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.
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.
Examples of non-essential businesses include:
- real estate auctions
- indoor play centres
Non-essential businesses also include people coming to your home to perform work such as:
- 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.
Roadmap to easing restrictions
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.
The roadmap outlining restrictions for lockdown areas as well as current restrictions in place for all of Queensland has been updated to reflect the extended lockdown.
For more information on restrictions during lockdown:
- review the current direction Restrictions for Locked Down Areas (South-East Queensland)
- read more detailed information on leaving home for essential purposes, mask wearing requirements and essential businesses
- find out about home quarantine if you’re a close or casual contact and are required to.
Borders and travelling to Queensland
Restrictions are in place on travelling to Queensland:
Queensland’s COVID Safe Future
(From 4:00pm 31 July 2021 to 4:00pm 8 August 2021)
How far we’ve come
Due to Queenslanders’ hard work, strong borders, testing and rapid response, restrictions have eased.
- We can go for dinner or drinks at our favourite pubs, clubs, cafés and restaurants.
- Our kids can go to school and play sport.
- All Queensland businesses and activities are able to open and run with appropriate measures in place.
- We can attend both big and small events.
- We can travel to most other states and territories.
- Visitors and returned travellers from New Zealand and Australian states and territories, except for areas that are a declared hotspot, can enter Queensland.
- We can have gatherings in our homes and public spaces across Queensland.
- We can dance at weddings, pubs, clubs and events.
- We can attend fêtes, fun runs and other outdoor events.
- We can go to managed campgrounds, caravan parks and go camping
- Our elderly can enjoy excursions from aged care facilities.
People in home quarantine, regardless of where they are in the state, still need to follow their home quarantine requirements.
Find out more information about:
- South East Queensland LGAs lockdown – effective from 4:00pm Saturday 31 July 2021 to 4:00pm Sunday 8 August 2021
- Current restrictions for rest of Queensland – effective from 6.00am Friday 23 July 2021 to 6:00am Friday 20 August 2021
UPDATE: South East Queensland Local Government Areas 8-day lockdown
From 4:00pm Saturday 31 July 2021 to 4:00pm Sunday 8 August 2021.
Restrictions identified for 11 local government areas (LGAs) in South East Queensland have been put in place to keep Queenslanders safe.
Affected LGAs are: Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Noosa, Somerset, Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim.
Residents in these areas must stay at home except for the following key reasons:
- Obtaining essentials such as groceries or medications
- Essential work if you can’t work from home
- Exercise within your local area (within a 10km radius of your home, with no more than one person from outside your household)
- Healthcare, including to get a COVID-19 test or vaccination, or to provide help, care or support to a vulnerable person, or for an end-of-life visit to a hospital or aged care facility.
Restrictions on aged care, disability accommodation, hospital and corrective services visitors are in place for these areas.
All shared parenting, child contact and sibling contact arrangements can occur (not just court determined).
Anyone who has left the affected LGAS on or after 1:00am Saturday 31 July 2021 must follow the lockdown rules wherever they are in Queensland.
- No visitors unless to provide care for a vulnerable person (i.e. paid/voluntary disability or aged care service); or alternate childcare arrangement.
- Weddings and funerals can take place where they are ordinarily held, maximum 10 people on site including those officiating.
All restricted businesses and activities in the locked down areas must close during the lockdown period unless an exception applies. For more information on exceptions visit the Queensland Health website.
Schools and childcare can only open for children of essential workers and vulnerable children.
Universities and TAFEs: online learning only.
A mask covering the nose and mouth must be worn at all times:
Outdoors: (including private or public transport) 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: working alone in a closed office; you are at your residence and there is no one else there except people you live with; eating or drinking or it is unsafe.
Schools: If permitted to be at school masks must be worn by teachers and staff (all schools), plus students in high school.
For more information, visit the Queensland Health website or call 134 COVID (13 42 68).
Current restrictions for rest of Queensland
FROM 6:00am Friday 23 July 2021 to 6:00am Friday 20 August 2021.
(with the exception of 11 South East Queensland Local Government Areas (LGAs) subject to lockdown)
If you have been in any of the 11 locked down South East Queensland LGAs on or after 1:00am Saturday 31 July 2021, then you are required to follow the same lockdown rules even if you are no longer in those areas. People in home quarantine, regardless of where they are in the state, still need to follow their home quarantine requirements.
- Gatherings: Up to 100 people can gather in homes. No limit for people gathering in outdoor public spaces.
- 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) and need to comply with the COVID Safe Checklist.
- Hospitals, aged care and disability services: Anyone who is a close contact, or has been in a declared hotspot or interstate exposure venue of concern must not visit any Queensland hospital residential aged care facility or disability accommodation services.
- Indoor wedding ceremonies: One person per 2m2 or 200 people or 100% allocated seated and ticketed capacity (whichever is the greater)
- All guests can dance (indoors and outdoors) subject to the one person per 2m2 rule.
- Self-service food: No restrictions.
- Indoor funerals: One person per 2m2 or 200 people or 100% allocated seated and ticketed capacity (whichever is the greater).
- Indoor events: One person per 2m2 or 100% allocated seated and ticketed capacity and need to comply with the COVID Safe Checklist.
- Ticketed venues: 100% capacity with allocated seating (e.g. theatre, live music, cinemas, indoor sports, universities and other higher education institutions).
- Stadiums: 75% capacity with allocated seating for stadiums over 20,000 people (with COVID Safe Site Specific Plan).
- Patrons must wear a mask at all times, including when seated. Masks can be removed when eating or drinking.
- Patrons must be seated to eat and drink.
All Queenslanders must wear a mask when at stadiums, at an airport, and on a domestic or international flight departing or arriving in Queensland. Everyone is encouraged to carry and wear a mask when physically distancing is not possible.
For more information visit the Queensland Health website.
Borders and 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.
Check In Qld app
In addition to the hospitality sector, the Check In Qld app is now mandatory for a number of new sectors.
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- Last updated:
- 5 August 2021