While Queenslanders will soon be able to live mask-free in most places, the state's health authorities have today released a list of new requirements for non-essential businesses around vaccination requirements and verification for entry.
"From 17 December when Queensland is forecast to reach the 80 per cent double vaccinated milestone, hospitality and entertainment venues including festivals will only be permitted to allow entry to patrons and staff who are fully vaccinated," Queensland Health stated in an update this afternoon.
"This affects non-essential leisure businesses including hospitality venues (hotels, pubs, clubs, taverns, bars, restaurants and cafes) and entertainment venues (nightclubs, live music venues, stadiums, theatres, cinemas and festivals) that will no longer need to operate under COVID-19 density limits."
From 17 December these businesses will be asked to:
- display the vaccination rules at the business premises
- ask for evidence of vaccination from customers at the time of check-in
- if a customer cannot or refuses to provide evidence, ask the person to leave the premises
- if the person refuses to the leave the premises, call the police.
Unvaccinated people will still be free to access essential businesses, including grocery stores.
Weddings and private hire venues will be capped at 20 people or one person per 4 square metres if any unvaccinated people are among the guests (including the wedding party), staff or officials.
From 19 November people will be able to link their vaccination certificate into the Check In Qld app. Customers and staff will continue to use the app to assist with prompt contact tracing.
.@QldPolice will enforce new requirements at venues and businesses once the changes announced today come into effect.— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) November 9, 2021
The fully vaccinated will be rewarded to keep our freedoms from 17 December or when Queensland reaches 80% of eligible Queenslanders double dosed. pic.twitter.com/zjA5WA7BHE
Updated at 4pm AEST on 9 November 2021.
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