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.
Roadmap to easing restrictions
New South Wales
From 1am AEST Friday 7 May 2021, restrictions will apply to anyone entering Queensland who has been to any of the exposure venues in New South Wales.
Restrictions may also apply if you are already in Queensland but visited the Greater Sydney region on or after Tuesday 27 April 2021.
Contact tracing alerts have also been issued for locations including:
- the Brisbane Airport
- the Melbourne Airport
- Perth and Peel regions of WA
- New Zealand
Find out more about:
Queensland’s COVID Safe Future
Follow the Roadmap to help reconnect our communities and keep our economy moving.
Queensland’s COVID Safe Future
(From 6am 15 April 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 freely across Queensland, staying for as little or as long as we like.
- Visitors and returned travellers from other states and territories can enter Queensland without having to complete mandatory quarantine.
- We can have gatherings in our homes and public spaces across Queensland.
- We can dance at weddings and school events.
- Our elderly can enjoy excursions from aged care facilities.
Current ongoing restrictions for all Queensland
From 6am 15 April 2021 restrictions apply for all Queensland.
- 100 people allowed to gather at homes.
- No limit for people gathering in outdoor public spaces across Queensland.
- Managed campgrounds, camping and caravan parks: There are no person per m2 limits, they can operate at full occupancy.
- Indoor premises:
- One person per 2m2 (e.g. restaurants, cafés, pubs, clubs, museums, art galleries, places of worship, convention centres and Parliament House), including standing, eating and drinking.
- Indoor play areas and unattended retail (such as children’s rides) within a premises can open with a COVID Safe Checklist.
- No restrictions on visitors to hospitals, aged care and disability centres.
- Wedding ceremonies:
- Up to 200 people or one person per 2m2 or 100% allocated seated and ticketed capacity (whichever is greater)
- All guests can dance (indoors and outdoors) subject to the one person per 2m2 rule.
- Funerals: Up to 200 people or one person per 2m2 or 100% allocated seated and ticketed capacity (whichever is greater).
- Indoor events: 500 people permitted at indoor events with a COVID Safe Event Checklist. Larger events require a COVID Safe Plan.
- Ticketed venues: 100% capacity at allocated seated, ticketed venues with patrons encouraged to wear masks on entry and exit (e.g. theatre, live music, cinemas, indoor sports, universities and other higher education institutions). Performers can distance from audience at 2m, except choirs which remain at 4m from the audience.
- Dancing: Dancing is allowed in all indoor and outdoor venues including pubs, beer gardens, clubs and nightclubs, subject to the one person per 2m2 rule.
- Outdoor dance festivals and music festivals: Fewer than 500 people per day permitted without a COVID Safe Checklist, no requirement to collect contact details. Events with between 500 and 1499 people permitted with a COVID Safe Event Checklist. Larger events require a COVID Safe Event Plan.
- Outdoor events: Anzac Day parades, fetes, fun runs and other outdoor only events do not need a COVID Safe Event Checklist or Event Plan.
- Open air stadiums: 100% allocated seated and ticketed capacity (with a COVID Safe Plan). All patrons encouraged to wear masks on entry and exit.
- Contact tracing information: All hospitality industry businesses (i.e. pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafés) in Queensland must comply with electronic contact information collection requirements.
You must wear your mask when at an airport or on a domestic or international flight departing or arriving in Queensland.
While not mandatory, you are encouraged to:
- carry a mask with you at all times when you leave home
- wear a mask when travelling on public transport, in a taxi or ride share or in shopping centres
- wear a mask in any indoor or outdoor space when physical distancing is not possible.
More information on masks is available from the Queensland Health website (www.qld.gov.au/health/covid-19/masks)
Borders and more information
If there is community transmission in Queensland, measures in impacted parts of the State may include:
- Reducing gathering limits in homes and public spaces
- Increased use of masks
- Aged care, disability accommodation, hospitals and corrections restrictions put in place
- Increased use of PPE in aged care facilities and hospitals
- People need to be seated in indoor venues
- Places where dancing is permitted reduced.
Check In Qld app
To help keep Queensland covid safe, hospitality venues such as pubs, restaurants and cafés can download the free Check In Qld app.
For more information and to register go to covid19.qld.gov.au/check-in-qld. Use of the app is mandatory for hospitality venues from 1 May 2021, and compliance checks will apply.
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