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

Important

South East Queensland LGAs lockdown

From 4:00pm Saturday 31 July 2021 to 4:00pm Sunday 8 August 2021, 11 local government areas in South East Queensland (Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Noosa, Somerset, Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim) will be in lockdown to keep Queenslanders safe. Anyone who has left these affected LGAs on or after 1:00am Saturday 31 July 2021 must follow the lockdown rules wherever they are in Queensland.

Residents in these areas must stay at home except for the following key reasons:

  1. Obtaining essentials such as groceries or medications
  2. Essential work if you can’t work from home
  3. Exercise within your local area (within a 10km radius of your home, with no more than one person from outside your household)
  4. Healthcare, including to get a COVID-19 test or vaccination, or to provide help, care or support to a vulnerable person.

If you have any symptoms, get tested and isolate until you have the results.

Read about restrictions for Queensland.

For more information on restrictions during lockdown:

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.

Dismiss

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.

Dismiss

*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 events

Events at indoor spaces must operate in accordance with a COVID Safe Event Checklist which includes the following requirements:

  • a maximum occupant density of 1 person per 2m2 or 100% allocated seated and ticketed capacity
  • collection of contact tracing information using the Check In Qld app
  • regular and thorough cleaning
  • availability of hand washing facilities or hand sanitiser.

Events with patron dancing

Indoor or outdoor events with patron dancing must operate in accordance with a COVID Safe Event Checklist. 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 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.

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

Last updated:
4 August 2021