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

Latest restrictions

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

Restrictions are consistent across Queensland, except for additional mask requirements in SEQ.

Find out more about the easing of restrictions.

For more information:

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 and outdoor events

All indoor events and outdoor events with dancing must operate in accordance with a COVID Safe Event Checklist.

Indoor events

Restrictions for indoor events include:

  • a maximum occupant density of 1 person per 2m2
  • 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:
25 September 2021