December 7, 2021
South Burnett Regional Council has reminded businesses of the restrictions that are coming into effect on Friday, December 17.
TAFE Queensland is currently offering free “COVID Safe for Business” mini-courses (micro-credential) to give businesspeople and employees a deeper understanding of the new COVID restrictions.
The course is fully funded by the State Government and more information is available online
(A link to the new Public Health Direction which will come into effect from 5:00am on December 17 is below.)
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From December 17
There will be no capacity restrictions on businesses where only FULLY VACCINATED people can attend, including:
- Hospitality venues such as hotels, pubs, clubs, taverns, bars, restaurants or cafes
- Indoor entertainment venues such as nightclubs, live music venues, karaoke bars, concerts, theatres or cinemas
- Outdoor entertainment activities such as sporting stadiums or theme parks
- Festivals – either indoor or outdoor – such as musical festivals, folk festivals or arts festivals
- State Government-owned galleries, museums or libraries
- Weddings (only if all attendees are fully vaccinated)
Essential businesses will be able to allow both FULLY VACCINATED and UNVACCINATED people.
However, capacity restrictions may still be in place at these types of businesses.
Unvaccinated people will be able to visit and attend:
- Essential services (eg. grocery stores, pharmacies, post offices, newsagents, clothing stores, limited retail stores, gyms and fitness services)
- Food courts
- Shopping centres (except for businesses within a shopping centre that only allow fully vaccinated people)
- Fast food restaurants for takeaway or drive-through only
- Accommodation providers (eg. a hotel or resort), except for any venues within an accommodation premises that only allow fully vaccinated people (eg. pub, restaurant, nightclub)
- Markets (eg. farmers market, craft market, community market)
- Funerals (occupant density limits and attendance caps will apply)
- Weddings (with a maximum of 20 people if anyone attending is unvaccinated)
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Checking Vaccination Status
Hospitality and entertainment businesses need to take reasonable steps to enforce these restrictions.
Customers aged 16 years or over must carry proof of their vaccination status and be prepared to show this on request.
These businesses must:
- Display the vaccination rules in a prominent location at the entry of the business premises
- Use best efforts to ask for proof of vaccination from customers at the time of check-in (this is a legal requirement) through:
- The Check In Qld app, or
- An immunisation history statement, or
- A COVID-19 vaccination digital certificate
- If a customer cannot or refuses to provide evidence, ask the person to leave the premises
- If the person refuses to the leave the premises and becomes aggressive, phone the police
More details will be available soon on arrangements that will apply for people who have a genuine medical reason for not being vaccinated, and what proof of exemption they must provide to a business.
It is not expected for business owners or staff to be the police.
If customers are refusing to comply and become aggressive, phone the police.
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Signs For Business
These signs are available for businesses to use:
- Proof Of Vaccination Required (323kb PDF)
- Proof Of Vaccination Not Required (250kb PDF)
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- Business Restrictions from December 17
- Public Health and Social Measures Linked to Vaccination Status Direction (in effect from 5:00am AEST on Friday, December 17, 2021)