With new measures taking effect to keep Queenslanders safe in pubs, clubs and cafes from Friday, people are being asked to show respect for workers when they are asked to show proof of vaccination.
Launching the Be Kind at Check In Time campaign recently, minister for Health Yvette D’Ath said venues will be required to take all reasonable steps to comply with the Public Health and Social Measures Direction.
“That means hospitality and entertainment venues will be asking customers for proof of vaccination as they enter the premises or when they order,” Minister D’Ath said.
“I appreciate the commitment of many businesses that have gone above and beyond to assist Queensland’s response to COVID-19 – and now it’s our turn to support those business and their staff.
“Their actions have contributed to preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our community and allowed Queensland to reopen its borders and relax restrictions on businesses.”
Minister for Employment and Small Business Di Farmer said the Be Kind at Check In Time campaign will run throughout the state over the next four weeks.
“We’re taking to the airwaves, newsfeeds and shopfronts with a simple message – Be Kind,” Minister Farmer said.
“Small businesses have really borne the brunt of COVID-19 restrictions and Friday will be such a special day to be at full capacity with fully vaccinated patrons and staff.
“This is how we live with the virus on our terms and without closing businesses.”
“If businesses come across a non-compliant customer who refuses to the leave the premises, they should contact the Queensland Police,” Minister Farmer said.
Clear signage will indicate a venue’s vaccination requirements at the point of entry and service.
Penalties will apply for those people who do not comply, including $1,378 fines.
Milton Common owner Jimmy Young said the easing of capacity restrictions was an early Christmas present and marked the start of a new COVID normal.
“We’re just so happy to be able to have a full house again from Friday, especially with families reuniting and the borders opening,” Mr Young said.
“Our team is doing everything it can to make sure our customers are safe in line with the new rules.
“A bit of patience and respect goes a long way as we enter this new COVID normal for everyone.
“We’ve got quite a few younger staff who work really hard, and they don’t deserve to cop a serve from anyone just for doing their job.”
In addition to the Be Kind at Check In Time campaign, there are a range of materials available to help businesses implement the new public health measures, including signage, Q&As and information on the Business Queensland website.
More than 2,000 businesses have already accessed TAFE Queensland’s free online course to help them understand the new measures and manage the entry of customers, including checking their vaccination status.
To show your support for the Be Kind at Check In Time campaign, materials can be downloaded from www.business.qld.gov.au/vaccination-restrictions.
To keep the community safe, regulated dogs must wear a specific type of distinctive red and yellow striped collar starting in the new year.
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner said currently regulated dogs had to wear a distinctive collar, but the appearance was not specified and there were inconsistencies across different local government areas.
“From 1 January 2022 all regulated dogs in Queensland must wear a collar that has red and yellow angled reflective stripes,” Mr Furner said.
“We want the same collar worn everywhere, so we all know what to look out for.”
Regulated dogs include restricted breeds, declared dangerous dogs and declared menacing dogs.
Restricted breeds are dog breeds that are not permitted to be imported into Australia. Declared dangerous and menacing dogs are dogs that have been declared by the relevant local council.
Mr Furner said making the distinctive collar mandatory would help promote responsible management of regulated dogs and allow local government officers and community members to quickly identify a regulated dog.
“If you are aware of a regulated dog not wearing a distinctive collar, call your local council and don’t approach the dog,” he said.
The changes followed consultation with local governments in partnership with the Local Government Association of Queensland.
For more information visit qld.gov.au/families and search for ‘regulated dogs’.