Public Sector Update regarding COVID-19 lock down

Posted on January 8, 2021

This morning we all received updated health advice in relation to the COVID-19 health pandemic. Included in this advice is a reintroduction of lock down measures that are being implemented from 6 pm this evening (Friday) until 6pm Monday evening.

What we know:

  • Lockdown 6pm Friday 8 January - 6pm Monday 11 January.
  • Stay home and in your neighbourhood.
  • Visitors restricted to aged care, hospitals, disability services and correction facilities effective immediately.
  • People should not leave greater Brisbane during this period.
  • People can enter greater Brisbane but are bound by the same restrictions for this period.
  • People can leave home for;
    • essential education that cannot be done from home,
    • work - although where you can work from home you should,
    • health care or support of a vulnerable person,
    • essential shopping but within your local area and
    • exercise within your neighbourhood with no more than one person not from your household.
  • Restrictions include;
    • Wearing masks at all times when outside of your place of residence this includes in workplaces and public transport
    • 20 people an attend funerals
    • 10 people can attend weddings (no dancing or singing)
    • Limit of two visitors in homes
    • Restaurants and cafes to provided take away service only
    • Cinemas, entertainments and recreations venues, gym etc to close
    • Place of worship to close
  • Greater Brisbane hotspots include;
    • Moreton Bay Regional Council
    • Redland City Council
    • Brisbane City Council
    • Ipswich City Council
    • Logan City Council
  • Child care and vacation care facilities will remain open and available to essential workers.

As per the advice from the Premier, the Health Minister and the Chief Health Officer, where you are able to work from home you should. If you have concerns or questions about this please get in contact with your union office.

If you are an essential worker and are required to attend work you must be provide with the appropriate PPE. If you have any concerns or questions about this please get in contact with your union office.

This is a quickly developing situation and agencies are working rapidly to get information out to workers as quickly as possible. We are urgently seeking clarification with the agencies regarding who is required to attend work during lock down.

Together members doing an amazing job at keeping our community safe and ensuring people continue to have access to essential services. We also know this can be a very challenging times for members and your families, and we are here for you to provide any advice or assistance members need so please do not hesitate to contact your union office via email if you have any questions or concerns.

It will also be really important to stay alert to developing health advice – we will continue to keep members up to date as we hear of any new developments. 

Stay safe and well.

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