Queensland Government releases updated health direction

The Queensland Government has released an updated health direction to give businesses guidance, ahead of the vaccination mandate commencing on Friday 17 December. 
Fines will apply to individuals who do not comply with this mandate and it will be enforced by the Queensland Police.
Resources to help businesses display signage are available here

Updated health direction
From 17 December 2021, there will be no capacity restrictions on businesses that are only permitted to allow fully vaccinated people to attend, including:

  • Hospitality venues including hotels, pubs, clubs, taverns, bars, restaurants and cafés
  • Indoor entertainment venues including nightclubs, indoor live music venues, karaoke bars, concerts, theatres and cinemas
  • Outdoor entertainment venues including tourism experiences e.g. reef excursions, sport stadiums, theme parks
  • Festivals – both indoor and outdoor
  • Queensland Government owned galleries, museums and libraries
  • Weddings (otherwise guests will be capped to 20 people
  • Aged care, hospitals, prisons and disability service facilities

Proof of vaccination responsibilities 

A person must give their contact information, proof of COVID-19 vaccination or by using the Check In Qld app or another measure of record keeping before entering a business.
A person may give these entry requirements on behalf of another person who:

  • is under the age of 16 years
  • has a disability
  • speaks a language other than English and is unable to understand the Check In Qld app

This will apply to all staff members before entering their place of work. 

Restrictions for unvaccinated people
From 17 December 2021, unvaccinated people will be unable to:

  • attend hospitality venues such as hotels, pubs, clubs, taverns, bars, restaurants or cafes
  • attend indoor entertainment venues such as nightclubs, live music venues, karaoke bars, concerts, theatres or cinemas
  • attend outdoor entertainment activities such as sporting stadiums, theme parks or tourism experience like reef excursions
  • attend festivals – either indoor or outdoor – such as musical festivals, folk festivals or arts festivals
  • attend Queensland Government owned galleries, museums or libraries.
  • visit vulnerable settings, including hospitals, residential aged care, disability accommodation services, and prisons. This does not apply to residents and patients of these facilities, and there will be some exceptions for medical treatment, end-of-life visits, childbirth and emergency situations

Please refer to the updated health direction, Public Health and Social Measures document or Border reopening roadmap for further information.
Information for employers regarding mandating vaccines can found here