As you may have heard already,
yesterday the Queensland government issued the restrictions on
Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction (No. 21)
aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19. This has implications for building
surveyors and to assist you to understand what is required, we have prepared
the following summary of information from the directions issued.
Which areas are impacted:
The following Local Government
Areas are subject to controls for three days from 6pm Tuesday 29 June:
In addition, any person who was
in South East Queensland, Townsville (including Magnetic Island) or Palm Island
on or since 6pm Tuesday 29 July 2021 is also subject to the same directions
regarding work and movement irrespective of where they are now. The need for
ongoing controls will be reviewed on Friday 2 July with further announcements
You are required to stay home
unless you need to:
Whilst leaving home for these
reasons, you are requested to stay in your local area wherever possible.
Wearing of masks is mandatory
indoors, except at home, and if you are using public transport, with exceptions
for vigorous exercise, medical reasons, persons under 12 years and some
employment. This direction also applies to anyone who is outside the South
East, Townsville, Magnetic Island or Palm Island regions but who has been in
those regions since 6pm Tuesday 29 July 2021.
All persons must carry a mask at
all times when away from home.
Who can work and why:
Essential workers are any persons
whose work is not listed as a restricted business activity. There are no
restrictions on non-restricted business activities or undertakings outside of
requirements for occupant density and mask wearing.
In general, this means taking
additional precautions to ensure that building surveyors are not likely to
spread the contagion should they become infected. Wherever possible, it is
important to limit the number of sites each person needs to attend, to wear appropriate
protective equipment and sanitise hands and high touch surfaces regularly. It
may also be necessary to screen workers regularly.
Those who are unable to work from
home must ensure that they observe the occupant density requirements – 1 person
per 2 square metres – whilst in an office environment. All workplaces must have
a COVID-safe Plan in place and you must scan QR codes / register your
attendance. Offices must implement enhanced cleaning processes and provide
sanitising products and PPE for employee use.
How long will this last:
The restrictions that have been
implemented are expected to be reviewed in coming days and if the threat of
spread mitigates as hoped, restrictions are set to ease on Saturday 3 July.
The details of what has been
directed can be found here.
We trust this is of assistance to
you. If you believe there is anything more we could do, such as advocate for a
change to mitigate impacts on your work, please let us know.