Ready to roll on COVID-19

Brisbane universities knew the drill when the state government announced the three-day lockdown yesterday

Before noon Uni Queensland announced it would close at 3pm, “to enable staff and students to travel home.” At 10am QUT had announced Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove would close “to students and non-essential staff.”

Griffith U asked staff and students at Logan, Mt Gravatt, Nathan and South Bank campuses “to work or study from home for the rest of the week.” The Gold Coast campus is to stay open, with masks mandatory. GU also pulled its Creating Futures Summit on quality teaching of reading, although it was to be a virtual event. It will be rescheduled for early May.

Uni Southern Queensland announced classes at Springfield and Ipswich campuses would go on-line from 3pm yesterday and staff were asked to be gone by 4pm.

Southern Cross U campuses are outside the lockdown zone and announced they would stay open – but with Byron Bay in NSW (near SCU Lismore) “on high alert.” The university said people who “simply feel unwell,” should “not come to campus under any circumstances.”