Restricting cruise ships from entering Queensland waters Direction
Effective from: 11.59 pm on 6 April 2020
Posted: 6 April 2020
Direction from Chief Health Officer in accordance with emergency powers arising from the declared public health emergency
Public Health Act 2005 (Qld)
On 29 January 2020, under the Public Health Act 2005, the Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services made an order declaring a public health emergency in relation to coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The public health emergency area specified in the order is for ‘all of Queensland’. Its duration has been extended by regulation to 19 May 2020 and may be further extended.
Further to this declaration, l, Dr Jeannette Young, Chief Health Officer, reasonably believe it is necessary to give the following directions pursuant to the powers under s 362B of the Public Health Act 2005 to assist in containing, or to respond to, the spread of COVID-19 within the community.
- This Public Health Direction may be referred to as the Restricting cruise ships from entering Queensland waters Direction.
PART 1 — DIRECTION – RESTRICTIONS ON CRUISE SHIPS
- This direction applies from 11:59 pm on 6 April 2020 until the end of the declared public health emergency, unless it is revoked or replaced.
- The operator of a foreign flagged cruise ship must not allow the ship to enter Queensland waters before 15 June 2020 unless permitted under the Biosecurity (Human Biosecurity Emergency) (Human Coronavirus with Pandemic Potential) (Emergency Requirements) Determination 2020 (Cwlth).
For the purposes of this Public Health Direction:
- Cruise ship means a vessel that:
- has sleeping facilities for 100 or more passengers; and
- is usually used to provide a service of sea transportation, being a service that:
- is provided in return for a fee payable by persons using the service; and
- is available to the general public.
- Queensland waters means all waters that are:
- within the limits of the State; or
- coastal waters of the State.
- Coastal waters of the State means:
- the parts of the territorial sea of Australia that are within the adjacent area in respect of the State, other than any part mentioned in the Coastal Waters (State Powers) Act 1980 (Cwlth), section 4(2); or
- any sea that is on the landward side of any part of the territorial sea of Australia and within the adjacent area in respect of the State, but is not within the limits of the State.
PART 2 - PENALTIES
A person to whom the direction applies commits an offence if the person fails, without reasonable excuse, to comply with the direction.
Section 362D of the Public Health Act 2005 provides:
Failure to comply with public health directions
- A person to whom a public health direction applies must comply with the direction unless the person has a reasonable excuse.
- Maximum penalty—100 penalty units.
Dr Jeannette Young
Chief Health Officer
6 April 2020
Published on the Queensland Health website at 6 April 2020, 10:27pm