of people who are linked to the Indooroopilly State High School cluster. More venues are expected to be added.
It is very important that anyone who is in, or has been in South East Queensland recently, checks the list daily.
If you have been to any of the venues of concern at the date and time identified, inform your Team Leader, get tested and follow the direction listed by Queensland Health.