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Easing of Greater Brisbane restrictions

Due to the great work by Queenslanders in responding to the recent lockdown, we can now lift the increased restrictions that have been in place for Greater Brisbane. From 1am AEST 22 January 2021, the Greater Brisbane region is subject to the same restrictions as the rest of the state.

Face masks

You are strongly encouraged to continue to carry a face mask with you at all times, to provide added protection if you are in a situation where you cannot maintain social distancing. When attending a big event, in a shopping centre or travelling on public transport, we strongly encourage you to wear a mask – especially when entering, exiting or moving through areas where lots of people are gathered.

Face masks remain mandatory at all times in the following situations:

  • at Queensland airports (indoor and outdoor areas)
  • during a domestic commercial flight
  • if you are arriving to Queensland from overseas or from a COVID-19 hotspot, you must wear a face mask while travelling from the airport until you reach your allocated room in your quarantine accommodation
  • if you are a driver of a bus, coach service, taxi or rideshare transporting a person required to quarantine.

Face masks alone will not protect you from COVID-19. Social distancing is the gold standard of COVID-19 prevention methods, as well as washing your hands regularly.

Movement and gathering

You can have 100 people gather in public outdoor spaces, and 50 people can gather at a private property – this number includes those who live with you.

Businesses, activities and undertakings

All restricted businesses can open, in line with the COVID Safe Framework.

All restricted businesses may now have one person per 2 square metres on their premises, other than a hospitality business that does not comply with the requirement to collect contact details electronically. Venues can operate with up to 100 per cent seated capacity if patrons are in ticketed, allocated seating.

Dance floors are also allowed indoors and outdoors, and you can stand up and have a drink at bar.

Visiting hospitals, aged care facilities and disability accommodation services

You can now enter hospital, residential aged care facilities and Disability Accommodation Services if you have been in Greater Brisbane since 2 January 2021. Certain restrictions continue to apply to:

Questions about the easing of restrictions for Greater Brisbane

Is it safe to revert back to Stage 6 restrictions in Greater Brisbane?

Due to the great work by Queenslanders in responding to the recent lockdown, we can now lift the increased restrictions that have been in place for Greater Brisbane. From 1am AEST 22 January 2021, if there is no community transmission, the Greater Brisbane region will be subject to the same restrictions as the rest of the state.

Was the lockdown necessary?

The lockdown was necessary for impacted areas to minimise the potential spread of this very infectious variant of COVID-19.

What rules are in place for movement and gathering?

If there is no community transmission, the increased restrictions on movement and gathering for Greater Brisbane will be lifted from 1am AEST 22 January 2021.

You can have 100 people gather in public outdoor spaces, and 50 people can gather at a private property, this number includes those who live with you.

Find out more about the restrictions on movement and gathering across all of Queensland.

What rules are in place for businesses?

If there is no community transmission, the increased restrictions on businesses, activities and undertakings in Greater Brisbane will be lifted from 1am AEST 22 January 2021.

All restricted businesses can open, in line with the COVID Safe Framework.

Find out more about the restrictions in place for businesses, activities and undertakings across all of Queensland.

Do I have to continue to carry/wear a face mask?

From 1am AEST 22 January 2021, you are strongly encouraged to continue to carry a face mask with you at all times, to provide added protection if you are in a situation where you cannot maintain social distancing. When attending a big event or travelling on public transport, we strongly encourage you to wear a mask – especially when entering, exiting or moving through areas where lots of people are gathered.

Face masks remain mandatory at all times in the following situations:

  • at Queensland airports (indoor and outdoor areas)
  • during a domestic commercial flight
  • if you are arriving to Queensland from overseas or from a COVID-19 hotspot you must wear a face mask while travelling from the airport until you reach your allocated room in your quarantine accommodation
  • if you are a driver of a bus, coach service, taxi or rideshare transporting a person required to quarantine.

There are some exceptions to wearing a face mask, including:

  • children under 12
  • a person eating, drinking or taking medicine
  • where visibility of the mouth is essential
  • where a mask needs to be removed to clearly communicate
  • a person with a particular medical condition or disability, which makes wearing a face mask unsuitable
  • a person undergoing medical treatment
  • if a person is asked to remove a face mask for identity purposes
  • if wearing a mask creates a risk to a person’s health and safety
  • for emergencies or when allowed by law
  • in any circumstances when it’s not safe to wear a mask.

Face masks alone will not protect you from COVID-19. Social distancing is the gold standard of COVID-19 prevention methods, coupled with washing your hands regularly.

Find out more about using face masks.