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
Easing of restrictions for Greater Brisbane
From 6pm Monday 11 January to 1am Friday 22 January 2021 eased restrictions are in place for the Greater Brisbane region (Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton, and Redlands).
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 6pm Monday 11 January to 1am Friday 22 January eased restrictions are in place for the Greater Brisbane region (Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton, and Redlands).
Travel restrictions are still in place as follows:
- travelling in Australia—updates for travellers (including Queensland residents) who have been in:
- a NSW hotspot in the last 14 days or since the hotspot was declared (whichever is shorter)
- any other part of New South Wales that is not a hotspot after 1am 11 December 2020
- travelling from Victoria—if you’ve been in Victoria on or since 21 December 2020 you should get tested immediately and quarantine until receiving a negative COVID-19 test result.
- travelling from New Zealand.
You can find out more about:
- easing of restrictions for local government areas in the Greater Brisbane region
- changes to restrictions to travelling in Australia and from New Zealand
- going out, travel and recreation and gatherings
- what you need to do to safely gather and get-together with family and friends
- restrictions and requirements across Australia through an interactive map.
Queensland’s COVID Safe Future
The Roadmap provides sensible and gradual steps to a COVID recovery that will reconnect our communities and keep our economy moving by supporting business, industry and Queensland jobs.
Queensland’s COVID Safe Future
(6pm Monday 11 January to 1am Friday 22 January 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 have a multidisciplinary team of experts prioritising exemptions for medical reasons.
- 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.
Easing of restrictions for Greater Brisbane (LGAs of Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay and Redlands)
(From 6pm Monday 11 January to 1am Friday 22 January 2021)
Masks for Greater Brisbane
You must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home, unless you have a lawful reason not to. You must wear a mask in indoor spaces, except in your home. For example:
- shopping centres, supermarkets, retail outlets and indoor markets
- hospitals and aged care facilities
- restaurants and cafés (not required for patrons; customer facing staff only)
- churches and places of worship
- indoor recreational facilities and gyms
- indoor workplaces (where safe to wear a mask and you can’t physically distance)
- public transport, taxis and rideshare
- airports and travelling on planes.
It is strongly recommended you wear a mask when outdoors if you are unable to stay more than 1.5m distance from other people, such as busy walkways and thoroughfares. More information on masks is available from the Queensland Health website.
Restrictions for Greater Brisbane
Restrictions on aged care, disability accommodation, hospital and corrective services visitors remain in place.
People are permitted to be outside their homes for any purpose, subject to the restrictions below:
- Gatherings: Up to 20 people in homes and public spaces.
- Weddings: Up to 100 attendees. No restriction on dancing.
- Funerals: Up to 100 attendees.
- Businesses and venues: (including places of worship, convention centres etc.)
- Retail dining allowed
- Indoor – 1 person per 4m2
- Smaller venues up to 200m2 – 1 person per 2m2, up to a maximum of 50
- Outdoor – 1 person per 2m2
- Eating and drinking must be seated
- No dancing except at weddings.
- Indoor events:
- Indoor concert venues/theatres etc: up to 50% seated capacity or one person per 4m2 (whichever is the greater), with a COVID Safe Plan
- Fewer than 500 people, e.g. community sport – no approval needed when following a COVID Safe Event Checklist
- 500 to 10,000 people – need a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by local public health units
- Over 10,000 people – need a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by the Queensland Chief Health Officer.
- Outdoor events:
- Fewer than 1000 people, e.g. community sport – no approval needed when following a COVID Safe Event Checklist
- 1000 to 10,000 people – need a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by local public health unit
- Over 10,000 people – need a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by the Queensland Chief Health Officer
- Outdoor stadiums and amphitheatres: 50% capacity with COVID Safe Plan.
Next steps: Subject to no cases in the community, from 1am Friday 22 January 2021, Greater Brisbane will return to the current restrictions for rest of Queensland.
Current ongoing restrictions for the rest of Queensland:
- Gatherings: 50 people allowed to gather in homes and 100 in public spaces across Queensland.
- Indoor premises: One person per 2m2 (e.g. restaurants, cafés, pubs, clubs, museums, art galleries, places of worship, convention centres and Parliament House). Indoor play areas and unattended
- Wedding ceremonies: Up to 200 people can attend a wedding and all guests can dance (both indoors and outdoors).
- Funerals: Up to 200 people can attend a funeral.
- 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 seated, ticketed venues with patrons encouraged to wear masks on entry and exit (e.g. theatre, live music, cinemas and indoor sports). Performers can distance from audience at 2m, except choirs which remain at 4m from the audience.
- Outdoor events: 1500 people permitted at outdoor events with a COVID Safe Event Checklist. Larger events require a COVID Safe Plan.
- Open air stadiums: 100% seated capacity (with a COVID Safe Plan). All patrons encouraged to wear masks on entry and exit.
- Dancing: Dancing is allowed in all indoor and outdoor venues including outdoor music festivals, pubs, beer gardens, clubs and nightclubs, subject to the one person per 2m2 rule.
- Contact tracing information: All hospitality industry businesses (i.e. pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafés) in Queensland must comply with electronic contact information collection requirements.
More information about borders, hotspots and travel can be found on the Queensland Border Declaration Pass website.
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The 'New NORMAL'
Borders: COVID Hotspots
From 1am AEST 19 and 20 December there are changes to restrictions and requirements for travel from declared hotspots and from New South Wales.
What the Roadmap means for Queensland’s businesses
For businesses in the Greater Brisbane area there are restrictions in place from 6pm 11 January to 1am 22 January 2021 that impact businesses, venues and events.
Other restrictions are in place for businesses outside Greater Brisbane.