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COVID-19 Information

This page provides information and links that might assist individuals and businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Greater Brisbane lockdown ends 6pm, 11th January

The need for some sensible precautions will remain in the Greater Brisbane hotspot, and for people who have been in the Greater Brisbane hotspot since January 2, for a further 10 days.

Until 1am, Friday January 22:

MASKS:

  • Must be worn in indoor places including shopping centres and supermarkets, gyms, workplaces where people cannot socially distance and where it is safe, places of worship, libraries, public transport, taxis and ride share vehicles 
  • Must be carried at all times
  • Are not required to be worn when outdoors at a safe distance from other people (for example, walking a dog), in private vehicles or doing strenuous exercise

BUSINESSES AND VENUES:

  • Indoors: 1 person per 4 sqm
  • Outdoors: 1 person per 2 sqm
  • Seated eating and drinking only
  • Smaller venues up to 200 sqm: 1 person per 2sqm up to a maximum of 50
  • No dancing except for weddings
GATHERINGS: 
  • Up to 20 in homes and public spaces
  • Weddings: up to 100. No restriction on dancing
  • Funerals: up to 100
  • Indoor concert venues or theatres: 50% capacity or 1 person per 4 sqm whichever is greater
  • Outdoor stadiums: 50% capacity with COVID-safe plans
Restrictions on visits to hospitals, aged care, disability accommodation and prisons remain.

Click here for more information. 

Greater Brisbane 3-day lockdown

Greater Brisbane will go into lockdown from 6pm Friday 8 January, until 6pm Monday 11 January. 

People in the local government areas of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Redlands and Logan will be required to stay at home except for the following reasons:
  • Shopping for essentials, food and necessary supplies
  • Medical or healthcare needs, including compassionate requirements
  • Exercise with no more than one other person, unless all from the same household
  • Providing care or assistance to an immediate family member
  • Work, or volunteering, or study if it is not reasonably practicable to work or learn remotely
  • Child custody arrangements
  • Legal obligations
  • Visit for end of life
  • Attend funeral or wedding in line with restrictions
  • Masks will also need to be worn everywhere in those local government areas except if people are at home.
Cafes, pubs and restaurants will be open only for take-away service.

Funerals will be restricted to 20 people and weddings to 10, including the celebrant and two witnesses.

All essential businesses remain open. If you need to leave Greater Brisbane for an essential purpose, such as to work, to return home or to access healthcare, you should limit your movements for those three days wherever you go. 

Restrictions:

  • No more than two visitors to the household per day (in addition to anyone else currently staying in the household), excluding care workers or volunteers
  • All businesses that can remain open must adhere to one person per 4 square metres with maximum of 20 to 50 with COVID Safe or Industry Plan
  • Restaurants and cafes to provide takeaway service only
  • Cinemas, entertainment and recreation venues, gyms etc to close
  • Places of worship to close
  • Weddings involve a maximum of 10 people, including the celebrant and witnesses
  • Funerals involve a maximum of 20 people
  • Mandatory mask wearing anywhere outside of your home
  • No visitors to aged care facilities, hospitals, disability accommodation services or correctional facilities.
Click here for more information and a detailed map of affected Local Government Areas (LGA's) included in Greater Brisbane. 

Interstate travel

What’s changed from 1am AEST 21 December 2020:
  • The Queensland border is closed to anyone who has been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days or since the hotspot was declared (whichever is shorter). Currently specific parts of New South Wales are hotspots.
  • Anyone who has been overseas in the last 14 days must follow the Quarantine for International Arrivals Direction.
  • Anyone travelling to Queensland who has been in NSW at any time since 1am Friday 11 December must complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass before they enter Queensland.

Click here for more information. 

Brisbane Economic Development Agency encourages you to follow social distancing guidelines. We recommend you contact individual event organisers or businesses for accurate information on their operations. 

24/7 Hotlines 

  1. National Coronavirus Helpline – call 131 450 or 1800 020 080
  2. If you need urgent medical assistance - call 000
  3. Ambulance hotline for non-emergencies – call 13 12 33
  4. Queensland health advice - call 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84)
  5. Queensland public mental health service - call 1300 MH CALL (1300 642255)
Further Assistance
  1. Beyond Blue – Looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak
  2. Lifeline – Crisis Support & Suicide Prevention

Health updates 

  1. World Health Organisation
  2. Australian Government Department of Health
  3. Queensland Health

Travel and Visas 

  1. Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Smart Traveller
  2. Department of Home Affairs

Updated Event and Activities Information 

Brisbane EDA recommends that you contact individual organisers or operators to get accurate information on cancellations or changes.

For Business 

The Queensland and Australian Governments have dedicated customer representatives to explain the assistance available to business. 

For an overview of Queensland Government support visit Business Queensland or contact the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training hotline on 1300 654 687 and [email protected]

For an overview of Australian Government support for business, including updated JobKeeper details, click here or talk over the phone, live chat or email from 8am – 8pm through the Coronavirus business support service. Phone: 13 28 46 or email Coronavirus business support

Cash flow 

Boosting cash flow for employers - provides up to $100,000 back to small and medium-sized businesses, with a minimum payment of $20,000 for eligible businesses. The payment will be tax free. 

Support for immediate cash flow needs for SMEs – under the Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme, the Australian Government will provide a guarantee of 50% to support short-term loans.

Supporting staff 

Supporting apprentices and trainees - Eligible employers can apply for a wage subsidy of 50% of their apprentices' or trainees' wage paid during 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020. 

Worker transition scheme - For workers who may find themselves without work. 

Fair Work Australia - workplace obligations and entitlements – Help and advice for employers and employees with entitlements during this time.

Tax, bill, fee and rent relief 

Temporary relief for financially distressed businesses - The Australian Government is temporarily increasing the threshold at which creditors can issue a statutory demand. 

Payroll tax relief package - payroll tax relief measures from Queensland Government including refunds of payroll tax and payroll tax holiday and deferrals.

Rent relief - for small businesses who rent premises from the Queensland Government. 

Tourism business support 

Relief for Queensland tourism businesses includes:

  1. waiving application fees for some variations to liquor licences
  2. waiving registration renewal fees for Inbound Tour Operators
  3. waiving of daily fees for commercial activity agreements and permits
  4. rebate on Marina Charges and Passenger Levies
  5. state land rent waiver

See the DITID website for more details.

The Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) is offering free membership, advocacy and support. 

Adapting your business model 

Market diversification and resilience grants - To help develop alternative markets food and fishing exporters and critical supply chain partners 

Supply chain issues - For manufacturers and businesses who are finding it difficult to obtain vital materials and supplies to remain open.

Getting ready to rebound 

Business Mentoring Assistance - Mentoring for Growth - The Mentoring for Growth program has mentors ready to connect with impacted small businesses and may be able to provide tailored support including financial mentoring and business planning. 

Financial Resilience Workshops - Delivered by TAFE Queensland, these workshops will provide practical tools and skills to build business resilience as well as an opportunity to connect and network with other small businesses facing similar issues. 

Local support 

  1. Brisbane City Council – business fees waiver
  2. Banks – small business loan payment deferral – contact your bank