Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updates and resources

Greater Brisbane area three-day lockdown ends 
Issued Thursday 1 April 2021

The QLD Government has announced this morning that the Greater Brisbane area three-day lockdown will end today, 12:00pm (AEST) Thursday 1 April. 

Revised QLD restrictions >

From 12:00pm (midday) AEST Thursday 1 April until Thursday 15 April, the below restrictions will remain in place for ALL OF QUEENSLAND.

Points to note: 

  • You must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home, unless you have a lawful reason not to
  • Masks must be worn in ALL indoor spaces and workplaces, including retail outlets
  • Retail capacity is one person per 2sqm
  • You can leave your home for any purpose
    Record-keeping required for businesses

Please continue to ensure your COVID-Safe Plan is in place and follow the QLD Health guidance. 

Full information on public health orders and restrictions, please visit QLD Government website for updates, as and when they are published.

AMIC will continue to inform our members with any further COVID-19 updates and impacts across all States.

Keep safe!

Masks mandatory in ALL of Queensland
Issued Monday 29 March 2021

Greater Brisbane area will enter into a three-day lockdown.
Masks are mandatory in ALL of Queensland.

The QLD Government has published a public health direction outlining the restrictions for Queensland and the Greater Brisbane area.

From 5.00pm today, 29 March 2021, people who have been in the greater Brisbane region since 20 March 2021 will be subject to home confinement restrictions. The impacted Local Government Areas are City of Brisbane, City of Ispwich, Logan City, Moreton Bay Region, and Redland City.

People in the impacted local government areas (LGAs) will be required to stay at home except for essential reasons.

Full list of restrictions >

Points to note:
  • Masks are mandatory for ALL of Queensland including Greater Brisbane area
  • You must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home, unless you have a lawful reason not to
  • You must wear a mask in indoor spaces, including shopping centres, supermarkets, retail outlets and indoor markets

Reasons to leave home in Greater Brisbane area:

  • Shopping for essentials, food and necessary supplies
  • Medical or healthcare needs, including compassionate requirements
  • Exercise with no more than one other person, unless all from the same household
  • Providing care or assistance to an immediate family member
  • Work, or volunteering, or study if it is not reasonably practicable to work or learn remotely

Please ensure your COVID-Safe Plan is in place and follow the QLD Health guidance. Click the links below for posters you can use for your business.

Download COVID-Safe poster 
Download COVID-Safe mask poster

Please monitor the QLD Government website for updates, as and when they are published.

Stay safe!

COVID-19 Vaccination Guidance Information
Issued Tuesday 22 February 2021

AMIC has confirmed with the Federal and State Governments, that meat processing workers are included in Phase 1b of the COVID-19 vaccine priority rollout. This inclusion is noted within their national rollout strategy as: Critical and high risk workers including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing.

Independent retail butcher workers are contained in Phase 2a and categorised as ‘Other critical and high risk workers’.

The rollout of the vaccine commenced this week for Phase 1a, and it is expected that Phase 1b recipients will commence late March 2021 at the earliest, with Phase 2a following thereafter subject to vaccine availability. 

This provides sufficient time for the meat industry to prepare for the vaccination process, but also to be clear about what are the roles and responsibilities of the Government, employers, workers and others.

The below link provides a detailed outline of guidance information, which also includes answers to the most frequently asked questions, which has been provided by the relevant government departments.

COVID-19 Vaccination Guidance Information >

Social Distancing

One way to slow the spread of the virus is social distancing.

We have compiled the guidelines from the Australian Government Department of Health website on social distancing, and created a poster for you to download and put up in your business. Together we can help to stop the spread of the virus.

Resources for Businesses

As at April 2020 – Please see above for latest updates


Visitors, WHS and HR issues


COVID-19 and meat products


Government support for businesses

The material on this webpage has been compiled from both State and Federal government sources. It does not constitute legal advice or recommendations and should not be relied upon as such. Appropriate legal advice should be sought that reflects your individual circumstances.

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