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Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for the Bond community

Updated 29 March 2021

LOCKDOWN IN GREATER BRISBANE AND SURROUNDING AREAS - MONDAY 29 MARCH 2021

The Premier of Queensland has issued a lockdown for residents of, and visitors, to the Greater Brisbane area including the local government areas of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Redlands, and Logan from 5pm AEST this afternoon (Monday, 29 March 2021) to 5pm, Thursday, 1 April 2021. 

  • All students who are residents of these areas are required to leave campus in an orderly manner and to study remotely while lock down orders remain in place. 
  • All students who have visited any of these areas on or since Saturday, 20 March are also required to leave campus in an orderly manner and to study remotely while lock down orders remain in place. 
  • Any students living in Student Accommodation who have visited any of these areas on or since Saturday, 20 March are required to return to their rooms in an orderly manner and self-isolate while lock down orders remain in place. 

Information from the Government will be published as it becomes available at:https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/urgent-covid-19-update

Classes on Campus

The University’s aim is to continue classes as scheduled to minimise the impact on students.  Hence, classes will continue to be delivered on campus in multi-modal format.   However there will be some inevitable disruptions caused by the lock-down restrictions as some staff either live in, or have recently visited, the greater Brisbane area.  Academics will contact their students via iLearn to confirm teaching arrangements for the remainder of this semester.

Please check your iLearn site regularly for updates and further information.

Masks

The Government has put in place a State-wide directive that masks should be worn indoors and when physical distancing is not possible. 

At Bond:

  • All staff and students must wear a mask while indoors.  This includes all classrooms, libraries, student study areas, open-plan and shared offices, foyers, hallways, lifts and general circulation areas. If in doubt, wear a mask.
  • The exception to this is academic staff who are not required to wear a mask while delivering their classes.
  • Students will not be permitted to enter a classroom unless they are wearing a mask. 
  • Masks should be worn in all shared and common spaces within Student Accommodation.  Masks are not required within private rooms.

The University has a limited number of disposable masks in stock.   Students may collect a mask, free-of-charge, from Bond Express or Lakeside Café (one per person).  Please dispose of your masks responsibly.

Student Accomodation

Government orders require residents of Student Accomodation who have visited the restricted areas since Saturday, 20 March to self-isolate within their rooms.

  • Students in self-isolation can use the Bond Online Catering Service to order meals and other necessities (https://foodonline.bond.edu.au).  Please use the comments field to let us know that you are in isolation when you place your order.
  • Masks should be worn in all shared and common spaces within the residential colleges.  Masks are not required within private rooms.

Events

The lockdown will have implications for gatherings and events on the Gold Coast, and is likely to result in a number of scheduled events being postponed or cancelled.

 

GENERAL ADVICE

Queensland's COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

Queensland's vaccine strategy is guided by the COVID-19 vaccine National roll-out strategy. Information on vaccine rollout phases, the vaccination process and vaccination hub locations may be accessed at https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/protect-yourself-others/covid-19-vaccine/rollout

General Information for students

Staying COVID-safe on campus

Domestic borders - (changes relating to border closures)

The Queensland border is closed to anyone who has been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days or since the hotspot was declared (whichever is shorter). Information regarding current hotspots can be accessed here hotspots.

Border restriction information is available at:

https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/public-health-directions/border-restrictions

International borders

Queensland Health has clarified quarantine arrangements for New Zealanders entering Australia. From Wednesday 16 December :

  • anyone from New Zealand who travels to Australia on a quarantine-free flight can come to Queensland without needing to quarantine.

https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/public-health-directions/quarantine-for-persons-arriving-from-overseas

International borders remain closed to all other non-citizens and non-residents. The Department of Home Affairs website should be monitored regularly to see if this situation changes https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/.

Australian citizens and permanent residents and those exempt from the new entry restrictions are subject to a compulsory 14-day self-quarantine period upon returning to Australia regardless of where they are travelling from.

Bond University response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

This page provides up-to-date advice for Bond University students and community regarding our response to the current outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) . This website will be continually updated as new information becomes available.

As part of Bond's commitment to our community's health and safety we have set up a Coronavirus (COVID-19)  Response Team, which is monitoring the situation and following all the relevant advice from Government agencies and global organisations. The University is taking advice from both Federal and State authorities in responding to potential risks and will provide the latest advice and information to our community on this website over the coming period.

What's open on campus?

Sports Facility opening hours for Students, Staff, Bond Elite Athletes and Bond Alumni (Monday to Saturday):

  • Gymnasium - 6am - 8pm
  • Sports Hall, Beach Volleyball Court & Tennis Courts - 6am - 7.30pm
  • All other times are the same.

All enquiries to be directed through the Sports Centre +61 7 5595 4100

  • The Main Library, Law Library, MLC, Business Commons and HSM will be open, but a valid Student ID Card is required for access. Please monitor Opening Hours via the Library website and Library news
  • Alumni should visit the Security office on arrival to obtain access to the Library and MLC via a Alumni Access card.
  • University Club will be open - Bookings only with limited seating arrangements.
  • Lakeside will be open for dining (with limited seating arrangements) and takeaway. Opening hours will be displayed upon entry.
  • Papyrus and Pulse will be open for takeaway only. Opening hours will be displayed at each outlet.
  • Bond express will be open. Opening hours will be displayed at the entry.
  • Medical Centre will be open.
  • The Main Library, Law Library, MLC, Business Commons and HSM will be open, but a valid Student or Staff ID Card is required for access. Please monitor opening hours via the Library website and Library news.
  • Alumni should visit the Security office on arrival to obtain access to the Library and MLC via an Alumni Access card.
  • All visitors to campus should visit the Security office on arrival. Visitors and local High School students do not currently have general access to the Campus or buildings.

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