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Further to the announcement by the Federal Government that Stage 1 lockdown measures would commence, the Queensland Government released their advice. That advice states that a person who owns, controls or operates a non-essential business or undertaking in the State of Queensland must not operate the business or undertaking from Monday, 12pm on 23 March 2020 until the end of the declared public health emergency, unless they are revoked or replaced, including operating at private residence. If your industry or sector is not specified below, it is not covered in this direction and can continue to operate under the stipulated CHO guidelines.

 

For the purposes of this Public Health Direction:

1.     A non-essential business or undertaking means:

(a)         Registered and licensed clubs, licensed premises in hotels (excluding bottle shops and off license attached to these venues);

(b)        Gyms, fitness centres and indoor sporting centres;

(c)         Cinemas, gambling venues including casinos, nightclubs, theatres and entertainment venues of any kind;

(d)        Restaurants, cafes, fast-food outlets, food courts (together retail food services) except for provision of food or drink by way of provision of takeaway or hotel room service;

(e)         Theme parks;

(f)          A place where persons congregate for the purpose of worship or fellowship, including weddings and baptisms;

(g)         Funerals except where the gathering does not exceed one person per 4 square metres and social distancing, including keeping 1.5 metres between people, can be accommodated.

2.     A non-essential business or undertaking does not include:

(a)         Retail food services at an airport that are reasonably necessary for the normal business of the airport;

(b)        Provision of food or drink by or on behalf of an employer to employees or contractors that is reasonably necessary for the employer’s normal operations;

(c)         Provision of food or drink by a school, university, educational institution or childcare facility that is reasonably necessary for the normal business of the facility;

(d)        Provision of food or drink at a disability or aged care facility that are reasonably necessary for the normal business of the facility.

3.     Additional requirements for the provision of takeaway are as follows:

(a)         social distancing, including keeping 1.5 metres between people must be accommodated, implemented and monitored by employees or contractors of the retail food service provider;

(b)        gathering for the purposes of ordering or collecting must not exceed one person per 4 square metres;

(c)         the retail food service provider may only operate to the extent they are not promoting or facilitating persons consuming takeaway food or drink on or adjacent to their premises –

Example: tables and chairs should be removed and all reasonable steps taken by the retail food service to direct persons from gathering to consume takeaway food or drink on or adjacent to, the relevant premise.
With respect to Trading Hours:
  1. An owner or operator of a business used predominantly for the sale of food or groceries or both, is permitted to open the business from 7am on a day the shop is permitted to trade, to enable people to obtain essential groceries, between 19 March 2020 and the end of the COVID-19 emergency.
  2. During the period for which recommendation 1 applies, an owner or operator of a business used predominantly for the sale of food or groceries or both, is permitted to limit access to the business to persons or certain classes of persons, for example customers holding a pensioner concession card, so that person can purchase essential grocery items in way that upholds the health and safety of that person or class of persons.
  3. Subject to Recommendations 1 and 2 the allowable trading hours prescribed in the Trading (Allowable Hours) Act 1990 continue to apply.

Queensland will also be closing its borders to anyone entering the state by air or by road on Tuesday, 24 March, and entrants will be forced to isolate themselves for 14 days from Wednesday night.

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The Palaszczuk Government will invest an additional $4 billion in measures to support Queenslanders’ health, their jobs and businesses.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the measures are an unprecedented response to an unprecedented crisis.

“To date, this is the biggest single relief package assembled by any state or territory,” the Premier said.

  • $300 million household relief package will give Queensland households $200 off their utility bills, building on the $50 asset dividend already announced.
  • $2.5 billion into protecting Queensland jobs and businesses.
  • For small and medium businesses and large businesses specifically impacted by COVID-19, there will be a refund of two months’ worth of payroll tax.
  • Additionally, small and medium businesses receive a three-month payroll tax holiday, and a further six-month payroll tax deferral for any of these businesses.
  • Package of up to $500 million to assist workers who lose their job or income and to help them find jobs in the industries that are vital to getting us through this crisis – health care, agriculture, food production, transport, cleaning and mining.
  • Waiving liquor licencing fees for venues that have had to close their doors.
  • Providing rent relief for businesses who rent premises from the state government.
  • Sole traders, small and medium businesses receive a $500 rebate on their power bill for 2020.
  • $500 million in concessional loans, interest free for the first 12 months, to support Queensland businesses impact by COVID-19. Email with full name, phone number and preferred email address to register your interest.

There will also be an extra $1.2 billion investment to expand:

  • fever clinics
  • emergency department capacity
  • acute care services
  • regional aeromedical services for our remote communities.

An online portal for businesses to apply for payroll tax relief has been launched and can be accessed via www.business.qld.gov.au

Further information and applications for other measures will be made available there in coming days.