On Tuesday 29th of June, the Premier of QLD Annastacia Palaszczuk announced a 3-day lockdown from 6.00pm Tuesday 29th of June, until 6pm Friday, 2 July. The restrictions apply to South East Queensland, Townsville (including Magnetic Island), and Palm Island area and may impact architectural practices.
People in the local government areas of Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Redlands, Logan, Gold Coast, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley, Somerset, Townsville, Palm Island, and Magnetic Island, will be required to stay at home except to:
- Attend work if you cannot work from home
- Buy essentials like groceries and medicine
- Look after the vulnerable, and
- Exercise within their neighbourhood.
Read more about the restrictions details on movement and gathering, businesses and events and face masks on the Queensland Government’s website.
Anyone who is a close contact, has been in declared hotspot or interstate exposure venue of concern must not visit any Queensland residential aged care facility or shared disability accommodation service centre.
You can read more about the Chief Health Officer’s public health direction for the impacted area here.
BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION REMAINS OPEN
As was the case during the recent short lockdowns in January and March 2021, building and construction is considered an essential service, and remains open for business. You must follow your COVID-19 plan, ensure your hygiene and social distancing measures are in place and wear a mask wherever possible.
If you leave home in the affected local government areas you must wear a mask in indoor spaces where you can’t physically distance. You must carry a face mask with you at all times whenever you leave your home, unless you have a lawful reason not to.
There are some other exceptions to wearing face masks, including for children under 12 and people with particular medical conditions or disabilities. If in doubt, wear a face mask.
Do I need to wear a face mask on a construction site?
If you’re inside on a construction site and cannot socially distance, you’ll need to wear a mask, if it’s safe to do so. The construction industry has remained open due to their successful adoption of COVID-safe practices and wearing a mask wherever possible is an essential part of this.
EXTRA ADVICE FOR MEMBERS
- Ensure your COVID-19 plan is up-to-date
- Implement hygiene measures – hand wash, sanitiser, and cleaning protocols
- Ensure social distancing measures are in place and enforced
- Limit numbers of people doing tasks to only those necessary
- Schedule work so that numbers of people in the same place are limited
- When dealing with homeowners – ensure that you only undertake work that is essential, and send only those people who are needed to perform the work.
- The Institute has a site visit checklist that you might consider if going for a site visit
No statement has been issued restricting architects travelling to construction sites to undertake necessary works, as long as their presence does not exceed the total number of permitted persons on that site.
In the circumstance that a construction site to which an employee is travelling is further than 5km from an employee’s home, it is recommended that employees carry written authorisation from their employer relevant to that site and to that day. The wearing of masks, physical distancing and sanitising practices must be observed on site as they are elsewhere.
No statement has been issued to clarify if the provision for construction sites apply to Architects visiting occupied premises for new scoping and measurement work.
Support for small businesses
The Australian Government is taking action to support businesses during the COVID-19 health crisis. For more information on assistance for businesses, go to https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/businesses
More information For the latest advice, information and resources, go to www.health.gov.au For more information on responding to COVID-19 in the workplace, go to https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/covid-19-information-workplaces
Call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.
BOAQ provides additional guidance for small business support
Can staff go to work?
Staff who are unwell should not go to work. If staff develop symptoms at work such as fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath they should seek medical advice. For more information on identifying the symptoms of COVID-19, go to https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-identifying-the-symptoms
If a worker is found to have COVID-19 you need to follow the health advice provided by the local public health authority. More information for employers on what to do if a worker has COVID-19, is at: https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/covid-19-information-workplaces/industryinformation/general-industry-information/covid-19-your?tab=tab-toc-employer
Isolation is when a person is found to have the condition and needs to stay away from others to protect the community from illness. If you have an employee who has been confirmed to have COVID-19, public health authorities may contact the workplace. People confirmed to have COVID-19 require a formal period of isolation and cannot go to work until they are formally released by the local public health unit or their treating clinician.
For more information for employers see Queensland Government: Business Queensland’s Business health and safety resources for coronavirus (COVID-19). The Queensland Government has also provided a Guidance: Workplace Health and Safety note that provide useful guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19 at the workplace.
For more information, head to the Queensland Health website.
The Check In Qld app website provides answers to common questions or you can contact 134 COVID (12 42 68) for support.
CHECK IN QLD APP
From 1am on Friday, 9 July, the Check In Qld app will become mandatory for a number of new sectors and it will become very common place for you to be required to check in when attending supermarkets and shopping centres and numerous other settings.
Building sites are not considered restricted businesses in the Queensland Government health directive or included in the required sectors outlined in the Check In Qld app details, therefore, use of the app on building sites is not mandatory. However, they can absolutely participate if they wish to do so as a business.
How to register your business
It is easy to register your own business so you are complying with the requirements. Visit the Check in Qld website and register your business. The process takes up to three business days and you will be supplied with a business set-up guide, including a QR code poster. You can print and display these posters in multiple accessible locations. If you have customers who cannot use the app, there is a business profile mode that can be used for you to check them in.