Starting tomorrow, masks will be required indoors across Queensland to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The Chief Health Officer has ordered masks be worn indoors everywhere except in the family home and workplaces where it is unsafe.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said masks have been proven to slow the spread of the virus and protect the vulnerable.
“Masks are a tried and true method to slow the spread of COVID,” the Premier said.
“Even though cases were expected it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do all we can to slow them down.
“We said there would be a time when masks return.
“That time is now.”
Masks are already required:
- In supermarkets and shops
- Public transport and rideshare
- Airports and on planes
- Cinemas and theatres
From 1am Sunday, January 2 they will also be required in other indoor settings, such as:
- In workplaces (unless it is unsafe to do so)
- Pubs, clubs and cafes (except when seated)
- Indoors stadiums and sports arenas (except when seated)
- Hairdressers and nail salons
- Waiting rooms at a medical centre
- In addition, employers are urged to return to work-from-home arrangements where possible.
Access to vulnerable settings including aged care and hospitals is limited to only those who are fully vaccinated except in end of life, childbirth or emergencies.
The government is considering further measures including the need to provide a negative test prior to entry.
The Premier said the Chief Health Officer’s directions will be enforced.
“Some areas have high numbers of people wearing masks,” the Premier said.
“Some areas are not as good. It’s time to put on your mask.”