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COVID-19 Update

Greater Brisbane lockdown ends tonight, advice for tourism industry


The Queensland Government announced this morning that Greater Brisbane’s strict lockdown will end at 6pm tonight.

Visit Sunshine Coast (VSC) has been liaising directly with Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) and key stakeholders today to ensure our members remain up-to-date with the latest information for the tourism industry.

The Queensland Government announced some restrictions will remain, including wearing a mask. Restrictions for Greater Brisbane residents and people who have been in the Greater Brisbane region since 2 January 2021 (unless 14 days have passed since they were in the region) will remain in place from 6pm today until 1am AEST Friday, 22 January 2021. They will continue to apply no matter where they may have travelled to since.
  • During this time, these people will be able to leave their homes or accommodation for any reason, and are allowed to travel anywhere in Australia (in line with other states’ entry requirements).
  • They should follow the health advice as if they were still in Greater Brisbane, where possible. This means they carry a mask wherever they go and should wear it when indoors (other than at home, or in their accommodation) and when outdoors if they cannot maintain 1.5m social distancing.
 
What this means for Queensland's tourism businesses
This fact sheet with advice for tourism operators has been issued by the Queensland Government. There is also an updated poster that businesses may choose to display to remind their guests of the restrictions.


Further information
View further information on the updated restrictions for Greater Brisbane and people who have been in the Greater Brisbane hotspot since January 2 here, as well as the updated Queensland Roadmap to easing restrictions here.

Maleny contact tracing alert


Over the weekend, the Queensland Government put out a contact tracing alert and related public health advice for three venues in Maleny. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk shared a video on Facebook stating anyone who has been to any of the listed locations at the times specified should come forward for testing immediately, even if they have no symptoms at all:
  • Wednesday 6 January: Cappriccios Italian Pizza Restaurant, Take-away only, waited outside, Maleny, 6.30pm-7.00pm
  • Thursday 7 January: Purple Palate Cellars, Maleny, 4.15pm-4.25pm
  • Thursday 7 January: Woolworths Supermarket, Maleny, 4.30pm-4.50pm
If you have any concerns about your health, or are unsure if you need to get tested or isolate, or contact 13 HEALTH on 13 43 25 84. Stay up-to-date with contact tracing alerts from Queensland Health here

Has the Greater Brisbane lockdown impacted your business?


VSC is extremely encouraged by today’s news that the Greater Brisbane lockdown will end at 6pm tonight, and encourages everyone to continue to follow the public health directions as outlined by the Queensland Government to help keep the greater community safe and our industry moving forward on the path towards recovery. Similarly, we encourage everyone to adhere with the contact tracing alert the Queensland Government issued for Maleny.

We understand that the three-day lockdown has had a significant impact on Sunshine Coast tourism operators, Brisbane being our primary visitor market this summer holiday period. We encourage any members who were directly impacted by the lockdown or have received cancellations as a result to share their feedback with VSC Industry and Membership Development Manager Andrew Fairbairn at andrew.fairbairn@visitsunshinecoast.com or phone Andrew on 0427 562 100. This feedback helps VSC understand the impact lockdown has had on our industry and provide valuable feedback to TEQ and the State Government.


Moving forward, VSC will continue to liaise with TEQ and our Local and State Government partners to ensure we are providing our members with the latest information for our industry, and we encourage you to stay up-to-date with the official Queensland Health website and official press updates from the Queensland Government
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