COVID Safe Events
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.
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.
- From 6pm Monday 11 January to 1am Friday 22 January 2021 additional restrictions for events are in place for the Greater Brisbane area.
- Stay up-to-date with any changes to Public Health Directions.
- Where an Approved Plan, COVID Safe Checklist or COVID Safe Event Checklist refers to a requirement that is different to a requirement applying to a declared Impacted Area in an active Public Health Direction, the requirement in the Direction for the Impacted Area prevails to the extent of any inconsistency.
Queensland’s Chief Health Officer has approved the Industry Framework for COVID Safe Events, which facilitates the resumption of events held by businesses in Queensland since Stage 3 of the Roadmap to easing Queensland's restrictions. Events may also be staged in Queensland in compliance with an Approved COVID Safe Plan.
Event 0rganisers should identify whether any of the following Approved Plans are applicable to their event in whole or in part:
- COVID Safe Industry Plans for specific industries or venue types, such as community sporting events, live music venues and hotels.
- COVID Safe Site-Specific Plan for the venue in which the event is being held, such as a stadium or convention centre.
- COVID Safe Professional Sporting Code Plans for professional sporting events.
Approved Plans are not for use by individual members of the public. These plans are specifically for business use only.
Where an event is outside the scope of an Approved Plan, or only parts of an event are covered by an Approved Plan, event organisers must follow the process under the Industry Framework for COVID Safe Events (as well as the relevant components of Approved Plans which are applicable to the respective parts of their event).
This Framework sets out key public health principles and event-specific public health strategies that will limit the transmission of COVID-19 at events and help event organisers operate safely, and is applicable for all events not in a declared Impacted Area. The Framework does not alter the existing approval arrangements that apply to events. As an event organiser, you are still required to obtain the relevant approvals/permits from the venue/land owner, local council and/or Queensland Police Service if required.
Should you have any queries relating to the Industry Framework for COVID Safe Events contact the Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport.
The planned event must be hosted in accordance with the following conditions (outside of a declared Impacted Area):
- Fewer than 500 people (indoors) and 1500 people (outdoors)—can proceed by following the COVID Safe Event Checklist, no further approval needed
- Between 500 people (indoors) / 1500 people (outdoors) and 10,000 people—develop a COVID Safe Event Plan and submit via the COVID Safe Event Plan Submission Portal for approval by the local Public Health Unit.
- Over 10,000 people—develop a COVID Safe Event Plan and submit via the COVID Safe Event Plan Submission Portal for approval by the Queensland Chief Health Officer.
- Multi-day events involving on-site accommodation including camping—develop a COVID Safe Event Plan and submit via the COVID Safe Event Plan Submission Portal.
Organisers of events with more than 500 (indoors) / 1500 (outdoor*) people and operating in compliance with an Approved Plan other than a COVID Safe Event Plan must notify the Public Health Unit of the event a minimum of 10 business days before the event via the COVID Safe Event Plan Submission Portal.
For more information on COVID Safe Events.
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Hosting an event
Organisers must ensure compliance with Approved Plans for the relevant components relating to your event, including any specific requirements regarding approvals.
Organisers of events with more than 500 (indoors) / 1500 (outdoor*) people and operating in compliance with an Approved Plan other than a COVID Safe Event Plan must notify the Public Health Unit of the event a minimum of 10 business days before the event by emailing via the COVID Safe Event Plan Submission Portal.
For more information visit COVID Safe Events.
Specific information is required by the Public Health Unit as part of this approvals process. See ‘Requirements’ below.
Not all events will need to be covered under an Approved Plan. If there isn’t a plan applicable to your event, then you are required to comply with the Industry Framework for COVID Safe Events.
For more information about the COVID Safe Industry Plans please visit COVID Safe Businesses.
Events at private residences may be held as a structured event, i.e. run from start to finish, including contact tracing and cleaning after the event, by a business or entity in compliance with an Approved Plan and/or COVID Safe Event Checklist or Event Plan.
You can find out more about:
Requirements for COVID Safe Events operating under an Approved Plan (for more than 500 (indoors) /1500 (outdoor*) people)
The following information, along with supporting documentation is required:
- Business name of the company/organisation which is holding the event
- Trading name of the company/organisation which is holding the event
- Key contact person(s) that can answer queries regarding the event (before/during/after):
- position in organisation
- phone number(s)
- postal address
- Name of the event
- Date(s) the event will be held on
- Duration of the event (start and finish times)
- Location of the event (if multiple locations, each location and start/finish times for each)
- Applicable COVID Safe Plan(s) you are intending to operate under
- Estimated/known number of people attending the event (including staff)
- Overview of activities that will be occurring at the event. For example, could be a sporting event but in addition to the sports, there could be food stalls, merchandising, entertainment performers, rides, fireworks, etc.
Businesses are required to include evidence in your submission that you have consulted with relevant industry stakeholders during the preparation of your plan.
Statement of Compliance
Under the Framework, you must sign a Statement of Compliance in relation to your event:
You are required to print and complete the relevant Statement of Compliance for COVID Safe Events and display it in a prominent, visible location at your event.
Need more information? Call 134 COVID (13 42 68).
Fact sheets are available to help event organisers navigate the Framework:
- Having the appropriate documentation and approvals in place
- How to determine maximum patronage
- Advice for Organisers of Category One Events
- Advice for Organisers of Category Two Events
- Advice for Organisers of Category Three Events
- Advice for hosting a COVID Safe School Event
- COVID Safe outdoor seated venues fact sheet