Queensland announces new quarantine rules for vaccinated people, as one new COVID case recorded

Queensland has announced new quarantine rules for fully vaccinated people, as the state records one new community case of COVID-19.Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said the new case was flagged as a potential positive on the Gold Coast yesterday, with the virus believed to have been transmitted through a casual contact at a Bunnings hardware store.Queensland COVID-19 snapshotReported in the past 24 hours:Locally acquired cases: 0Other sources: 0Tests: 9,000Queensland’s vaccine rollout (percentage of those aged 16+):First dose: 88.1 per centSecond dose: 80.6 per centLatest case information from Queensland Health.Ms D’Ath today outlined new quarantine rules for the state.From January 1, fully vaccinated people who are deemed close contacts will only need to quarantine for seven days.They will need to get tested on day five, and if that comes back negative, they will be released on day seven. However, from day eight to 14,  they will be required to wear masks everywhere outdoors and are required to avoid high-risk settings, such as hospitals and aged care facilities.”We know there is still a risk from day eight to 14, but we know that risk is reduced when you are fully vaccinated.”We don’t want to believe that businesses should need to shut down with these rules.”Ms D’Ath said the changes would come in the new year to allow authorities time to find out more about the Omicron variant.LIVE UPDATES: Read our blog for the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic”We cannot do this all at once … we have to do it sensibly and responsibly,” she said.”January 1 allows us a little bit of time to see how many cases we get, how many people are getting hospitalised.”Quarantine rules relax for household contacts and businessesCasual contacts will need to immediately get tested but only quarantine until their test results come back. Unvaccinated close contacts will still need to get tested and isolate for 14 days.How will Queensland reopen its borders?Will you and your loved ones be able to unite this festive season under Queensland’s border deadline plans? Here’s a quick guide.Read moreThe Health Minister also announced changes to quarantine requirements for people sharing housing with close contacts of cases.If you are a vaccinated household contact of a contact, you do not need to quarantine, but you will need to get tested on day one and day five.If you are unvaccinated and a household contact, and not able to separate from that contact in a household, you will need to do the same seven-day quarantine and comply with the same requirements from days eight to 14.Businesses will also no longer be required to be deep cleaned after they are identified as exposure sites.”We do not require a deep clean, businesses will only need to do a normal clean,” Ms D’Ath said.”So if it’s a restaurant … or a café … they might need to close for lunch and clean all the tables and chairs and a good wipe down of the facility and then they can open up for dinner again.”Ms D’Ath said authorities would be working with critical infrastructure, such as power stations and refineries, to keep them operating if there’s an outbreak.She said they would be working hand-in-hand to support close contacts to continue to go to work, even if they’re unable to work from home.Border bubble changes for some suburbsThe Health Minister also announced changes for some residents living in the border bubble.Want more local news?We offer tailored front pages for local audiences in each state and territory. Find out how to opt in for more Queensland news.Read moreFrom Monday, vaccinated residents in the border bubble towns Mungindi, Garah, Boomi, Toobeah, Boggabilla and Tulloona would be able to move freely across the Queensland-New South Wales border.They had been deemed restricted areas due to a recent outbreak in Moree.”We have seen still quite a large number of cases in Moree but we do accept that there’s surrounding towns that we believe we can open up more,” she said.”These will be townships and surrounds that, come Monday morning, will be bound by the same normal border zone that everyone else will be moving to and will not be bound by the restricted Moree LGA.”What you need to know about coronavirus:Loading form…

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