Land Forces 2021 in Brisbane next week has been designated an event of national importance and will go ahead as planned – with most Victorians barred.
Being a strong defence-industry state and home to Land Forces organisers, the COVID-19 travel ban will affect many exhibitors, visitors and some event staff – but the show must go on.
On Thursday 27 May the Queensland government announced new COVID-19 restrictions on anyone wishing to enter Queensland, who has been in Victoria in the past 14 days.
This comes after the Victoria announced it would enter a seven-day COVID-19 lockdown from 11.59pm on Thursday 27 May.
Organiser AMDA Foundation has implemented contingency plans to ensure the event proceeds, in line with all Queensland government guidelines and restrictions.
A summary of the Queensland government specific restrictions is as follows…
If you have been in Victoria in the past 14 days and intend to enter Queensland after 1am Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on Friday 28 May
From 1am AEST Friday 28 May all of Victoria will be declared a COVID-19 hotspot.
Anyone who has been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the past 14 days or since the start date identified for the hotspot (whichever is shorter) will not be allowed to enter Queensland unless they are a Queensland resident, except for a limited range of people who can enter for essential purposes.
Anyone who is allowed to enter Queensland after 1am AEST Friday 28 May will be required to go into 14 days mandatory hotel quarantine in Brisbane. Anyone who arrives in Queensland where there are no quarantine hotels, may be moved to a location where there is quarantine hotel space available.
If people usually live in Queensland, they will be directed to hotel quarantine in either Brisbane or Cairns.
The official Border Restrictions Direction outlines the restrictions that apply to anyone who has been to a COVID-19 hotspot.
If you have been in Victoria in the past 14 days and are intending to enter Queensland between 1am AEST Thursday 27 May and 12.59 am AEST Friday 28 May. Victoria lockdown requirements apply from 1am AEST Friday 28 May.
Anyone who arrives in Queensland after 1am AEST Thursday 27 May and before 12.59pm AEST Friday 28 May and has been in Victoria in the past 14 days will be required to follow the lockdown requirements set by the Victorian government.
You must remain at home or at your arranged accommodation for the duration of the lockdown.
You can only leave your home for these reasons:
- to get essential goods or services – such as groceries, pet food, medical or necessary supplies
- for medical or health care, including fulfilling carer responsibilities and to get a COVID-19 test
- for an end of life visit if an exemption has been granted by the Chief Health Officer and allowed by the facility you are attending
- to avoid injury or illness or to escape a risk of harm – for example, escaping risk of harm related to domestic and family violence or accessing support from a domestic and family violence support service
- to exercise outdoors alone or with someone from your household
- get a vaccine if you are booked in and have no symptoms
- to leave Queensland by air to return to Victoria by the most direct route without stopping (as long as not a close contact)
You must wear a face mask (unless you have a lawful reason not to) if leaving your house for a permitted purpose.
You must provide information, including photo identification, to an emergency officer if requested.
You must continue to monitor the list of interstate exposure venues.
If you have been in Victoria in the past 14 days and arrived into Queensland before 1am AEST Thursday 27 May
Anyone who has been in Victoria in the last 14 days who develops COVID-19 symptoms should get tested.
If you have been in Victoria in the past 14 days you must monitor the list of interstate exposure venues for 14 days after entering Queensland. If you have been to an interstate exposure venue (during the risk period for that venue), you must:
- remain at home or at your arranged accommodation for 14 days after being at the exposure venue
- complete the online contact tracing self-assessment. If you are unable to complete the online contact tracing self-assessment please call 134 COVID (134 268).
- get a COVID-19 test (wear a mask while you are out) as soon as possible and return and remain at home or in your arranged accommodation, even if you get a negative test result, for 14 days after being at the exposure venue.
Read more about what you need to do if you have been to an interstate exposure venue including home quarantine requirements.