COVID-19: News and Updates
To prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Stay home if you are sick
- If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, get tested
- Stay 1.5 metres away from other people—think two big steps
- Wash your hands with soap and water, or hand sanitiser
- Leave a location if it is crowded.
Huge mental toll of COVID on young people revealed
Lockdowns and restrictions have made young people feel isolated and worried about their education .
Young Australians living through COVID lockdowns last year struggled deeply with their mental health and believe extra help is needed in schools to support student wellbeing, a new report says. Read More
Under the current Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction (No. 21), it is mandatory for a range of businesses, venues and other organisations to collect customer information through the Check In Qld app. (From Friday 9 July, 2021 until further notice)
This applies to:
- shopping centres and retail stores supplying goods and services to the public, such as supermarkets, pharmacies, bank branches, hardware stores, petrol stations and newsagents
- venues that attract large crowds – such as stadiums, convention centres, theme parks, concert venues and cinemas
- beauty and personal care services – such as hairdressing, beauty therapy and nail services
- indoor events – such as cultural festival and expos
- outdoor events with dancing – such as music or dance festivals
- leisure and recreation facilities – such as gyms, health clubs, indoor sports facilities and indoor pools
- short-term residential facilities – such as hotels, boarding houses and short-term holiday rentals
- outdoor recreation – such as caravan parks, camping areas, zoos and aquariums
- galleries, museums, libraries and community centres (for example recreation halls)
- public-facing government services – such as customer service counters providing licensing and registration services for members of the public
- indoor weddings, funerals and places of worship
- higher education institutions – such as universities, TAFEs and registered training organisations
- adult entertainment venues.
The Check In Qld app is a fast and convenient way for customers and staff to provide their details to support fast contact tracing. Businesses need to complete the registration form online and will receive a set up guide including the unique QR code for the venue. There are a range of frequently asked questions for businesses. For direct support, you can contact 134 COVID (13 42 68).
Eased restrictions from 1am 25 June 2021
Introducing a new travel declaration for anyone entering Queensland and expanding the mandatory Check In Qld app to more sectors means we will significantly increase our contact tracing ability and can ease the following restrictions across Queensland. Fewer COVID Safe Plans will be required – instead they will be replaced with a single checklist.
Changes from June 25 (apply for all Queensland)
- COVID Safe Plans are NOT required*
- No restrictions for self-service food buffets
- Mandatory use of the Check In QLD app
- Restrictions eased for running events
- Travel declaration required for anyone entering Queensland
For more detail go to … Roadmap to easing restrictions
* COVID Safe Industry Plans and industry specific checklists have now been replaced by the COVID Safe Checklist for Restricted Businesses
How do you know what COVID-19 information to believe?
With the current excitement and interest surrounding the new COVID-19 vaccine, there is a lot of information out there. It can be overwhelming and it also makes it easy to hear or read information that may not be accurate.
Understandably, people have many questions and opinions about the vaccines and their development, and often these are shared through social media, videos, and articles. However not everything that is being shared is accurate. There are a lot of false or misleading claims already circulating about the COVID-19 vaccines.
This sort of information isn’t just wrong, it can be dangerous.
Not everyone on the Internet is qualified to speak on every field. Would you feel confident going into heart surgery with someone who didn’t have a medical degree? Or driving on a bridge that hadn’t been built by an engineer?
So how do you know what COVID-19 information to believe? How do you know what is accurate and reliable? Read More
Research shows that Australia’s COVID-19 vaccines are, overall, safe and effective.
But it’s normal for people to have questions about any new vaccine.
Here’s how to approach these conversations with empathy — and tackle misconceptions along the way. Read On …
It’s not edible, but it can save lives.
Lately, in the ongoing conversation about how to defeat the coronavirus, experts have made reference to the “Swiss cheese model” of pandemic defense.
The metaphor is easy enough to grasp: Multiple layers of protection, imagined as cheese slices, block the spread of the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. No one layer is perfect; each has holes, and when the holes align, the risk of infection increases. But several layers combined — social distancing, plus masks, plus hand-washing, plus testing and tracing, plus ventilation, plus government messaging — significantly reduce the overall risk. Vaccination will add one more protective layer. READ MORE
For older COVID News Stories please go to COVID News Archive
The information on this page has been taken from credible sources and is shared with the best of intentions. While we have have done our best to provide the most up to date information, we cannot take responsibility for any person or organisation suffering as a result of using the information shared on this page. It is the responsibility of all organisations to do their research, to comply with all relevant legislation and to be aware of current government advice.