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

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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The Restrictions on businesses, activities and undertakings Direction sets out how COVID Safe Events can be held in Queensland.

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Hosting an event

Restrictions are in place for events, and depend on whether the event is:

It is important to still consider public health controls such as physical distancing and hygiene measures be put place for your event.

Indoor events

Events at indoor spaces must operate in accordance with the occupant density requirements and with the following, depending on the number of attendees. Contact information must also be collected.

Fewer than 500 people per day

Between 500 and 10,000 people per day

  • must comply with a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by local public health units.
  • The event organiser must submit the COVID Safe Event Plan (access the template) for approval a minimum of 20 business days prior to the event taking place via the COVID Safe Event Plan Submission Portal
  • collect contact information.

Over 10,000 people per day

  • must comply with a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by the Chief Health Officer.
  • The event organiser must submit the COVID Safe Event Plan (access the template) for approval a minimum of 20 business days prior to the event taking place via the COVID Safe Event Plan Submission Portal
  • collect contact information.

Events at indoor spaces may operate in accordance with an Approved COVID Safe Plan (other than a COVID Safe Event Plan) where such a Plan is in place for your particular event and all aspects of your event fall within the scope of the Plan:

Note:

  • Where an event is covered by an Approved Plan, the event organiser should adhere to the requirements and processes set out in the Approved Plan, and liaise with the respective industry body, venue operator and/or sports organisation to identify the requirements that apply to their event.
  • Approved Plans are for business use only, and are not for use in relation to private events staged by individuals such as birthday parties.
  • Where your event is only partially covered by an Approved Plan you are required to develop and submit a COVID Safe Event Plan for approval. Your COVID Safe Event Plan should reference relevant Approved Plans and the parts which are relevant to your event.
  • Organisers of indoor events operating in accordance with an Approved Plan that have more than 500 people per day 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.

Outdoor events with no dancing

Outdoor events (with no dancing) are permitted to operate without a COVID Safe Event Checklist or COVID Safe Event Plan. There is no requirement to collect contact information.

People at these events must still observe physical distancing to the extent possible.

Outdoor events with dancing

Outdoor events with dancing, for example a dance festival or music festival must operate in accordance with the below, depending on the number of attendees. Please note, a dance event does not include a performance by a dance group or a dance class at a dance studio.

Under 500 people

  • Permitted to operate without a COVID Safe Event Checklist (access the checklist) or COVID Safe Event Plan (access the template).
  • People at these events must still observe physical distancing to the extent possible.

Between 500 to 1,499 people

  • operate an area or areas for dancing on the basis that no more than one person per 2 square metres dances in the dance area
  • collect contact information
  • operate in compliance with a COVID Safe Event Checklist (access the checklist) including controls to manage crowding in dance areas
  • the event organiser must notify the local public health unit, that the event will be held, a minimum of 20 business days prior to the event taking place.

Between 1,500 to 10,000 people

  • operate an area or areas for dancing on the basis that no more than one person per 2 square metres dances in the dance area
  • collect contact information
  • operate in compliance with a COVID Safe Event Plan (access the template) including controls to manage crowding in dance areas
  • the event organiser must apply for approval of the COVID Safe Event Plan to the local public health unit a minimum of 20 business days prior to the event taking place via the COVID Safe Event Plan Submission Portal.

More than 10,000 people

  • operate an area or areas for dancing on the basis that no more than one person per 2 square metres dances in the dance area
  • collect contact information
  • operate in compliance with a COVID Safe Event Plan (access the template) including controls to manage crowding in dance areas
  • the event organiser must apply for approval of the COVID Safe Event Plan to Chief Health Officer a minimum of 20 business days prior to the event taking place via the COVID Safe Event Plan Submission Portal.

For more, read the Businesses, activities and undertakings Direction.

template has been developed to assist event organisers with developing COVID Safe Event Plans, and should be used by event organisers who are required to develop a COVID Safe Event Plan. Once finalised, COVID Safe Event Plans should be lodged via the COVID Safe Event Plan Submission Portal.

All event organisers have an ongoing duty of care with respect to public health and should are expected to implement appropriate risk management arrangements and basic public health controls such as environmental cleaning, hygiene measures, regular washing of hands, availability of hand sanitiser and avoiding handshaking.

As an event organiser, you are still required to obtain the relevant approvals/permits from the venue/landowner, local council and/or Queensland Police Service if required.

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Statement of Compliance

Under the Industry Framework for COVID Safe Events 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).

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Fact sheets

Fact sheets are available to help event organisers understand the requirements associated with planning COVID Safe Events:

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Last updated:
18 May 2021