Important Qld COVID-19 update

An important update about easing of restrictions for the Greater Brisbane area and what this means for Aruma's services.

January 11, 2021

This morning the Queensland Government announced that there were no new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. As a result, from 6pm tonight, 11 January, restrictions will be eased for the Greater Brisbanearea (Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, Moreton Bay Region, Redland).

Changes will be in place until 1am on 22 January. You can find more information on the Queensland Government website.

A summary of the changes include:

  • You are now able to leave your home for any reason.
  • You must carry a mask with you at all times. You must wear a mask in indoor spaces, except in your home. Indoor spaces include:
    • shopping centres, supermarkets, retail outlets and indoor markets
    • hospitals
    • places of worship such as churches
    • libraries
    • indoor recreational facilities and gyms
    • indoor workplaces (where you can’t socially distance)
    • public transport such as buses and taxis
    • airports and travelling on planes. 

The Queensland Government has recommended that you wear a mask when outdoors if you are unable to stay more than 1.5m distance from other people. If in doubt, wear a mask!

What does this mean for our services in Greater Brisbane?

From 6pm tonight, 11 January until 1am, 22 January, all of our staff in Greater Brisbane will continue to wear masks both indoors and outdoors.

Supported Independent Living (SIL) homes

No visitors are allowed to any of our SILs in Greater Brisbane, unless it is for an essential reason such as providing care and support.

Children’s Services

Our Children’s Services will follow the same protocols as our SIL homes mentioned above. 

Community Hubs 

Our Community Hubs (also known as day services or day programs) in Greater Brisbane will re-open on Tuesday 12 January. Numbers will be limited per session so please check with local staff.

We will be limiting indoor activities in the community wherever possibleOutdoor activities will continue.

Staff will be wearing masks at all times and customers will be encouraged to wear masks when indoors.

Flexible Supports

Flexible Supports (including community participation) will continue as per normal. When we go out into the community, we will wear masks. Our customers will need to wear masks too. 

If a customer is not able to wear a mask when outside, we will consider alternative arrangements such as rescheduling our activity.

Staff will wear masks when transporting customers to external activities.


All our offices in Greater Brisbane will re-open on Tuesday 12 January.

Our Businesses

We have some Facility Services crews who work out and about in this area. They will continue to operate with COVID-safe protocols in place.


The remainder of Queensland

Anyone who has been in Greater Brisbane (City of Brisbane, City of Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay Region and Redland City) on or after 2 January 2021, unless 14 days have passed since the person left Greater Brisbane, must not enter any of our SILs or Children’s Services throughout Queensland.

A reminder to always monitor your health

The Queensland Government is encouraging everyone to get tested if they have even slightest symptoms. A list of testing locations can be on the Queensland Government website.