Unvaccinated Queenslanders will be barred from pubs, cafes, stadiums, music festivals and visiting hospitals from December 17 or when the state reaches the 80 per cent double dose vaccination mark.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed on Tuesday that pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes will be freed of all restrictions provided all patrons and staff are fully vaccinated.
Events at Queensland government stadiums will be for the fully vaccinated only, including staff. That means anyone wanting to attend any sporting event or concert will need to get both jabs.
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Entertainment venues including live music and karaoke bars and music festivals will also have similar rules.
There will also be no limit on weddings where all attendees are vaccinated.
Visitors to Aged Care, Hospitals, Prisons and Disability Services will also be required to be vaccinated except in end of life, childbirth or emergencies.
Fully vaccinated Queenslanders will be rewarded on 17 December or once we reach 80% double dosed ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/6sN91BYM1U
— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) November 9, 2021
The Premier said these measures are a reward for vaccinated Queenslanders who deserve their lives to return to normal when the borders reopen.
“This pandemic has been a long, hard road,” the Premier said.
“Soon our borders will open and COVID will be in our communities.
“This is about keeping our freedoms.”
Police will enforce the requirements of the venues.
“We don’t expect venues to act as the police, that is actually our role,” Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said.
“We do expect venues to .. display the vaccination rules. Ask for the evidence of vaccination and if there is no evidence, they can obviously ask that person to leave.
“If they refuse to leave, call the police.
“We have seen bad behaviour in other states.
“That will not be tolerated here, if people do not comply there will be enforcement action.”
The Premier said the Queensland Check-In App will be updated in the coming weeks to allow residents to update their vaccine status.
“It’s going to be very easy, very seamless, for people just to get out their phones and do exactly what they’ve been doing now to show that they are vaccinated,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
The Premier said this was about giving businesses the certainty they had been calling for.
“Business wanted certainty and today we are giving that certainty,” she said.
“We have had discussions with unions as well.
“This gives them the certainty that they need to prepare for the Christmas holidays.”