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 1000 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, 1.4 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.

Outdoor events:

  • Fewer than 1,000 people – must comply with a COVID Safe Event Checklist, no further approval needed
  • Between 1,000 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 gathering and sporting events

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

The Community Gathering and Sporting Event Guidelines (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.

Last updated:
15 October 2020