The Queensland government has finalized public health orders for people not vaccinated against COVID-19, as it prepares hospitality workers for ‘aggressive’ people who are denied entry to sites.
The set of rules based on vaccination status will go into effect on December 17, the government confirmed on Tuesday.
Under the rules, a range of businesses will be allowed to trade at 100% capacity, but all customers must be fully immunized.
These include cafes, restaurants, pubs, clubs, RSL clubs, taverns, reception centers, bars, wineries, distilleries, microbreweries, nightclubs, concert halls, karaoke bars, concerts, theaters, cinemas, bowling alleys, halls. gaming facilities, casinos and other gaming halls, convention centers, adult entertainment venues (including strip clubs and brothels), stadiums, theme parks, tourist parks, zoos, aquariums, wildlife centers, exhibition grounds, music festivals, art festivals and cultural festivals.
Unvaccinated people will also be refused entry to government-owned libraries, galleries, museums, historic sites and public institutions.
However, there are allowances for unvaccinated people.
“As for other parameters, so essential services, supermarkets, retail stores, public transport, places of worship and funerals, normal COVID security plans – density restrictions apply – and unvaccinated as well as vaccinated people can attend, ”said Health Minister Yvette D’Ath.
“I have been asked why public transport is essential. People need to be able to get to their doctor’s appointments and get to work. It is important that everyone has the right to access public transport.
Unvaccinated people will also be able to visit higher education institutions, markets, outdoor community events, food courts, pharmacies, post offices, newsagents and clothing stores, and participate in activities such as the gym.
However, density limits, usually one person per two square meters, will apply in certain circumstances.
They can enter reception areas if they privately rent “part of the place”, but there will be density limits on this section.
“(For example) when a sports club has both a restaurant and a sports field, or rents part of the site exclusively for a private function, the entry rules applicable to each zone apply”, specify the public health orders.
If a person attending a wedding is not vaccinated, this is limited to a maximum of 20 people.
Funerals will not be limited to those vaccinated, but are subject to density limits and participant caps.
Unvaccinated people can enter prisons and juvenile detention centers if they are, or are required to accompany, a vital visitor.
Unvaccinated people can stay in hotels and other short-term accommodation.
They can also attend religious events and places, but density limits will apply.
They can go to beauty services but the occupancy will be capped at one person for two square meters.
The state government also announced that people can identify sites reserved for vaccinees via a green check mark at the entrance.
It will be up to the individual companies to verify the proof of vaccination of staff, guests and customers.
Proof can be provided with the Check In QLD app or a printed or electronic certificate.
As a safeguard for workers, the government has said it will ban deliberately spitting, coughing or sneezing on people, or threatening to do so, when people enforce public health orders.
“Because these workers and each of the companies we mandate vaccinations for are doing their job to keep you safe and to ensure people are vaccinated, we want to protect them from this type of behavior,” said Ms. D’Ath.
“We will therefore extend this offense to protect all workers in all companies that are bound by this public health directive.”
“This means that if you behave in this way you could be fined an immediate $ 1,378.50 or, if your offense is such that the police choose to prosecute you, it could be a fine of $ 13,785. $ or up to six months. »Imprisonment.
“We think it’s important to send a very clear message that these workers are there to do their jobs, to serve you, to make sure you enjoy your experience in these wonderful places, but we also have a responsibility to protect them.”
Small Business Minister Di Farmer said workers were being trained to deal with “aggressive customers,” while there would be a public awareness campaign reminding people to treat workers appropriately.
“These people who work there are often very young people, it’s their job to enforce the public health directive,” she said.
We’re going to be running a “Be Kind” campaign that actually tells people to treat everyone fairly. “