There are a number of COVID-19 venue restrictions coming into effect from 17 December which will affect legal practitioners who are not fully vaccinated.
Unvaccinated people will be unable to visit vulnerable settings from 17 December, including prisons, hospitals, residential aged care facilities and disability accommodation services. These restrictions will apply to unvaccinated legal practitioners who may usually meet and attend to clients in these settings.
Yesterday’s announcement regarding Queensland’s border reopening on 13 December does not bring the planned venue restriction date forward for unvaccinated people.
Queensland Chief Justice Catherine Holmes issued a new COVID-related practice direction yesterday for people entering court buildings. It requests that any practitioner or unrepresented party who is not fully vaccinated, notify the relevant registry at least 24 hours before attending. Read more on the courts’ policy.
Please note that ‘fully vaccinated’ means having received two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine. Proof of vaccination can be shown through your ‘Check-in Queensland App’, by linking your digital vaccination certificate to the app. Further guidance regarding COVID-19 restrictions, or more information about vaccinations, can be accessed from Queensland Health.
For more information about the legal profession’s coronavirus response and key developments, visit the QLS COVID-19 page.