29 March 2021
All you need to know about the latest Greater Brisbane lockdown and specific details on how it impacts the building and construction industry.
From 5pm tonight (29 March) until 5pm Thursday (1 April), people in the local government areas of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Redlands and Logan will be required to stay at home except to:
- attend work if you can’t work from home
- buy essentials like groceries and medicine
- look after the vulnerable, and
- exercise within their neighbourhood.
Building and construction remains open
As was the case during the recent short lockdown in January 2021, building and construction is considered an essential service, and remains open for business.
Like last time, it is likely Master Builders Display Villages will be required to shut to the public for this period of time. If there are any changes to this, we will advise our display village builder members immediately.
Across Queensland (including Greater Brisbane), if you leave home you must wear a mask when in indoor spaces and it is strongly recommended that you wear a mask when outdoors if you are unable to stay more than 1.5m distance from other people, such as busy walkways and thoroughfares. You must also carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home.
More detailed information on the guidelines is available in the latest Queensland Health COVID-19 update.
Advice for members
- Wear a mask at all times when you're outside your home
- Ensure your COVID-19 plan is up to date
- Implement hygiene measures – hand wash, sanitiser, and cleaning protocols
- Ensure social distancing measures are in place and enforced
- Limit numbers of people doing tasks to only those necessary
- Schedule work so that numbers of people in the same place are limited
- When dealing with homeowners – ensure that you only undertake work that is essential, and send only those people who are needed to perform the work
We remain open for business and as always, are here to answer any questions you might have, so please feel free to call us on 1300 30 50 10.
We're already fielding calls from members regarding finer details of the lockdown. Here's what we know so far.
Can I travel in and out of Greater Brisbane for construction work?
Yes, as far as we know at this point in time, you can leave the Greater Brisbane area once the lockdown period commences to perform construction work. However you will need to abide by the lockdown restrictions at all times.
For example, if you live in Brisbane and you have a project on the Gold Coast, you can go there to do this work as long as you abide by the Brisbane restrictions while on site.
You can enter Greater Brisbane from outside the region, such as from the Sunshine Coast or Gold Coast to perform construction work, and then return home. However you must follow restrictions while in the Greater Brisbane area and continue to abide by the lockdown restrictions on your return home.
For example, if you are a construction worker who lives at the Gold Coast and you have a project in Brisbane, you can attend the site in Brisbane.
You will need to follow the lockdown rules while on site as well as when you return home, such as staying home and only leaving your home for essential purposes, wearing a mask when travelling outside your home, and limiting the numbers of people into your home.
What documentation do I need?
We recommended that if you are travelling to locations to and from the Greater Brisbane area then you should:
- Take personal identification with you
- Take information with you about your purpose of travel, such as a contract or work order or evidence that you are a construction worker.
- Go directly to and from your home to the worksite without stopping to do non-essential activities (such as shopping, or grabbing a bite to eat)
- Wear a mask
- Follow hygiene and social distancing rules.
For more information, head to the Queensland Health website.