Roadmap to easing Restrictions

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.

On Tuesday 30 June 2020, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced Stage 3 Easing of Restrictions, including border changes.

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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.

Explore the stages to learn more about how restrictions are easing. There is also important information about how business will keep COVID safe as restrictions are eased.

  • Family, friends and community

    • Gatherings in homes (household plus max 5 visitors, allowed from separate households)
    • Gatherings of up to 10 people:
      • outdoor, non-contact activity
      • personal training and pools (indoor and outdoor)
      • public spaces and lagoons (e.g. South Bank Parklands, Cairns, Airlie Beach etc.)
      • libraries, parks, playground equipment, skate parks and outdoor gyms
      • weddings and places of worship
      • hiking and other recreational activities in national and state parks
    • Funerals (max 20 indoors or 30 outdoors)
    • Recreational travel (max 150kms within your region for day trips).

    Businesses and economy

    • Retail shopping
    • 10 people permitted at any one time for:
      • dining in (with COVID Safe Checklist): restaurants, cafés, pubs, registered and licensed clubs, RSL clubs and hotels – no bars or gaming
      • open homes and auctions
      • beauty therapy and nail salons (with COVID Safe Checklist)
    • All students back at school from 25 May 2020.

    Outback‡

    • Dining in (with COVID Safe Checklist): restaurants, cafés, pubs, registered and licensed clubs, RSL clubs and hotels (max 20 at any one time) for locals only (must show proof of residence) – no bars or gaming
    • Recreational travel including overnight accommodation max 500 kms within the outback only if you live in the outback.

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    • Funerals (max 100 people)§
    • Unlimited travel and overnight stays for all of Queensland# (including for school holidays)
    • Dining in or seated drinks in restaurants, cafés, pubs, registered or licensed clubs, RSL Clubs, hotels and casinos (no gaming) – up to 20 patrons per room or per defined area (indoors or outdoors) for a venue (when following a COVID SAFE Industry Plan^)

    Family, friends and community

    • Gatherings of up to 20 people:
      • homes
      • public spaces and lagoons* (e.g. South Bank Parklands, Cairns, Airlie Beach etc.)
      • non-contact indoor and outdoor community sport*
      • personal training, gyms*, health clubs*, yoga studios*, pools* (indoor and outdoor) and community sports clubs*
      • museums*, art galleries* and historic sites*
      • weddings and places of worship*
      • libraries*, parks, playground equipment, skate parks and outdoor gyms
      • hiking, camping and other recreational activities in national and state parks
    • Funerals§ (max 100 people)
    • Recreational travel, camping and accommodation, including caravan parks (anywhere in Queensland#).

    Businesses and economy

    • Unlimited travel and overnight stays for all of Queensland# (including for school holidays)
    • Dining in or seated drinks in restaurants, cafés, pubs, registered or licensed clubs, RSL Clubs, hotels and casinos (no gaming) – up to 20 patrons per room or defined area (indoors or outdoors) for a venue (when following a COVID Safe Industry Plan^)
    • 20 people permitted at any one time for:
      • indoor cinemas*
      • open homes* and auctions*
      • outdoor amusement parks*, tourism experiences*, zoos* and arcades*
      • concert venues*, theatres*, arenas*, auditoriums* and stadiums*
      • beauty therapy, nail salons, tanning, tattoo parlours and spas (with COVID Safe Checklist).

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    • ^ Max 50 with a COVID Safe Checklist when not complying with the COVID Safe Industry Plan
    • *More with COVID Safe Plan or Site Specific Plan approved by health authorities
    • # Except Biosecurity Areas or Restricted Areas
    • § Provided contact details are kept for at least 56 days
  • Family, friends and community

    • Private, non-commercial (e.g. home) gatherings of up to 100 with friends and family
    • Weddings and funerals (max 100 people)§
    • Maximum number of persons at museums, art galleries, libraries and historic sites determined by the one person per 4 square metre rule
    • Sport, recreation and fitness organisations when following a COVID Safe Industry Plan:
      • resumption of activity including competition and physical contact is permitted on the field of play
      • indoor sports facilities can open with one person per 4 square metres (off the field of play)§
      • outdoor sports facilities can open with physical distancing (off the field of play).

    Businesses and economy

    • Maximum number of customers for a business at any one time is determined by the 4 square metre rule¥^
    • For smaller venues below 200 square metres, businesses can have one person per 2 square metres up to 50 persons at a time§¥
    • The following businesses and areas may re-open with a COVID Safe Plan:
      • casinos, gaming and gambling venues (including electronic gaming machines)
      • non-therapeutic massage^
      • saunas and bathhouses^
      • nightclubs
      • food courts
    • Office-based workers can return to their place of work
    • Up to 25,000 spectators or 50% of capacity (whichever is the lesser) at Queensland’s Major Sports Facilities, with a COVID Safe Plan
    • Concert venues, theatres and auditoriums can open and have up to 50% capacity or one person per 4 square metres (whichever is the greater), with a COVID Safe Plan
    • More events allowed:
      • fewer than 500 people – 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
    • COVID Safe Industry Plans continue to apply with revisions to reflect changes in Stage 3. COVID Safe Checklists continue to apply.

    Remote community restricted areas:

    • The restrictions on access to Declared Travel Zones will continue under the CHO Direction: Restricted Access to Remote Communities.
    • Under the Remote Communities Roadmap, any easing of restrictions in those areas will occur following an assessment of public health advice, response capability and community consultation.

    Ongoing review

    Ongoing review of state-based restrictions will be undertaken based on levels of community transmission. This includes:

    • Density requirements, including consideration of moving from 4 to 2 square metres per person for all venues
    • Remaining restrictions on high-risk businesses and activities.

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    • ^ Max 50 with a COVID Safe Checklist when not complying with the COVID Safe Industry Plan
    • § Provided contact details are kept for at least 56 days
    • ¥ Defined areas no longer required.

Continuing conditions

  • Social distancing, 1.5 metres and hygiene
  • Tracking, tracing, rapid response
  • COVID SAFE business plans in place
  • You can now return to your place of work

The public health rules to maintain

  • Physical distancing
  • 4 square metres per person when indoors
  • Hand hygiene
  • Respiratory hygiene
  • Frequent environmental cleaning and disinfection

COVID SAFE checks

  • Surveillance and epidemiological indicators suggest a move would NOT present an undue risk
  • Testing is widespread and adequately identifies community transmission
  • Point source outbreaks are effectively contained by public health actions.

Industry Framework for COVID Safe Events

Starting from Stage 3 easing of restrictions, more events will be allowed to commence under the following requirements of Queensland Chief Health Officer:

  • Fewer than 500 people – no Queensland Health 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.

Find out more on hosting a COVID Safe Event.

Stage 3 Roadmap to Easing Restrictions

At 12 noon on Friday 3 July 2020, Stage 3 easing of restrictions commenced.

Queenslanders will continue to be able to travel anywhere in Queensland for any purpose at any time except for restricted areas.

Stage 3 changes also make it easier to catch up with family and friends. More businesses can also be open with more patrons allowed in venues.

Current interstate border control measures remain in place and will be reviewed during Stage 3 of the Roadmap.

These new changes are only possible because Queenslanders have done a great job in flattening the curve and preventing the spread of COVID-19.

With more people participating in more activities, it’s important to keep social distancing, washing your hands and wherever possible remaining 1.5 metres away from non-household members.

While changes came into effect from 27 June, it may take businesses some time to get ready to open or adjust to the eased restrictions. We’re asking all Queenslanders to be patient and support our local businesses during this time.

Restricted areas

From Friday 12 June 2020, restrictions put in place for entry to remote communities (‘designated areas’) under the Biosecurity Determination no longer apply. Instead the Queensland Chief Health Officer has defined what is required for travel in and out of designated areas under the Restricted Access to Remote Communities Direction. Additional travel within declared travel zones will now also be permitted for residents of designated areas.

Find out more about travel restrictions to remote communities.

Borders: COVID Hotspots

Any person (whether Queensland resident or non-Queensland resident) who has been in a designated COVID hotspot within the last 14 days should not come to Queensland. If they do, they must undergo quarantine in a hotel at their own expense for a minimum of 14 days.

Penalties apply for infringement and spot checks will be undertaken.

The CHO will designate hotspots by local government area.

Find out more about COVID Hotspots.

What do these changes mean for Queensland’s businesses

For all businesses that are open or opening in Queensland, a Voluntary Generic Checklist for businesses is available to assist you in opening safely.

Office-based workers can return to their place of work. It is still important to continue following public health rules by practicing social distancing, hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene and frequent environmental cleaning and disinfection.

If your business is in a restricted industry (as indicated in the Roadmap) 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.

COVID Safe Industry Plans continue to apply with revisions to reflect Stage 3 restrictions.

Any business or organisation in an industry listed on the Roadmap with an approved COVID Safe Industry Plan must download and follow that plan and complete 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.

Events may also commence and will be guided under a new framework for COVID Safe Events.

From Stage 3, the maximum number of patrons for a business at any one time will be determined by the 4 square metre rule, with defined areas no longer required.

For smaller venues below 200 square metres, businesses can have one person per 2 square metres up to 50 persons at a time.

For any dining-in service with an applicable COVID Safe Industry Plan that allows for more than 50 patrons, you no longer need to divide your venue into designated areas.

Starting from Stage 3, you can consume alcohol without food at a table. You can also order, pay and, if seated, drink and eat at the bar. You must ensure you continue to practice physical distancing and stand 1.5 metres away from the next patron, whenever possible.

Find out more about COVID Safe Businesses.

Last updated:
3 July 2020