Hi Sleepy, & everyone,
It sure has got confusing, & I have tried to keep up! I regularly check my local State's website. Once I found where the updates were, I made that page a 'favourite', so I could go there directly to (for me), see if the restrictions on mask wearing was relaxed or not yet.
Some of the decisions about what is & isn't permitted, & where & where not have seemed inconsistent to me.
I think, finally, I begin to feel I can relax more myself. The only COVID-19 around SE Q is in lockdown. Provided no-one from there manages to take their infection oout into the community, going lots of places, I think I can go out.
I discovered today, finally, on Qld Human Rights Commission's website, I DON'T have to have a medical certificate, or letter (not even the one I have), because I DON'T have to prove that I do have a legitimate reason, such as what is listed, for my not wearing a mask. Plus, staff, anyone in the shop or of the public, has no right to even ask why I claim my exemption.
Unless I have read the information wrong, the Police may be called to help settle any argument. But even so, they cannot ask specifically why I claim my exemption. They, too, have to take my word for it. They should not even issue me with a fine. If that happens, the advice it to go to the Human Rights Commission for help. If I was to be state that I refuse to wear one, because I didn't want to, or for any other reason not falling into what the allowable exemptions, then, they can fine me. I suppose I could not stay at the premises either.
The information for business owners is more complicated. I get the sense, though, respect for the laws against discrimination are paramount. If they can make some arrangement for me to visit their business, perhaps even out doors, or at times specifically reserved for people who cannot wear masks, (like when grocery stores had pensioners going at 7am! Well, I knew a few who went so early.)
I guess, by the time I figure it out, it may well be over!
One thing was clear, the shop staff cannot make a blanket ban on people who cannot wear masks. I wonder if that will be the case for people who are not vaccinated? I think so, because, in the end, it's about respecting human rights. We will have to accept a little more risk into our lives.
But, I could be mistaken. Everyone here, you still need to get advice for you, about your own situation.
You gotta dig though! I think that the biggest problem is finding the info we need.