As you will have heard, the hard lockdown for the eleven local government areas of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Noosa, Redland, Scenic Rim, Somerset and Sunshine Coast has been extended until 4pm Sunday 8 August 2021 to help stop the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19.

Queensland Health has reconfirmed that the building and construction can continue at this time, but is urging the industry to please take a common sense approach. This includes the wearing of appropriate PPE and ensuring that tradespersons do not enter a household where members are either in quarantine or have any COVID-19 like symptoms.

Construction is currently not a restricted business under the current Chief Health Officer public health directives (that can be found here). Meaning that where the construction is on a site that is or includes a home residence or business, such as a restaurant or hospital, building and construction works (including those undertaken by service trades) can continue.

Given the extended duration of the lockdown it may now not be feasible to postpone planned renovations, repairs or maintenance required to ensure a property is accessible, safe and functional. This may include work on the interior, exterior or grounds of a property.

Interactions between building and construction workers and residence, staff or visitors to the business should be kept to a minimum.

Queensland Health wants to reinforce to the building and construction industry, that masks are to be worn at all times when outside of places of residence, in workplaces (including on building and constructions sites where it is safe to do so) and on public transport.

We will continue to provide further details in due course.

Further information on the lockdown can be found here.

Information on current Chief Health Officer public health directives can be found here.