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Here's a COVID-19 information pack with some resources to keep you informed during this pandemic. 
 
This is the time to work as a community to stop the spread and protect the most vulnerable from COVID-19/Coronavirus. Together with my family, I'll be following the advice from the authorities, and I urge you to do the same. 

I understand these are very confusing and worrying times, however I will continue to do as much as I can to help. If you have any questions or would like further information, please don’t hesitate to contact me by email on burleigh@parliament.qld.gov.au or 5560 4100.
 
 Please note that this information is correct at the time of sending and may change as this is a rapidly changing situation.

Social distancing is one way to help slow the spread of viruses. 

  • Stay at home when you are sick
  • Avoid non-essential gatherings
  • Stay 4 square metres away from other people 
  • Please don't shake hands or hug other people
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitisers
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects
  • If you are sick, avoid contact with others
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue
  • Dispose of tissues properly
Consult trusted sources for advice. 

Websites:
Phone:
  • Non-urgent health advice: 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84)
  • 24/7 National Coronavirus Helpline for information: 1800 020 080
  • Emergency: 000
The main symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, sore throat, cough, and shortness of breath. A comprehensive list can be found here. 

You can also take the quiz. 
The Queensland Government website lists support that is currently available for businesses. 

There is also Federal Support. If you need assistance with tax matters, here is the website. 

Rest assured that I will forward information as it becomes available. As a former small business owner and a father with a wife and family, I understand your frustration at the volume of information that is contained in these links. It's a very difficult situation we are all facing during this unprecedented pandemic.
If your employment status has been affected by COVID-19, there is support. Please know that I empathise with you and your situation. 

Centrelink is a Federal Government matter (I'm a State MP). If you have any concerns, please contact your Federal MP. Find your Federal Electorate here. In the meantime, I'm working with the State LNP team to convince the Palaszczuk Labor Government to immediately freeze power, car rego, and water bills and issue payments to individuals in isolation. I'll keep you updated. 

Access through Queensland's borders will be restricted from 12.01am, Thursday 26 March 2020, to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) through the state.

These measures include:

  • Police checks on vehicles crossing the border
  • Travellers arriving at Queensland airports will be screened by enforcement officers
  • Unless you are exempt from quarantine requirements, you will have to enter 14 days of quarantine if you still want to come to Queensland.

Exemptions include:

  • Freight of any goods
  • Emergency vehicles 
  • Emergency workers
  • Those who travel to and from work, education and childcare in NSW, SA and NT
  • Medical treatment
  • FIFO workers
  • Court orders including Family Court
  • Other compassionate grounds.

In light of this update, holiday-makers from other states are encouraged not to visit Queensland. More information on exemptions here. Keep an eye out for updates on my Facebook page.  The online portal enabling members of the public to apply for a QLD Entry Pass can now be accessed via www.qld.gov.au/border-pass. The portal is designed for non-residents who have a need for essential travel into Queensland

Important Update on Schools

Next week all Queensland schools (independent and state) will move to be STUDENT FREE 

  • They will remain open for children of essential workers - that’s basically anyone who’s still required in their workplace
  • Any staff member of a school who is over 60 or has underlying health conditions is being accommodated to have no contact with students and to work from home
  • Extra cleaning has been provided for all schools and that is underway right now
  • Long day care centres and OSHC will remain open but parents are reminded to stay at home as much as possible
  • Student free days will let teachers to be able to prepare online material. Students can already access material through learning at home hub on the Education Department’s website 👇
    https://learningplace.education.qld.gov.au/
  • There is 2 weeks of learning ready to go right now, and more will come
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