COVID Safe events and community gatherings

COVID Safe sport and recreation events

Where an existing approved COVID Safe Industry Plan covers all facets of the operations of the organisation, including regular seasonal fixtures and competitions (including finals), organisations should operate in compliance with this Plan.

Any other events run outside of regular seasonal fixtures or competitions such as carnivals, gala days and state championships, larger than 500 people (indoor events) or 1,500 people (outdoor events) and operating in compliance with an approved COVID Safe Plan (industry, site-specific or professional sporting code plan) other than a COVID Safe Event Plan must notify the Public Health Unit of the event a minimum of 10 business days before the event by emailing COVID-19.Industryplans@health.qld.gov.au.

Where an event is outside of the scope or not solely covered by the approved COVID Safe Plan, read the Industry Framework for COVID Safe Events (PDF, 1.3 MB) which provides further guidance on organising COVID Safe events.

The COVID Safe Event Plan or Checklist should refer to the relevant components of the approved COVID Safe Plan, which may also be applicable to respective parts of the event.

The planned event must be hosted in accordance with these conditions:

Indoor events*

  • Fewer than 500 people – must comply with a COVID Safe Event Checklist; no further approval needed
  • Between 500 and 10,000 people – must comply with a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by local public health units
  • Over 10,000 people – must comply with a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by the Chief Health Officer

*Indoor events can allow up to 100% of seated capacity when patrons are in ticketed, allocated seating.

Outdoor events

  • Fewer than 1,500 people – must comply with a COVID Safe Event Checklist; no further approval needed
  • Between 1,500 and 10,000 people – must comply with a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by local public health units
  • Over 10,000 people – must comply with a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by the Chief Health Officer

Community sporting events and gatherings

Being involved in a community club is much more than participating in the activity itself.

The COVID-safe sporting events and community gatherings guideline (PDF, 273 KB) provides advice for organisations delivering activities such as:

  • sporting events:
    • carnivals
    • gala days
    • come and try days
    • state or regional championships
    • training programs or camps
  • community gatherings:
    • presentation nights
    • fundraisers
    • AGMs and meetings
    • viewing events for national sporting events
    • social events.

More information

For more information about event guidelines, contact the Sport and Recreation team via email at SR_Covid19@npsr.qld.gov.au.

Last updated:
18 December 2020