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Queensland COVID-19 restrictions cut travel to resource operations by 60%

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(Kitco News) - The Queensland Resources Council said that most resource companies are limiting non-essential FIFO travel until January 22.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Queensland Government announced on Friday a 72-hour lockdown for Greater Brisbane. The council said that mining and gas companies immediately and voluntarily put a three-day hold on regional travel from Greater Brisbane, unless essential from a safety or operational perspective. 

"As a result, 60 percent fewer workers will be travelling to regional Queensland this week, falling from the usual 3,500 people to under 1500," said the councils chief executive, Ian Macfarlane.

"I'm really proud of the way mining and gas companies have responded to this latest COVID challenge because the state economy and hundreds of thousands of people are depending on us to do the right thing.

"The resources sector contributed $82.6 billion to the Queensland economy in the past financial year and employs an estimated 420,000 people, so that's a lot of people who are affected by our decisions."

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