COVID Safe Events

Additional requirements

The following requirements are in addition to the key public health measures outlined in your event’s Approved Plan and applies to all event attendees and staff:

Eating and drinking

  • When indoors, everyone must be seated while eating and drinking.
  • People may stand to eat or drink in outdoor areas.

Dancing

  • Dancing is not permitted indoors unless at a wedding, dance studio or dance class.
  • Dancing may occur outdoors regardless of the event or venue. For example, an outdoor music festival, outdoor event.

Masks

  • A mask that covers the nose and mouth must be worn if:
    • in an indoor space
    • in an outdoor space where physical distancing is not possible
    • the person has any symptoms consistent with COVID-19
    • entering, exiting or inside a Major Sports Stadium, unless the person is seated
    • the person is directed to do so by an emergency officer.

The above additional requirements remain until 15 April 2021, unless otherwise specified.

It is very important that event organisers collect contact information for all staff and attendees (where possible), in the event that Queensland Health needs to conduct contact tracing activities.

COVID Safe Events

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Latest restrictions

Updates have recently been made to the Queensland’s COVID Safe Future roadmap.

Find out more about the restrictions.

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Events must operate in accordance with the Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction. The requirements for events depend on whether the event is indoors or outdoors and whether patrons will be dancing at the event.

During a public health emergency, the Chief Health Officer can issue Public Health Directions to assist in containing, or to respond to, the spread of COVID-19 within the community.

These directions may apply to specified Impacted Areas for a set period of time.

Find out more about Impacted Areas, and whether any have been declared and are in force.

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During a public health emergency, the Chief Health Officer can issue Public Health Directions to assist in containing, or to respond to, the spread of COVID-19 within the community.

These directions may apply to specified Impacted Areas for a set period of time.

Find out more about Impacted Areas, and whether any have been declared and are in force.

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During a public health emergency, the Chief Health Officer can issue Public Health Directions to assist in containing, or to respond to, the spread of COVID-19 within the community.

These directions may apply to specified Impacted Areas for a set period of time.

Find out more about Impacted Areas, and whether any have been declared and are in force.

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*Outdoor

An outdoor area:

  • has fixed or temporary boundaries
  • is not fully enclosed, i.e. is open to the elements and natural ventilation (significant amount of natural and unrestricted air movement required for most of the time area is in use)
  • can include a veranda, balcony, deck, patio, or similar structure that might be connected to an external wall of a building
  • can have a roof, awning, or eave
  • may include a rotunda, tarpaulin or shade structure situated in a larger open space.

An outdoor area does not include:

  • atriums internal to a building, internal courtyards or similar
  • a temporary or permanent marquee, unless marquee walls are lifted for the duration of the event
  • a tent, e.g., a circus tent or performance tent.

Use of curtain walls, panel walls or other fittings to fully enclose an area to protect from the elements is considered indoors.

Sometimes Queensland weather may require curtain walls, panel walls or other fittings to be used for short periods to partially enclose an area for patron comfort and safety. If a business is in doubt, it should operate as if it is an indoor space.

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Indoor and outdoor events – Impacted Areas

From 6pm 8 October 2021, the following Local Government Areas must operate under restrictions for Impacted Areas:

  • Brisbane City Council
  • Gold Coast City Council
  • Ipswich City Council
  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council
  • Logan City Council
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council
  • Noosa Shire Council
  • Redland City Council
  • Scenic Rim Regional Council
  • Somerset Regional Council
  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council

All events occurring in an Impacted Area must operate in accordance with the COVID Safe Event Checklist– Impacted Areas and the Rest of Queensland.

Indoor events

Restrictions for indoor events occurring in an Impacted Area include:

  • no more than 1 person per 2m2, or
  • up to 100% seated venue capacity provided patrons or guests are in ticketed and allocated seating
  • collection of contact tracing information using the Check In Qld app
  • regular and thorough cleaning
  • availability of hand washing facilities or hand sanitiser
  • staff are required to wear a face mask when interacting with patrons or when unable to remain 1.5 metres from other staff
  • patrons are required to wear a face when entering and exiting a restricted event or if unable to physically distance when moving around the event. Masks may be removed when the patron is seated and when able to maintain physical distancing when moving around the venue.

Events with patron dancing

Indoor or outdoor events with patron dancing must operate in accordance with the COVID SafeEvent Checklist– Impacted Areas and the Rest of Queensland. The checklist includes the following additional requirements for events with patron dancing:

  • operate an area for dancing on the basis that no more than 1 person per 2m2 dances in the dance area
  • implement control measures to manage crowding in dance areas.

Outdoor events without patron dancing

Outdoor events in an Impacted Area without patron dancing do not need to operate in accordance with a COVID Safe Event Checklist, however the following requirements still apply:

  • appropriate public health controls including cleaning, hygiene measures, regular washing of hands and availability of hand sanitiser
  • people at the event observe physical distancing to the extent possible
  • people at an outdoor event in an Impacted Area must wear a mask when unable to observe physical distancing.

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Indoor and outdoor events - Rest of Queensland

All indoor events and outdoor events with dancing that occurs outside of a High-risk Impacted Area or outside of an Impacted Area must operate in accordance with the COVID SafeEvent Checklist– Impacted Areas and the Rest of Queensland.

Indoor events

Restrictions for indoor events occurring in the rest of Queensland include:

  • no more than 1 person per 2m2, or
  • up to 100% seated venue capacity provided patrons or guests are in ticketed and allocated seating
  • collection of contact tracing information using the Check In Qld app
  • regular and thorough cleaning
  • availability of hand washing facilities or hand sanitiser
  • face masks are not required however are encouraged if unable to maintain physical distancing from members outside of you household.

Events with patron dancing

Indoor or outdoor events with patron dancing must operate in accordance with the COVID SafeEvent Checklist– Impacted Areas and the Rest of Queensland. The checklist includes the following additional requirements for events with patron dancing:

  • operate an area for dancing on the basis that no more than 1 person per 2m2 dances in the dance area
  • implement control measures to manage crowding in dance areas.

Outdoor events without patron dancing

Outdoor events without patron dancing occurring in the rest of Queensland do not need to operate in accordance with a COVID Safe Event Checklist, however the following requirements still apply:

  • appropriate public health controls including cleaning, hygiene measures, regular washing of hands and availability of hand sanitiser
  • people at the event observe physical distancing to the extent possible
  • people at an outdoor event in an Impacted Area must wear a mask when unable to observe physical distancing.

Note that COVID Safe Event Plans are no longer required for any events.

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Last updated:
11 October 2021