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.
Roadmap to easing restrictions
Our strong health response to COVID-19 means we’re well positioned for recovery.
Queensland’s Roadmap to Easing COVID-19 restrictions outlines a staged approach to giving Queenslanders more freedom to travel, participate in more activities and hold more gatherings.
Changes to restrictions in Queensland
From 4:00pm Friday 16 October 2020:
- all of Queensland can gather in groups of up to 40 people in their homes and public spaces
- up to 40 people can dance at any one time at a wedding with a COVID Safe Plan
- dancing is permitted at Year 12 formals
- aged care residents can go on excursions.
Current border restrictions from 1 October 2020 continue:
- the New South Wales border zone (PDF) was extended
- the Queensland border zone no longer exists
- Queensland residents are able to travel anywhere in the New South Wales border zone for any purpose
- New South Wales border zone residents are able to travel anywhere in Queensland for any purpose.
Border closures to Victoria remain until community transmission is under control (including whether there have been any unlinked cases in the previous 28 days).
- read more about COVID Safe school events
- read more about updated restrictions under Stage 4 of the Roadmap
- read about the changes to border restrictions
- explore a map to understand restrictions and requirements across Australia.
COVID Safe voting
Queensland’s State general election is on Saturday 31 October 2020.
It is important for all eligible Queenslanders to have the opportunity to safely participate so early voting will start on 19 October 2020.
Applications for postal vote applications close 16 October 2020.
Queensland’s COVID Safe Future
The Roadmap provides sensible and gradual steps to a COVID recovery that will reconnect our communities and keeps our economy moving by supporting business, industry and Queensland jobs.
How far we’ve come
Due to our hard work together, strong borders, testing, and rapid response, we have eased restrictions.
- We can go for dinner or drinks at our favourite pubs, clubs, cafes, and restaurants.
- Our kids can go to school and play sport.
- We can get together with friends and family in groups of 30 in most areas of Queensland.
- We can celebrate and mourn together at important ceremonies such as weddings and funerals.
- 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 five of the seven other states and territories can enter Queensland without having to complete mandatory quarantine and we have a multidisciplinary team of experts prioritising exemptions for medical reasons.
Border zone: Additional local government areas included in the declared border zone across Northern NSW.
Let’s move Queensland outside
- Standing eating and drinking: Standing eating and drinking permitted at indoor and outdoor venues with a COVID Safe Plan (from 2 October 2020).
- Outdoor density: Outdoor density requirements relaxed for businesses with a COVID Safe Plan to one person per 2m2 (e.g. outdoor dining, beer gardens and theme parks).
- Outdoor events: Increased maximum number of people permitted at outdoor events with a COVID Safe Events Checklist from 500 to 1000.
- Open air stadiums: Increasing the seated capacity of outdoor stadiums and amphitheatres from 50% to 75% with a COVID Safe Plan.
UPDATE: From 4pm 16 October 2020
- Gatherings: Gatherings of up to 40 in homes and public spaces across Queensland.
- Weddings: Up to 40 people can dance at any one time at a wedding with a COVID Safe Plan.
- Year 12 formals: Dancing permitted at school organised formals.
- Aged care: Resident excursions now possible.
NSW: Visitors and returned travellers from New South Wales can enter Queensland with a valid Queensland Border Declaration Pass without having to complete mandatory quarantine, provided community transmission is under control (including whether there have been any unlinked cases in the previous 28 days).
- Gatherings: Gatherings of up to 50 in homes and public spaces across Queensland.
- Outdoor events: Increase the maximum number of attendees permitted at outdoor events with a COVID Safe Checklist from 1000 to 1500.
- Weddings: Unlimited dancing at weddings with a COVID Safe Plan. Further review of dancing restrictions to be undertaken.
COVID Safe Check Points
Queensland Health will undertake a review at each COVID Safe Check Point. The review includes:
- a check that testing is widespread and there is no community transmission
- analysis of state, interstate and international trends and data
- analysis that a move to the next stage of easing of restrictions will not present unnecessary risks.
If there is community transmission in Queensland, measures in impacted parts of the State may include:
- gatherings reduced to 10 in homes and public spaces
- increased testing
- wearing 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
- dancing at weddings will be reduced.
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Borders: COVID Hotspots
Anyone can enter Queensland unless they have been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days.
What Stage 4 means for Queensland’s businesses
From Stage 4, businesses following an approved COVID Safe Plan or Checklist will be able to have one patron per 4 square metres indoors and one patron per 2 square metres outdoors*. You must ensure you continue to practice physical distancing and stay 1.5m away from the next patron, whenever possible.
Any business or organisation with an approved COVID Safe Industry Plan must download and follow the instructions in the plan, as well as complete and display a statement of compliance to demonstrate they are undertaking best practice as a COVID Safe Business. Businesses following an approved COVID Safe Industry Plan will no longer be required to complete the mandatory COVID Safe Checklist.
If your business is in a restricted industry completion of a mandatory COVID Safe Checklist and mandatory COVID Safe training remains the minimum requirements for you to commence and/or continue providing services.
For a full list of restricted businesses and mandatory COVID Safe requirements, please see the Chief Health Officer’s Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertaking Direction.
For all other businesses that are open or opening in Queensland, a Voluntary Generic Checklist for businesses is available to assist you in opening safely.
Find out more about COVID Safe Businesses.