Roadmap to easing Restrictions

COVID Safe Check Points

Queensland Health will undertake a review at each check point, based on testing numbers, community transmission and data from other states and territories.

Additional public health and safety measures may be required as the number of local cases increases.

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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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*Quarantine-free flight

A quarantine-free flight only carries passengers who have declared they have been in New Zealand for 14 days or more and have not been in a COVID-19 outbreak location in New Zealand in the last 14 days before travel. Quarantine-free flights will be determined by your airline. You should not travel if you are feeling unwell or have signs or symptoms of COVID-19.

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Non-essential businesses

Examples of non-essential businesses include:

  • real estate auctions
  • indoor play centres
  • nightclubs.

Non-essential businesses also include people coming to your home to perform work such as:

  • cleaning
  • outdoor gardening servives
  • non-essential home repairs.

Businesses and activities that do not provide essential services must close during the lockdown unless an exception applies.

See the full list of businesses closed or impacted by the lockdown.

Organised Community Sport and Activities

Not permitted unless:

  • there are 10 people or fewer (including coaches or other officials) and
  • it is a non-contact activity and
  • equipment is not shared.

These activities must also comply with relevant occupant density restrictions and the Check In Qld app must be used.

Masks must be worn (except if strenuous exercise, children under 12 or other defined exceptions).

For more information on community sport visit Queensland Health’s questions and answers.

South East Queensland

South East Queensland is:

  • Brisbane
  • Moreton Bay
  • Ipswich
  • Lockyer
  • Somerset
  • Logan
  • Redlands
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Noosa
  • Gold Coast
  • Scenic Rim

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Roadmap to easing restrictions

Latest announcements

Reporting Rapid Antigen Test results

If you, or anyone under your care, test positive in a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT), you can report your positive result online.

Masks and other measures to protect Queensland

Measures are in place to help protect Queenslanders, including:

You can also find out about:

Queensland’s COVID Safe Future

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  • Public health and social measures are currently in place, additional to the Roadmap, to help protect Queensland.

    Read about current protections in place including:

    The Roadmap for Queensland’s COVID Safe Future outlines a staged approach to managing restrictions.

    Find out more information about:

    HOME ISOLATION : Positive COVID-19 cases must isolate for 7 days from positive test. Close contacts must isolate for 7 days after last exposure, regardless of vaccination status.

    Close contacts are defined as household or household-like contacts of a confirmed case, ie those who usually live with or who have stayed in the same household for more than 4 hours as a case during their infectious period.

    Stage 1
    Lockdown lifted with safe easing of restrictions

    Movement and gatherings

    • Up to 10 people in homes (including those who live there) and public spaces.
    • Weddings: Max. 20 people, including those officiating. Dancing permitted.
    • Funerals: Max. 20 people, including those officiating.
    • Businesses and venues: (including places of worship, convention centres, retail, dining, gyms, hairdressers, beauty and personal care services etc.) Allowed to operate with the following restrictions:
      • Indoor – 1 person per 4m2 or 50% capacity with ticketed and allocated seating
      • Smaller venues up to 200m2 – 1 person per 2m2, up to a maximum of 50
      • Outdoor – 1 person per 2m2
      • Eating and drinking must be seated
      • No dancing except at weddings.

    Indoor and outdoor events

    • 50% allocated seated and ticketed capacity for indoor events (with COVID Safe Checklist) and outdoor events, including amphitheatres and large convention centres (with COVID Safe Plan) or 1 person per 4m2 indoors and 1 person per 2m2 outdoors.
    • Stadiums: 50% allocated seated and ticketed for stadiums over 20,000 people (with COVID Safe Site Specific Plan).
      • Patrons must wear a mask at all times, including when seated.
      • Patrons must be seated to eat and drink. Masks can be removed when eating or drinking.
    • Community sport: Not permitted.
    • Schools and childcare: Open. Schools to determine who can come onto grounds. Student activities (assemblies, choir and sport training) should only be with students from same school.
    • Universities and TAFEs: Open.

    Masks

    A mask covering the nose and mouth must be worn at all times:

    • Outdoors: (including public transport and rideshare) unless: alone or with members of your household; eating or drinking; doing strenuous exercise or it is unsafe.
    • Indoors: including workplaces (even where physical distancing is possible) unless it is unsafe or you are working alone in a closed office.
    • Schools: Masks must be worn by teachers and staff (all schools), plus students in high school.

    Travel

    Please reconsider your need to travel outside of any affected Local Government Areas as listed above.

    For more information on exceptions or masks, visit the Queensland Health website.

    COVID Safe Check Point

    Stage 2
    Further easing of restrictions

    Movement and gatherings

    • Up to 30 people in homes (including those who live there) and public spaces.
    • Weddings: Up to 100 people. Max. 20 people can dance.
    • Funerals: Up to 100 people.
    • Businesses and venues: (including places of worship, convention centres, retail, dining, gyms, hairdressers, beauty and personal care services etc.) Allowed to operate with the following restrictions:
      • Indoor – 1 person per 4m2 or 75% capacity with ticketed and allocated seating
      • Smaller venues up to 200m2 – 1 person per 2m2, up to a maximum of 50
      • Outdoor – 1 person per 2m2
      • Eating and drinking must be seated
      • No dancing except at weddings.

    Stadiums and indoor and outdoor events

    • 75% allocated seated and ticketed for stadiums
      • Patrons must wear a mask at all times, including when seated.
      • Patrons must be seated to eat and drink. Masks can be removed when eating or drinking.
    • 75% allocated seated and ticketed capacity for indoor events and outdoor events or 1 per 4m2 indoors and 1 person per 2m2 outdoors.
    • Community sport: Can continue in full including training, competition and school sport, spectators in line with stadiums and indoor and outdoor event requirements.

    Masks

    Masks must be worn when at stadiums, at an airport, and on a domestic or international flight departing or arriving in Queensland.

    • Public Transport and ride share: must wear a mask including while waiting for the transport in a public space such as a bus stop, taxi rank or train station.
    • Outdoors: you must wear a mask when unable to stay 1.5m apart from people who are not part of your household.
    • Indoors: must wear a mask including workplaces (even where physical distancing is possible) unless it is unsafe or you are working alone in a closed office.
    • Schools and early childhood services: masks must be worn by staff, teachers, educators, and high school students at all times indoors, unless alone in a room, and outdoors at all times when unable to physically distance.
    COVID Safe Check Point

    Stage 3
    New Public Health and Social Measures commenced on 17 Dec 2021

    Eased restrictions for businesses

    From 17 December 2021, there are no capacity restrictions on businesses that are only permitted to allow fully vaccinated people to attend, including:

    • hospitality venues such as pubs, clubs, taverns, bars, restaurants, cafes and fast food outlets
    • indoor entertainment venues such as nightclubs, live music venues, karaoke bars, concerts, theatres or cinemas, casinos
    • festivals – either indoor or outdoor – such as musical festivals, folk festivals or arts festivals
    • activities – either indoor or outdoor – such as convention and entertainment centres and showgrounds
    • Queensland Government owned galleries, museums or libraries.

    Venues used for private hire have no capacity limit if people attending are fully vaccinated. However, if there is a person attending who is not fully vaccinated, COVID-19 density restrictions apply. This means a maximum of 20 people or 1 per 4m2, whichever is less.

    Restrictions for unvaccinated people

    From 17 December 2021, unvaccinated people are not permitted to:

    • visit vulnerable settings, including hospitals, residential aged care, disability accommodation services, and prisons. This does not apply to residents and patients of these facilities, and there will be some exceptions for medical treatment, end-of-life visits, childbirth and emergency situations
    • attend hospitality venues such as hotels, pubs, clubs, taverns, bars, restaurants or cafes
    • attend indoor entertainment venues such as nightclubs, live music venues, karaoke bars, concerts, theatres or cinemas
    • attend outdoor entertainment activities such as sporting stadiums, theme parks or tourism experience like reef excursions
    • attend festivals – either indoor or outdoor – such as musical festivals, folk festivals or arts festivals
    • attend Queensland Government owned galleries, museums or libraries.

    Weddings: If anyone attending a wedding is unvaccinated, it is restricted to a maximum of 20 people. No restrictions apply to weddings with only fully vaccinated attendees and officials.

    Funerals: Anyone can attend a funeral, however occupant density restrictions of 1 per 2m2 or 200 people or 100% allocated and seated and ticketed capacity (whichever is greater) apply.

    Masks

    From 1am 2 January 2022, Masks are required in all indoor settings across Queensland, including workplaces (unless it is unsafe to do so). Masks are also required on all public transport (including platforms and ferry terminals), in all taxis and ride share (for driver and passengers, unless the driver is in the vehicle on their own), at airports or on a domestic or international flight departing or arriving in Queensland.

    Read more about mandatory face mask requirements.

    COVID Safe Check Point

    All stages
    All of Queensland

    Hospitals, aged care and disability services

    Anyone who is a close contact, is in quarantine, isolating awaiting a test result, or who in the last 14 days has been in a declared interstate hotspot or exposure venue of concern must not visit any Queensland hospital, residential aged care facility or shared disability accommodation service.

If there is community transmission in Queensland, measures in impacted parts of the State may include:

  • Reduced gatherings in homes and public spaces
  • Increased use of masks
  • Increased restrictions at aged care, disability accommodation, hospitals and corrections facilities
  • Reduced occupant density
  • Reintroduction of enforced seating in indoor venues.
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The 'New NORMAL'

Maintain physical distancing (1.5m)
Wear a mask as required and when you can't physically distance
Maintain good hand hygiene
Get a COVID-19 test if you have symptoms
Stay at home when sick
Check In Qld app for effective contact tracing
Get vaccinated and get a booster when you can

What the Roadmap means for Queensland’s businesses and events

Restrictions are in place for businesses and undertakings in Queensland.

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Last updated:
8 January 2022