Tag Archives: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Redland City Council services resume with restrictions


Following the State Government’s announcement that the Greater Brisbane COVID-19 lockdown will end at 6pm today, all Redland City Council services will resume tomorrow, Tuesday 12 January 2021, with some conditions to apply.

The three-day lockdown, that included Redland City, Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan and Moreton Bay local government areas, started at 6pm on Friday, causing the closure of all non-essential Council services.

Those services will resume from Tuesday morning, with some restrictions as directed by Queensland Health.

This includes the directive that everyone must carry a face mask at all times and wear it indoors, except in your home, and a recommendation to wear it outdoors if you are unable to stay more than 1.5m from other people, such as on busy walkways and thoroughfares.

Masks must be worn in all Council libraries, art galleries and customer service centres, the Visitor Information Centre, Redland Performing Arts Centre, Redland Animal Shelter and IndigiScapes Centre.

People must also wear masks while travelling on the RACQ Smart Shuttle trial service at Raby Bay.

At Recycling and Waste Centres, patrons must wear a mask if they are unable to maintain a 1.5m distance from staff and other users. All children under 12 must remain in their vehicle.

Patrons are asked to follow the directions of staff, who will monitor any delays and queues and put measures in place to minimise them.

Visitors to the Cleveland Aquatic Centre and the Bay Islands Aquatic Centre on Russell Island must also maintain a 1.5m distance from other people, or wear a mask.

Queensland Health’s requirements for carrying and wearing face masks will continue until 1am on Friday 22 January 2021.

There are also restrictions applying to the number of people who can gather in businesses and venues, with one person per 4 sqm indoors and 2 sqm outdoors.

As a result, programs and workshops scheduled up until 22 January at Redland Art Galleries have been cancelled, and there may be some changes to scheduled activities and programs at council libraries and IndigiScapes Centre.

Under the restrictions, the numbers of diners will need to be reduced at IndigiScapes café and groups of no more than 20 people can gather in public spaces such as Council parks.

Residents and visitors to Redlands Coast are encouraged to continue to practise COVID-safe measures.

For further information about the health directive and the latest health advice, visit health.qld.gov.au

Redlands Local Disaster Management Group on alert


Redlands Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) met this afternoon and remains at alert to prepare for the latest COVID-19 threat.

LDMG Chair Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the meeting attended by representatives from Redland City Council, Queensland Health, emergency services, Sealink, Surf Lifesaving Queensland, Department of Communities, and Local Government Association of Queensland.

SeaLink advised that they have extended services operating to and from North Stradbroke Island to help visitors leave the island and return home.

The last SeaLink passenger ferry will leave Cleveland at 7.25pm today and leave Dunwich on North Stradbroke Island at 7.55pm.

SeaLink vehicle and passenger ferry will continue to operate over the next three days, with additional services where required. Check the SeaLink website for details.

The vehicle and passenger ferries to the Southern Moreton Bay Islands will continue on their normal timetables.

LDMG also discussed testing clinics on the islands and mainland, many of which now do not require GP referral, however some fever clinics require prior booking. Eight Miles Plains is a 24/7 testing clinic. Visit the Queensland Government’s Testing and Fever Clinics page for more information.

Those people who have been advised to home quarantine are reminded there is a Queensland Government Community Recovery Hotline (ph 1800 173 349) that can provide assistance including arranging non-contact delivery of essential food and medication if you are in home quarantine with no other means of support.

Council closures during Greater Brisbane COVID-19 lockdown


The Queensland Government has today announced a three-day lockdown due to COVID-19 for Greater Brisbane, including Redland City, from 6pm Friday 8 January 2021 to 6pm Monday 11 January 2021.

Other local government areas affected by the health directive are Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich and Logan.

Queensland Health has advised that from 6pm today, people in these local government areas will be required to stay at home except for essential purposes, including for food, health care, exercise and essential work purposes and masks will need to be worn everywhere in these areas except for when people are at home.

Under the restrictions, all Redland City Council non-essential services will be closed from close of business today, Friday 8 January 2021 until 8.30am Tuesday 12 January 2021 (see below for pool reopening hours).

This includes:

Council’s Customer Service Centres
Council’s Customer Service Centres at Cleveland, Capalaba and Victoria Point will be closed, and residents are strongly encouraged to use Council’s online and telephone services as much as possible.
Council’s Customer Contact Centre is available for all phone enquiries on (07) 3829 8999 Monday to Friday, 8am–5pm, excluding public holidays.

Libraries, Galleries, RPAC and IndigiScapes
Redland Libraries will be closed but the libraries’ extensive online services will continue, including e-books, e-audio books, e-magazines, music, movies and children’s stories.
Council’s art galleries, Redland Performing Arts Centre and Redland IndigiScapes Centre and Nursery will be closed.

Visitor Information Centre
While the Visitor Information Centre will be closed, information will still be available by phone on 1300 667 386 or on the Redlands Coast website.

Redland Animal Shelter
The gates to Redland Animal Shelter will be closed, with onsite staff available for emergency drop-offs only from 9am to 12pm Saturday and Sunday, 9-10 January 2021 and from 8.30am to 4.30pm on Monday, 11 January 2021.

Community halls
Indoor venues, including community halls, will be closed.

Public swimming pools
Cleveland Aquatic Centre and Bay Islands Aquatic Centre will be closed. The pools are scheduled to reopen:

  • Cleveland Aquatic Centre – 5am, Tuesday 12 January
  • Bay Island Aquatic Centre – 6am, Tuesday 12 January

During the three-day lockdown, Council will not be enforcing compliance on vehicles over-staying the parking limits at public marinas, but compliance for safety issues will continue to be enforced.

The RACQ Smart Shuttle trial service at Raby Bay, Cleveland will not be operating on Saturday and Sunday, 9-10 January 2021.

More information
Watch Council’s website and social media for updates.

The Queensland Government is the lead agency in managing the public health response to COVID-19.

For more information about the health directive and the latest health advice, visit health.qld.gov.au

Council ensures COVID-safe measures for urgent community evacuations


Redland City Council is encouraging island residents to identify friends and family on the mainland they may be able to stay with as part of their disaster plan for this year’s fire and storm season.

Mayor Karen Williams, who is also chair of the Redlands Local Disaster Management Group, said that with the storm and fire season having arrived, it was timely for island residents to nominate a mainland location in case of evacuations.

“If a bushfire is approaching someone’s home, they obviously cannot shelter in place, so one option may be to shelter with friends or family if it is safe to do so,” she said.

“For people living on the mainland this may be possible, but for our island residents the possibility is less likely, as those people will often be evacuating too.

“So it is important for all island residents to have conversations now with family and friends on the mainland they could shelter with.

“If this is not possible, the next step may be to evacuate people to commercial accommodation providers, in which case Council would determine the provider and assist with transport off the islands.

“We’re unable to confirm accommodation providers ahead of any emergency, as whether we use them is dependent on the circumstances and some providers may themselves need to close due to the event.”

Cr Williams said Council had investigated COVID-safe measures should evacuations be needed due to an emergency situation such as bushfire or widespread floods.

“Because of COVID, it is even more important for residents to identify friends and family they may be able to stay with, which would then reduce how many places are required at evacuation centres,” Cr Williams said.

“As always, decisions will be made in the best interest of public safety in an emergency, and Council will distribute information in a timely manner to help keep people informed.”

“With the storm and fire season upon us, I urge residents, especially island residents, to be prepared by having a three-day supply of food and drinking water available at all times, and to be prepared to evacuate to family and friends on the mainland or other accommodation providers in case that becomes necessary.”

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said he wanted to remind island residents that should they develop any COVID-19 symptoms and require a test, Mater Pathology collection centres were still open at 2 Alison Crescent, Russell Island and 14 Brighton Road, Macleay Island.

“The pathology service on the islands is supported by mobile collection for those people who find travel to the collection centres difficult,” he said.

“A referral from your doctor is needed, which could be arranged through a telehealth appointment.

“It is best that anyone on the islands with symptoms contacts their doctor for advice.”

Council urges pre-schoolies visitors to behave responsibly and stay COVID-safe


Redland City Council is urging young people who may be planning to visit North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) for ‘pre-schoolies’ to stay vigilant and follow Queensland Health COVID-19 restrictions.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council wrote to the chair of the District Disaster Coordination Centre last month to advise of the upcoming event and seek advice regarding the expected influx of school leavers that visit the island during the September school holidays.

“While there are usually no planned events for pre-schoolies, there are generally large gatherings on the island’s beaches and in the townships, so we wrote to Queensland Health to make them aware of the event,” she said.

“The response acknowledged that while there may be increased travellers to the island, there are no formal planned events, so school leavers would need to comply with the relevant Queensland Health restrictions in place at the time.

“We welcome these young adults to Redlands Coast, but with large groups comes heightened risk of virus transmission so it is also vital that they help us prevent local outbreaks by adhering to COVID-19 restrictions.

“This includes keeping to the physical distancing rule of staying at least 1.5m away from others, the gathering rules of no more than 10 people in public and private places – excluding venues with a COVID-safe plan in place – and regularly washing and sanitising hands.”

Division 2 Councillor for North Stradbroke Island Peter Mitchell said young visitors to the island should also follow any directions given by Queensland Police.

“There are vulnerable communities living on Minjerribah, and the last thing we would want to see is an outbreak of COVID-19 there,” Cr Mitchell said.

“The rules are in place for a good reason and fines for breaches are significant.

“While Minjerribah is a beautiful location to celebrate the transition from school to adulthood, I urge all visitors to the island to help keep themselves and others safe by acting responsibly, knowing the rules, and keeping to them.”

For information about COVID-19 restrictions in Queensland, visit qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19

 

COVID-19 testing clinics update for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands


The temporary COVID-19 testing clinics located at the Russell Island Recreation Hall and Macleay Island Community Hall will close at 4pm today, Wednesday 9 September.

Mater Pathology will continue to provide COVID-19 testing at the following locations this Thursday and Friday.

  • Russell Island: 7.30am – 3.00pm at 2 Alison Crescent, Russell Island
  • Macleay Island: – 7.30am – 3.00pm at 14 Brighton Road, Macleay Island.

From Monday (14 September), COVID-19 testing will resume at the following locations:

2 Alison Crescent, Russell Island

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday – 7.30am – 2.00pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday – 7.30am – 11.30am

14 Brighton Road, Macleay Island

  • Monday to Friday – 7.30am – 2.00pm

Please note that commencing Monday 14 September, any person attending these clinics will require a referral. If your appointment with your doctor is via telehealth, please request they send the referral form to pathology.administration@mater.org.au, alternatively you can print the referral form and bring it to your COVID-19 test.

If you are unwell or are unable to travel to your local testing centre, please discuss with your doctor what alternative options for testing are available to you.

It is important that our residents remain vigilant for any COVID-19 symptoms, if you develop any of these symptoms, no matter how mild, you should organise to get tested. Symptoms include:

  • Fever (37.5 degrees or higher)
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of smell and/or taste.

It is important that any person who gets tested travels directly to their home and remains in isolation, this includes not attending, work, school or any social activities.

If your test result is negative, you receive a SMS text message. If you do not have a mobile, you will be contacted by Mater Pathology. If your test result is positive, you will be contacted by Public Health who will advise you on what steps to take next.

If you have any further health concerns or questions, please call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) for a confidential phone service that provides health advice to Queenslanders 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Alternatively, contact your doctor to organise a telehealth appointment.

Residents are advised to continue monitoring the Public Health Contact Tracing Alert which identifies locations where a confirmed case of COVID-19 has visited. Any person who has attended these locations during the identified time should monitor their health for COVID-19 symptoms. For more information please visit https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/contact-tracing

For the most up-to-date, reliable information, visit the Queensland Health website: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19

To find your nearest testing centre, visit: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/stay-informed/testing-and-fever-clinics

For more information on self-isolation at home visit: https://www.health.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0026/951065/covid19-self-isolation-requirements-final.pdf

Russell and Macleay islands COVID-19 testing clinics update


The Macleay Island COVID-19 testing clinic will remain open on Tuesday 8 September.

The clinic is located at the Macleay Island Community Centre on the corner of Scarborough Terrace and High Central Road.

Operating hours are 10am to 4pm daily.

The testing clinic at Russell Island Recreation Hall will continue until at least Wednesday 9 September.

This clinic’s operating hours are 8am to 4pm daily.

Anyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19 should be tested and isolate at home until they receive their test results.

COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, loss of taste or smell, tiredness and muscle aches, vomiting and/or diarrhoea, shortness of breath.

Karragarra Island or Lamb Island residents who develop symptoms are encouraged to contact their doctor for a telehealth consultation.

For a list of locations visited by people who recently tested positive to COVID-19, visit: qld.gov.au/…/cor…/current-status/contact-tracing

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

The most up-to-date, reliable information is available on the Queensland Health website: health.qld.gov.au/coronavirus

For more information from the Queensland Government, visit: qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/urgent-covid-19-update

Russell and Macleay Island COVID-19 testing expanded


Queensland Health has advised its pop up COVID-19 testing clinic will remain open at Russell Island until at least Wednesday 9 September.

The clinic, open from 8am-4pm daily, is at the Russell Island Recreation Hall, adjacent the ferry terminal.

Expanded testing facilities are also at nearby Macleay Island. The Macleay Island COVID Testing Clinic is located at the Medical Clinic, beside the Chemist on Scarborough Terrace today 6 September 2020.

Tomorrow, 7 September 2020 the Macleay Island COVID Testing Clinic will move to the Macleay Island Community Centre on the corner of Scarborough Terrace and High Central Road due to expected inclement weather.

Operating hours are 10am to 4pm daily.

If residents from Karragarra Island or Lamb Island are feeling unwell, you are encouraged to contact your doctor for a consultation, particularly using Telehealth options.

Read the Letter to Russell Island Residents from Metro South Health to help keep residents safe.

🎥 WATCH: Russell Island COVID-19 update from Queensland’s Deputy Premier Steven Miles and Chief Health Officer, Dr Jeannette Young.

The updated contact tracing 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

Russell Island COVID-19 contact tracing locations


Queensland Health has this evening released the list of places and times identified after a Russell Island resident tested positive for COVID-19.

Have you been to these places on Russell Island or Redland Bay on the dates and times specified?

  • 1 September – Canaipa Nursery & Tea Centre, Russell Island – 12.00pm – 12.30pm
  • 1 September – Super IGA Supermarket, Russell Island 12.40pm- 12.50pm
  • 1 September – Passenger Ferry: Russell Island to Redland Bay – 1.30pm – 2.10pm
  • 1 September – Passenger Ferry: Redland Bay to Russell Island – 4.00pm – 4.30pm
  • 2 September – Russell Island Pharmacy, Russell Island – Morning
  • 3 September – Super IGA Supermarket, Russell Island – 12.00pm – 2.00pm
  • 4 September – Super IGA Supermarket, Russell Island – 8.00am – 8.30am

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 and isolate until they receive their test result.

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

COVID-19 testing clinic at Russell Island Recreation Hall


A pop up COVID-19 testing clinic has been established at the Russell Island Recreation Hall, near the ferry terminal, at 2 High Street, Russell Island.

Queensland Health has established the clinic with assistance from Redland City Council and the Local Disaster Management Group.

It is open from 4pm – 8pm – Saturday 5 September 2020 and 8am – 4pm – Sunday 6 September 2020.

If you have the mildest of symptoms, get tested.

Also practice social distancing and wear a face mask if you cannot social distance.

More information: https://metrosouth.health.qld.gov.au/covid-19/fever-clinic-locations