2020 Supporting our community by caring COVID-19

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Strong public health efforts are underway to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and many of our residents and businesses need support during this trying time. This site is a way to help connect the community with resources and share stories. We are in this together. Livingstone Shire Council is working hard to ensure the safety of our residents, businesses, employees, and visitors.

An Important COVID-19 Message

We’ve previously shared recommendations and best practices from Queensland Health on protecting yourself from exposure to the COVID-19 virus. We encourage you to continue to pay attention to those recommendations and monitor advice , as guidance is changing based on the evolving nature of the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition, we have developed contingency plans for our critical operations should the COVID-19 situation further deteriorate.


Strong public health efforts are underway to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and many of our residents and businesses need support during this trying time. This site is a way to help connect the community with resources and share stories. We are in this together. Livingstone Shire Council is working hard to ensure the safety of our residents, businesses, employees, and visitors.

An Important COVID-19 Message

We’ve previously shared recommendations and best practices from Queensland Health on protecting yourself from exposure to the COVID-19 virus. We encourage you to continue to pay attention to those recommendations and monitor advice , as guidance is changing based on the evolving nature of the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition, we have developed contingency plans for our critical operations should the COVID-19 situation further deteriorate.


  • Queensland Health has expanded its list of venues where confirmed COVID-19 cases have visited. Anyone who has been to these locations at the times specified should monitor their health and if they develop any COVID-19 symptoms, even mild, get tested.

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    Queensland Health has expanded its list of venues where confirmed COVID-19 cases have visited.

    Anyone who has been to these locations at the times specified should monitor their health and if they develop any COVID-19 symptoms, even mild, get tested.

    New locations include:

    • Sunnybank – Kingsfood Restaurant, Market Square Shopping Centre – 18 August 2020 – Between 7pm and 8:30pm
    • Graceville – Graceville Netball Courts, Faulkner Park – 22 August 2020 – Between 8am and 4pm
    • Jimboomba – Perks Café, Jimboomba Central Shopping Centre – 24 August 2020 – Between 10am and 10:45am
    • Jimboomba – Woolworths, Jimboomba Central Shopping Centre – 24 August 2020 – Between 11am and 11:15am
    • Greenbank – Pub Lane Tavern, Greenbank Shopping Centre – 26 August 2020 – Between 7:30pm and 9:30pm

    The updated list is available at: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/contact-tracing.

    To find your nearest fever clinic, visit: https://www.qld.gov.au/covid19testing.

  • Queensland opens borders to all states and territories except Victoria from July 10

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    30 June, 2020

    RESTRICTIONS EASING from 12 noon 3 July 2020

    > Private, non-commercial (e.g. home) gatherings of up to 100 with friends and family

    > Weddings and funerals (max 100 people)§

    > Maximum number of persons at museums, art galleries, libraries and historic sites determined by the one person per 4 square metre rule

    > Sport, recreation and fitness organisations when following a COVID Safe Industry Plan:

    > resumption of activity including competition and physical contact is permitted on the field of play

    > indoor sports facilities can open with one person per 4 square metres (off the field of play)§

    > outdoor sports facilities can open with physical distancing (off the field of play).

    Businesses and economy

    > Maximum number of customers for a business at any one time is determined by the 4 square metre rule¥^

    > For smaller venues below 200 square metres, businesses can have one person per 2 square metres up to 50 persons at a time§¥

    > The following businesses and areas may re-open with a COVID Safe Plan: casinos, gaming and gambling venues (including electronic gaming machines) , non-therapeutic massage, saunas and bathhouses, nightclubs, food courts.

    > Office-based workers can return to their place of work

    > Up to 25,000 spectators or 50% of capacity (whichever is the lesser) at Queensland’s Major Sports Facilities, with a COVID Safe Plan

    > Concert venues, theatres and auditoriums can open and have up to 50% capacity or one person per 4 square metres (whichever is the greater), with a COVID Safe Plan

    > More events allowed: fewer than 500 people – no approval needed when following a COVID Safe Event Checklist. 500 to 10,000 people – need a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by local public health units. Over 10,000 people – need a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by the Queensland Chief Health Officer

    > COVID Safe Industry Plans continue to apply with revisions to reflect changes in Stage 3. COVID Safe Checklists continue to apply.

    BORDERS:

    From 12 noon 3 July 2020

    > Due to the current community transmission levels, the border with Victoria will remain closed and be strengthened.

    > Any person (whether a Queensland resident or non-Queensland resident) who has been in any local government area within the State of Victoria within the last 14 days should not come to Queensland. If they do, they must undergo mandatory quarantine in a hotel at their own expense for a minimum of 14 days.

    > Queensland residents must not travel to any local government area in Victoria.

    > The Queensland Government will implement enhanced border control measures, including border passes and identification screening

    From 12 noon 10 July 2020

    > From 10 July 2020, any person from New South Wales, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory may enter Queensland subject to completing and signing a border declaration.

    > If any person entering Queensland from whatever place has spent time in any local government area in Victoria during the past 14 days, they will be subject to mandatory hotel quarantine.

    Offences and quarantine measures

    > All persons entering Queensland must complete and sign a border declaration stating they have not been to any local government area in Victoria in the past 14 days. Penalties apply for false statements.

    > All flights will be checked and road vehicle borders will be enforced.

    > Police will enforce quarantine.

    > A person who refuses testing in quarantine will be subject to a further 10-day period at cost.

    Review

    The Queensland Chief Health Officer will review levels of community transmission and may impose additional restrictions should new hot spots occur.

  • Yeppoon Lagoon and Keppel Kraken to reopen 6 June 2020

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    22 June, 2020

    The Yeppoon Lagoon and Keppel Kraken will be reopened to the public from Saturday 6 June, with COVID-19 restrictions in place.

    The facilities were closed in March at the direction of the Queensland Government to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

    Councillor Tanya Lynch said in light of the State Government’s easing of restrictions to 20 person gatherings from Monday 1 June, Livingstone Shire Council had decided to reopen the facilities.

    “The Yeppoon Lagoon will be open for a maximum of 20 swimmers at any one time,” Cr Lynch said.

    “Patrons intending to swim will need to report to the registration area located on the southern side of the Café so swimmer numbers can be recorded and monitored.

    “We’re asking the community to please be respectful of the restrictions which are in place to keep us all safe.

    The Lagoon’s Change Village and Open Shower Area will remain closed but toilets will be open.

    The Keppel Kraken will also be reopened for 20 patrons at a time however Council will not be actively monitoring numbers at this facility so common sense should be exercised.

    Community showers remain closed but toilets are open.

    The public is being reminded to practise good hygiene, maintain social distancing of 1.5 metres and to stay home if unwell.

    For more health advice, please visit Queensland Health’s website: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19

  • COVIDSafe app

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    27 April, 2020
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    The COVIDSafe app speeds up contacting people exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19). This helps us support and protect you, your friends and family.

    The COVIDSafe app is part of our work to slow the spread of COVID-19. Having confidence we can find and contain outbreaks quickly will mean governments can ease restrictions while still keeping Australians safe.

    The new COVIDSafe app is completely voluntary. Downloading the app is something you can do to protect you, your family and friends and save the lives of other Australians. The more Australians connect to the COVIDSafe app, the quicker we can find the virus.

    For detailed questions and answers about this app, see our COVIDSafe app FAQs.


    What COVIDSafe is for

    The COVIDSafe app helps find close contacts of COVID-19 cases. The app helps state and territory health officials to quickly contact people who may have been exposed to COVID-19.

    The COVIDSafe app speeds up the current manual process of finding people who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19. This means you’ll be contacted more quickly if you are at risk. This reduces the chances of you passing on the virus to your family, friends and other people in the community.

    State and territory health officials can only access app information if someone tests positive and agrees to the information in their phone being uploaded. The health officials can only use the app information to help alert those who may need to quarantine or get tested.

    The COVIDSafe app is the only contact trace app approved by the Australian Government.


    How COVIDSafe works

    When you download the app you provide your name, mobile number, and postcode and select your age range (see Privacy). You will receive a confirmation SMS text message to complete installation. The system then creates a unique encrypted reference code just for you.

    COVIDSafe recognises other devices with the COVIDSafe app installed and Bluetooth enabled. When the app recognises another user, it notes the date, time, distance and duration of the contact and the other user’s reference code. The COVIDSafe app does not collect your location.

    To be effective, you should have the COVIDSafe app running as you go about your daily business and come into contact with people. Users will receive daily notifications to ensure the COVIDSafe app is running.

    The information is encrypted and that encrypted identifier is stored securely on your phone. Not even you can access it. The contact information stored in people’s mobiles is deleted on a 21-day rolling cycle. This period takes into account the COVID-19 incubation period and the time it takes to get tested. For more, see Privacy.

    When an app user tests positive for COVID-19

    When someone is diagnosed with COVID-19, state and territory health officials will ask them or their parent/guardian who they have been in contact with. If they have the COVIDSafe app and provide their permission, the encrypted contact information from the app will be uploaded to a highly secure information storage system. State and territory health officials will then:

    • use the contacts captured by the app to support their usual contact tracing
    • call people to let them or their parent/guardian know they may have been exposed
    • offer advice on next steps, including:
      • what to look out for
      • when, how and where to get tested
      • what to do to protect friends and family from exposure

    Health officials will not name the person who was infected.


    After the pandemic

    At the end of the Australian COVID-19 pandemic, users will be prompted to delete the COVIDSafe app from their phone. This will delete all app information on a person’s phone. The information contained in the information storage system will also be destroyed at the end of the pandemic.


    Deleting the COVIDSafe app

    You can delete the COVIDSafe app from your phone at any time. This will delete all COVIDSafe app information from your phone. The information in the secure information storage system will not be deleted immediately. It will be destroyed at the end of the pandemic. If you would like your information deleted from the storage system sooner, you can complete our request data deletion form.


    Privacy

    Your information and privacy is strictly protected.

    Read the COVIDSafe Privacy Policy for details on how personal information collected in the app is handled.

    A Privacy Impact Assessment was commissioned to ensure that privacy risks have been addressed. See the Privacy Impact Assessment Report and our Agency Response.

    The Health Minister has issued a Determination under the Biosecurity Act to protect people’s privacy and restrict access to information from the app. State and territory health authorities can access the information for contact tracing only. The only other access will be by the COVIDSafe Administrator to ensure the proper functioning, integrity and security of COVIDSafe, including to delete your registration information at your request. It will be a criminal offence to use any app data in any other way. The COVIDSafe app cannot be used to enforce quarantine or isolation restrictions, or any other laws.

    https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covidsafe-app