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.

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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.

Roadmap to easing restrictions

Latest restrictions

Updates have recently been made to the Queensland’s Covid Safe Future roadmap:

Home quarantine

A new check in system has been introduced to ensure people who are completing home quarantine are doing so safely and correctly.

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Travelling to Queensland

Restrictions are in place on travelling to Queensland.

Queensland’s COVID Safe Future
(From 10:00am 24 September 2021)

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  • HOME QUARANTINE: Anyone in quarantine or issued with a quarantine notice must remain in quarantine until you have completed 14 days or been notified by Queensland Health. No visitors permitted when in quarantine.

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    Stage 1
    Lockdown lifted with safe easing of restrictions
    (From 4pm Sunday 8 August 2021 until 4pm Friday 20 August 2021)

    Affected Local Government Areas: Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Gold Coast, Somerset, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim, Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Cairns and Yarrabah.

    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, 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
    (From 4pm Friday 20 August 2021 until 4pm Friday 27 August 2021)

    Affected Local Government Areas: Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Gold Coast, Somerset, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim, Sunshine Coast and Noosa.

    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 recommence in full including training, competition and school sport, spectators in line with stadiums and indoor and outdoor event requirements.

    Masks

    You must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home, unless you have a lawful reason not to.

    • 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: you must wear a mask in indoor spaces (including workplaces, but not your own home) unless it is unsafe or you can stay 1.5m apart from other people.
    • Schools: Masks must be worn by teachers and staff (all schools), plus students in high school.

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

    COVID Safe Check Point

    Stage 3 (reviewed fortnightly)
    All of Queensland—from 10am Friday 24 September 2021

    Movement and gatherings

    • Up to 100 people can gather in homes. No limit for people gathering in public spaces.
    • Indoor funerals and wedding ceremonies: One person per 2m2 or 200 people or 100% allocated seated and ticketed capacity (whichever is the greater).
      • All wedding guests can dance (indoors and outdoors) subject to the one person per 2m2 rule.
    • Indoor premises: One person per 2m2 or 100% allocated seated and ticketed capacity (e.g. restaurants, cafés, pubs, clubs, museums, art galleries, places of worship and convention centres) with the COVID Safe Checklist.
      • Eating or drinking while standing allowed.
      • One person per 2m2 for short-term accommodation (including hostels, B&Bs and short-term rentals) with the COVID Safe Checklist. Density requirements do not apply in sleeping areas.
      • One person per 2m2 at indoor play areas with the COVID Safe Checklist.
    • Self-service food: No restrictions.

    Stadiums and indoor and outdoor events

    • 100% allocated seated and ticketed for stadiums
      • Patrons must wear a mask at all times when standing, moving around, and when entering and exiting. (Stadiums: for SEQ and North Queensland Stadium only).
    • 100% allocated seated and ticketed capacity for indoor events or 1 person per 2m2 indoors.
    • No restrictions on outdoor events, however you are encouraged to wear a mask when you are unable to physically distance.
    • Ticketed venues: 100% capacity with allocated seating (e.g. theatre, live music, cinemas, indoor sports, universities and other higher education institutions).
    • Community sport: No restrictions.

    Masks

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

    South East Queensland – You must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home, unless you have a lawful reason not to.

    • 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 (including cafés, restaurants, pubs etc): you must wear a mask when you are standing and unable to stay 1.5m apart from people who are not part of your household. You do not have to wear a mask while seated.
    • Indoors (including cafés, restaurants, pubs etc): you must wear a mask in indoor spaces (including workplaces, but not your own home) unless you are seated, or it is unsafe, or you can stay 1.5m apart from other people, or if you are eating/drinking (including if you are standing to eat/drink).
    • Schools: students can remove masks when seated, and teachers can remove masks when seated or when standing and staying 1.5m apart from other people.

    Rest of Queensland – Everyone is encouraged to carry and wear a mask when physically distancing is not possible.

    COVID Safe Check Point

    All stages
    Applies to 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.

  • Borders and travel

    Check before you travel. Restrictions in other states and territories are changing frequently. Reconsider your need to travel. More information about borders, hotspots and travel can be found on the Queensland Entry Pass website.

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 when distancing is not possible, and carry a mask at all times outside your residence
Maintain good hand hygiene
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Rapidly responding to outbreaks
Travel restrictions from hot spots
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What the Roadmap means for Queensland’s businesses and events

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Last updated:
24 September 2021