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Greater Brisbane 3-day lockdown

Restrictions for Impacted Areas Direction

Greater Brisbane has gone into lockdown for three days, while contact tracers work to ensure the UK variant of COVID-19 is not circulating in the community.

Map of the local government areas comprising Greater Brisbane: Moreton Bay, Brisbane City, Ipswich city, Redland city, Logan CityFrom 6pm Friday 8 January, until 6pm Monday 11 January people in the local government areas of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Redlands and Logan will be required to stay at home except for the following reasons:

  • Shopping for essentials, food and necessary supplies
  • Medical or healthcare needs, including compassionate requirements
  • Exercise with no more than one other person, unless all from the same household
  • Providing care or assistance to an immediate family member
  • Work, or volunteering, or study if it is not reasonably practicable to work or learn remotely
  • Child custody arrangements
  • Legal obligations
  • Visit for end of life
  • Attend funeral or wedding in line with restrictions

Masks will also need to be worn everywhere in those local government areas except if people are at home.

Cafes, pubs and restaurants will be open only for takeaway and delivery services.

Funerals will be restricted to 20 people and weddings to 10, including the celebrant and two witnesses.

All essential businesses remain open. If you need to leave Greater Brisbane for an essential purpose, such as to work, to return home or to access healthcare, you should limit your movements for those three days wherever you go.

We're also asking anyone who was in Greater Brisbane on or since 2 January, to follow the same lockdown rules where they are now. Only leave your home for the essential reasons and wear a mask.

Get tested

If you have any symptoms at all, get tested immediately and quarantine at home until you receive a negative result.

List of restrictions

The full list of restrictions include:

  • No more than two visitors to the household per day (in addition to anyone else currently staying in the household), excluding care workers or volunteers
  • All businesses that can remain open must adhere to social (physical) distancing and continue operating under a COVID Safe or Industry Plan
  • Restaurants and cafes to provide takeaway and delivery services only
  • Cinemas, entertainment and recreation venues, gyms etc to close
  • Places of worship to close
  • Weddings involve a maximum of 10 people, including the celebrant and witnesses
  • Funerals involve a maximum of 20 people
  • Mandatory mask wearing anywhere outside of your home
  • No visitors to aged care facilities, hospitals, disability accommodation services or correctional facilities.

Map of Local Government Areas (LGAs) included in Greater Brisbane

Questions about this lockdown

How do I know what Local Government Areas are impacted?

From 6pm AEST 11 January 2021 to 1am AEST 22 January 2021, Local Government Areas (LGAs) within the Metro North, Metro South and West Moreton Hospital and Health Service regions will continue to have increased restrictions in place. Maps showing the LGA boundaries can be found at the links below:

When will the restrictions be lifted for Greater Brisbane?

Subject to no sustained transmission of the virus in the community, from 1:01am AEST Friday 22 January 2021 Greater Brisbane will return to the current restrictions for the rest of Queensland. For more information see the Roadmap to easing restrictions.

Questions about face masks

When do I have to wear a face mask? When do I have to carry a face mask?

If you are in or have been in an impacted area at any time since 7am AEST 2 January, you must carry a face mask with you at all times.

You must wear a face mask when you are in certain indoor spaces.

For example:

  • public transport (including waiting at the station or stop)
  • rideshare or taxi
  • shopping centres, supermarkets, retail outlets and markets
  • libraries
  • cinemas
  • churches and places of worship
  • entertainment facilities and sporting stadiums
  • recreational facilities and gyms
  • indoor workplaces when physical distancing is not possible
  • airports and on planes.

You are strongly encouraged to wear a mask in outdoor spaces when you cannot physically distance.

Children under 12 years and people affected by a medical condition or disability do not lawfully have to wear a face mask.

Certain workers do not have to wear a mask if the nature of their employment and Occupational Health and Safety guidelines means it is unsafe to wear a mask.

Do I have to wear a face mask if I am not in an impacted area?

You only have to wear a face mask if you have been in an impacted area at any time since 7am AEST 2 January and it is less than 14 days since you left the impacted area.

If you are in or have been in an impacted area at any time since 7am AEST 2 January, you must carry a face mask with you at all times and wear it in public indoor spaces. You are strongly encouraged to wear a mask in outdoor spaces when you cannot physically distance.

If you have not been in an impacted area, you are only required to wear a mask in some locations such as airports and on domestic flights.

We recommend everyone else in Queensland should keep a mask with them so that if you are in a situation where you may not be able to maintain physical distancing, you have some added protection.

Do children have to wear a mask?

No, children under 12 years lawfully do not have to wear a mask.

If I am an inpatient at a hospital, do I have to wear a mask?

This will be determined by your treating hospital.

I receive care at my own home, do I have to wear a mask?

You are not required to wear a mask when inside your home. However, the carer or healthcare worker providing care must wear a mask.

Who doesn’t have to wear a mask?

#exceptions

Face masks do not have to be worn by:

  • infants and children under the age of 12
  • anyone who has a medical condition or disability that may be made worse by wearing a mask, including problems with their breathing, a serious skin condition on their face, a mental health condition or experienced trauma
  • anyone who is communicating with those who are deaf or hard of hearing, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication
  • anyone who has past experiences of trauma and is unable to wear a face mask due to psychological impacts
  • anyone whose health and safety would be at risk if they wore a face mask while conducting their work, as determined through Occupational Health and Safety guidelines
  • prisoners of corrective facilities or detainees in detention centres
  • residents of residential aged care facilities or shared disability accommodation services
  • anyone who is being married while in the process of being married
  • people during an emergency.

I don’t have a mask/I can’t buy a mask. Will I be fined if I don’t wear one when I need to get food/medication/help?

If you are in or have been in an impacted area at any time since 7am AEST 2 January, you must carry a face mask with you at all times. You are strongly encouraged to wear a mask in outdoor spaces when you cannot physically distance.

You can purchase masks from pharmacies and other stores. You can also make your own mask, find out more.

If Queensland Police see you without a mask they will provide you with a mask and not fine you as long as you wear the mask provided.

When can I remove my face mask?

You can remove your face mask when you are indoors if you are:

  • travelling alone in a private vehicle or with members of your household
  • working alone or with members of your family in an indoor workplace
  • indoor workplaces when physical distancing is possible and you don’t interact with members of the public
  • eating, drinking or taking medicine
  • engaging in work that requires clear communication or visibility of your mouth, for example teaching and live broadcasting
  • directed to remove the face mask to ascertain identity.

Do I have to wear a mask while attending a funeral or wedding?

If you are in or have been in an impacted area at any time since 7am AEST 2 January, you must carry a face mask with you at all times. You must wear a face mask when you are in indoor spaces. You are strongly encouraged to wear a mask when in outdoor spaces when you cannot physically distance. You do not have to wear a mask in a hospitality venue, such as a restaurant, or if you are eating and drinking.

These rules also apply for weddings and funerals. At weddings the couple getting married does not have to wear a mask while getting married if indoors. Photos can be taken without the bridal party or guests wearing masks.

Do I have to wear a mask when I dance at a wedding?

Other than the bride and groom, you are required to wear a mask when dancing indoors and you cannot physically distance.

Do I have to carry a face mask with me if I’m staying outdoors?

Yes, face masks must be carried with you at all times if you are in or have been in an impacted area at any time since 7am AEST 2 January 2021.

Do I have to wear a mask at a restaurant, café, bar, club or pub?

You do not have to wear a mask when you are in hospitality premises like a restaurant, café or dining part of a club. That means you do not have to wear a mask while you are waiting for your food and drinks to arrive, entering or exiting the venue or using the bathroom. You are strongly encouraged to wear a mask when you cannot physically distance.

If you go to another part of a venue that is not related to dining, you will need to put your mask back on. For example, in the gaming area of the pub.

Staff who interact with patrons need to wear a mask. Back of house staff of hospitality businesses who do not interact with patrons do not have to wear a mask.

Do I have to wear a mask when exercising?

You must wear a face mask when exercising indoors unless one of the exceptions from wearing a mask applies, for example you have a medical condition. You may also remove your mask when exercising indoors where you are out of breath or puffing.

You do not have to wear a mask indoors if you are doing strenuous aerobic exercise such as high-intensity interval training, cycling, running or team sport. You do not have to wear a mask while swimming.

Do I have to wear a mask when I play a team sport or do an aerobic workout?

You do not have to wear a mask indoors if you are doing strenuous aerobic exercise such as high-intensity interval training, cycling, running or team sport.

You may remove your mask when exercising indoors when you are out of breath or puffing.

Do I need to carry a mask with me when I exercise outdoors?

Yes. You must carry a face mask with you at all times, including when you exercise outdoors.

Do I have to wear a mask when I am in an indoor workplace?

You only have to wear a mask in an indoor workplace when physical distancing cannot be followed. This does not include sections of businesses that are dealing with external members of the community.

Certain people lawfully do not have to wear a mask, if the nature of your employment and Occupational Health and Safety guidelines means it is unsafe to wear a mask.

Speak to your employer about their workplace risk measures to see if specific rules apply.

Do I have to wear a mask while driving?

You must wear a face mask if you are the driver or passenger of a taxi, ride-share, limousine, shuttle service or any other commercial passenger or personalised transport vehicle.

If you are driving in your own car alone or with people from your household, you don’t need to wear a mask.

If you are driving with people you don’t live with, then you must wear a face mask. It is also recommended that you open the windows to improve ventilation.

The Mandatory Face Masks Direction outlines other particular settings where you must wear a face mask, including driving commercial vehicles in Queensland airports.

Can businesses refuse service to someone if they are not wearing a face mask?

If you are in or have been in an impacted area at any time since 7am AEST 2 January, you must carry a face mask with you at all times. You are strongly encouraged to wear a mask in outdoor spaces when you cannot physically distance.

Exceptions to mask wearing are provided for children under 12 and people with medical conditions or disabilities.

Businesses should not refuse service to people who are not lawfully required to wear a mask.

Do I have to wear a face mask at an outdoor seated venues such as stadiums and auditoriums?

You do not have to wear a mask when you are sitting in your allocated seat, but you must wear a mask at all other times. This includes wearing a mask when entering or exiting the venue, leaving your seat to go to the bathroom or purchasing food or drinks.

What sort of mask can I wear?

The best face mask is a single-use surgical mask – you can purchase these at pharmacies. If you are unable to get a surgical mask, any paper or cloth masks are fine to use. The most effective cloth masks are made up of at least 3 layers.

A scarf, snood or piece of fabric is not an acceptable mask.

Find out how to use, wear and dispose of a face mask.

Do teachers and childcare workers have to wear a mask?

No teachers and childcare workers are not required to wear masks while teaching.

Can I remove my face mask to smoke or use an e-cigarette?

Yes, subject to existing restrictions on smoking in public places in Queensland.

While there isn’t enough evidence to be certain that people who smoke are more likely to be infected by COVID-19, the act of smoking means that fingers are in contact with your lips which increases the possibility of transmission of virus from hand to mouth.

Find out more about smoking and COVID-19.

Can I remove my mask for a beauty treatment?

Yes. You can remove your mask for a beauty service if the treatment cannot be provided while wearing a face mask, for example a facial.

Can I remove my mask at the hairdresser or barber?

Yes. Face masks can be removed if the service cannot be provided while you are wearing a face mask. For example, masks can be removed for a beard trimming or shave.

They must be worn when it is possible to do so for example during most haircuts.

Do entertainers need to wear masks when performing?

If you cannot perform your role whilst wearing a mask, you may remove it to perform. This applies to singers or musicians of oral instruments.

For those who can wear a mask during their performance, they must wear a mask, for example musicians of string instruments.

I wear traditional or religious garments that cover my head or face, do I have to wear a mask?

Yes. If you are in or have been in an impacted area at any time since 7am AEST 2 January, you must carry a face mask with you at all times. You are strongly encouraged to wear a mask in outdoor spaces when you cannot physically distance.

There are a range of face masks available that can be worn with traditional and religious garments. These include face masks that are tied around the head, rather than looped over the ears.

If you wear a face covering, like a veil or scarf, you should wear your face mask beneath this, so it is fitted to your face.

How do I stop my face mask fogging up my glasses?

Try one of these tips to help prevent your face mask fogging your glasses:

  • make sure your face mask is fitted and pinched on your nose if possible
  • put your glasses on after your mask
  • wash your glasses with detergent and water to create a film to prevent fogging
  • you can also use micropore tape (available at all pharmacies) to tape the mask   along the bridge of your nose and cheeks, then put your glasses on top
  • put a folded tissue across the bridge of your nose, then put your mask on and your glasses on top.

If I fly into Brisbane Airport, can I transit through Greater Brisbane without needing to wear a mask?

You must leave the airport in a private vehicle and drive straight out of the Greater Brisbane region without stopping. You must wear a mask while transiting through the Greater Brisbane region, when required but you will not need to continue to wear a mask once you are outside of Greater Brisbane.

You must wear a face mask while you are in a Queensland airport or on a plane in Queensland or Queensland airspace

What is a public indoor space?

A public indoor space is any space that is not a residence, including commercial premises. For example:

  • shopping centres, supermarkets, retail outlets and markets
  • public transport
  • libraries
  • cinemas
  • churches and places of worship
  • entertainment facilities and sporting stadiums
  • recreational facilities and gyms
  • indoor workplaces where physical distancing is not possible
  • at airports and on planes

Do professional sporting teams playing indoors need to wear a mask while they are 'on the bench' waiting to play?

Yes, professional and non-professional sports players must wear a mask while they are 'on the bench' waiting to play. They may remove their mask if they are puffing or out of breath.

Do I have to wear a mask when I visit friends or family at their house or they visit me?

No, but it is important you wear a mask in any situation where you can't maintain physical distancing. If in doubt, wear a mask.

How do I wear a mask correctly if I have a big beard?

Ensure the mask covers your nose and mouth, regardless of any facial hair. For non-medical face masks, you do not have to achieve a seal with the mask against the skin of your face.

There are different shapes and sizes of fabric non-medical masks available, some of which may be a more comfortable option if you have facial hair.

Do people have to wear a mask during one-to-one support/counselling sessions where physical distancing can be maintained?

You must wear a mask when you are indoors, unless it is in your own home or a workplace where physical distancing can be maintained. A counsellor would not need to wear a face mask if physical distancing can be maintained, but a client would still need to wear one.

If in doubt, wear a mask.

Does the instructor of a high-intensity/strenuous indoor activity have to wear a mask while teaching the class?

No, high-intensity/strenuous indoor activity instructors do not have to wear a mask while teaching classes.

Where can I find out more information about face masks?

Find out how to use, wear and dispose of a face mask.

Questions about non-essential businesses, activities and undertakings

What’s the difference between the 4 square metre rule, 2 square metre rule and physical distancing of 1.5 metres?

Physical distancing (also called social distancing) is one way to help slow the spread of viruses and can help protect the people in our community who are most at risk of getting really sick from COVID-19.

The 4 square metre rule/2 square metre rule describes the maximum number of people who can occupy premises at the same time - the ‘density’ of people at a restaurant or cafe. For example, the 4 square metre rule is the measure that a business should use to plan how many people can occupy a venue safely. Unless the business is less than 200 square metres when the business may have a maximum of 50 people with one person per two square metres.

We are also asking everyone to keep a physical (social) distance of 1.5 metres away from other people. This is about each of us being responsible for how close we get to others, wherever we are – for example, at the train station, in the supermarket or at a party.

Why do outdoor venues have a 2 square metre rule and indoor venues have a 4 square metre rule? Shouldn’t we always be physically distancing, whether inside or outside?

This is all about balancing health and the economy. We are getting this balance right.

This allows us to support local businesses and get Queenslanders back to normal, while ensuring we can safely ease restrictions and perform consistent and fast contact tracing in the event of a person testing positive.

We know that it is less likely for COVID-19 to spread in outdoor spaces than it is in enclosed, indoor environments. However, physical distancing requirements still apply to businesses operating outdoors.

What is outdoors?

An outdoor area has fixed or temporary boundaries but is not fully enclosed. It is open to the elements and has natural air flow. To reduce the risk of COVID-19, there should be as much natural and unrestricted air movement as possible for the majority of time the area is in use.

An outdoor area can include a veranda, balcony, deck, patio or similar structure that might be connected to an external wall of a building and also have a roof, awning or eave. It might also include a rotunda, tarpaulin or shade structure situated in a larger open space.

An outdoor area does not include atriums that are internal to a building. A temporary or permanent marquee is not considered an outdoor area except in the circumstances where walls/panels are lifted for the duration of the event. A tent–like a circus tent or performance tent–is not considered an outdoor area.

When curtain walls, panel walls or other fittings are used to fully enclose an area to protect from the elements, it should be considered as indoor. Sometimes Queensland weather means that curtain walls, panel walls or other fittings are 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.

What if I operate under the COVID Safe Framework, do I still need to abide by the increased density restrictions?

Where a business operates under the COVID Safe Framework and a Plan or Checklist refers to a requirement that is different to this Direction the business must follow the requirements outlined in the Restrictions for Impacted Areas Direction.

For example, an Approved Plan may refer to an occupant density of no more than one person per 2 square metres in settings such as restaurants. However, a restaurant may only have one person per 4 square metres indoors in accordance with this Direction.

I think a business is not compliant with this Direction or the COVID Safe Framework, who should I report this to and what happens next?

If you are concerned about a business not maintaining appropriate physical distancing or other Public Health Direction requirements, perhaps have a chat to the staff first and find out what measures they have put in place.

If you wish to report a business that isn’t complying with restrictions, you can report them through PoliceLink on 131 444.

Why do businesses need to collect contact details?

Businesses that operate a restricted business, activity or undertaking must collect and keep contact information about all people at the premises (including staff), for contact tracing purposes for a minimum of 30 days and a maximum period of 56 days, unless otherwise specified. Hospitality venues must collect and keep this information electronically at the time of entry - paper-based records will no longer be acceptable in these settings. Contact records must include:

  • name
  • phone number
  • email address   (residential address if unavailable)
  • the date and time period of patronage.

If requested, this information must be provided to public health officers as stated. The information should be securely stored, not used for any other purpose and deleted after a minimum of 30 days and a maximum period of 56 days.

Businesses should take reasonable steps to ensure that the contact information provided is accurate.

Find out more information on record keeping.

Are cafes, pubs etc. OK to remain open if they're following a COVID Safe Plan?

Café’s, pubs and restaurants can operate in line with the density requirements determined by their venue size for seated patrons only. Patrons do not need to wear a mask when in the dining section of a hospitality venue. Staff who interact with patrons must wear a mask while in the dining section of a hospitality venue.

All businesses may now have one person per 4 square metres on their premises indoors, or one person per 2 square metres outdoors. Businesses with a floor space less than 200 square metres can have one person per 2 square metres, with up to 50 people at a time.

They can also operate for takeaway and home delivery service. Contact details do not have to be collected for takeaway customers.

Can I stand while I eat or drink? Why/why not?

All patrons must be seated while eating or drinking. You can still order, pay or collect food and drinks at the bar or service counter, but you'll need to pull up a chair to drink and eat. We know it's tough to keep your physical distancing bubble while you're out drinking, eating and having fun with friends and family. To further protect Queenslanders, it's important we put in place as many measures as possible to ensure people are keeping their distance from each other.

You do not have to wear a mask while in the dining section of a hospitality premises.

Can I go to church/ a place of worship?

Places of worship can have one person per 4 square metres for scheduled services, private worship or religious services other than a wedding ceremony or funeral. If the place of worship is outdoors the one person per 2 square metre rule applies. Places with less than 200 square metres, must comply with the one person per 2 square metres up to 50 people. Groups from different households can sit together. There is no need to maintain distancing between people from the same household.

Will public transport continue to operate? Is it safe to use public transport?

Public transport will continue as normal and physical distancing is still in effect. However, you must wear a mask and follow the other advice from TransLink about COVID-safe travel on public transport.

You must wear a mask when on public transport and while at the station or stop.

Do non-restricted retailers have to follow any restrictions?

Retailers that provide essential goods and services (for example grocery stores) are currently not restricted businesses. They are not required to operate under requirements such as the one person per 4 square metre rule. Some retailers may elect to impose their own risk management practices such as occupant limits.

When visiting one of these stores you must:

  • wear a mask. This includes staff who work at and customers who visit the store.
  • practise physical distancing to the extent possible. This includes maintaining 1.5 metres distance from other people.

Can I watch someone play a game indoors and outdoors?

Yes, spectators are allowed to watch sports matches both indoors and outdoors. The number of spectators allowed at an indoor venue will be determined by the occupant density requirements applicable to your venue’s size. You must wear a mask when not seated in your allocated seat.

Spectators at an outdoor sporting venue or swimming pool should remain 1.5 metres away from people who are not from their own household or group.

What is the ‘field of play’?

The ‘field of play’ is the pitch, court, field, pool or other facility that sport, recreation or fitness activity is generally conducted on. Any person required on the field of play, during the course of play, including but not limited to participants, coaches, officials and other required support services/staff are not required to comply physical distancing rules on the field of play.

Spectators, coaches etc from a different household must keep 1.5 metres distance from each other off the field of play.

Specific guidance regarding the return of sporting-based activities can be found in the Return to Play Guide (PDF). The guide outlines a range of requirements for community sport to adhere to.

Can I see my personal trainer or attend a bootcamp?

Yes. But participants should maintain a 1.5 metre distance (think two big steps) away from other people, whenever possible. Where safety is a concern or when conducting contact based activities and skills training for example, boxing with a partner, or for businesses operating under a COVID Safe Plan, the trainer may ‘spot’ or demonstrate the activity and would not be required to comply with physical distancing rules while ensuring client safety. Participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment where possible (e.g. gym mat).

You must wear a mask when exercising indoors. You may remove your mask when exercising or playing sport indoors where you are out of breath or puffing.

Specific guidance regarding the return of fitness activities can be found in the Return to Play Guide (PDF). The guide outlines a range of requirements for fitness facilities to adhere to.

Can I donate blood during lockdown?

Yes. Globally, there are no reports of COVID-19 being transmitted through blood.

I am a real estate agent – can I conduct open house inspections or auctions?

Yes, open house inspections are permitted for a maximum of 20 people at any time.

Auctions are permitted with one person per 4 square metres indoors or 2 square metres outdoors. If the space is less than 200 square metres in size, then the one person per 2 square metre rule will apply, up to 50 people.

The agent should ensure good hand hygiene and frequent environmental cleaning and disinfection is maintained during an open house inspection.

Given the close interaction involved, agents are required to keep a record of all guests’ contact information, including name, phone number, email address and the date and time period of patronage for 56 days (8 weeks) to assist with contact tracing if required.

The agent should ensure that physical distancing including four or two square metres per person, hand hygiene and frequent environmental cleaning and disinfection is maintained during an open house inspection.

Can I go to the gym?

Yes. Gyms, yoga studios, health clubs, fitness centres, spin studios, barre studio, indoor sporting centres and dance studios can operate.

The total number of people to attend the activity, training and competition at indoor venues is to be based on occupant density of:

  • one person per 2 square metres for venues 200 square metres or less (up to a total of 50)
  • one person per 4 square metres for venues of 200 square metres or more.
  • one person per 2 square metres for outdoor venues

You must wear a mask when exercising indoors. You do not have to wear a mask indoors if you are doing strenuous aerobic exercise such as high-intensity interval training, cycling, running or team sport.

You may remove your mask when exercising indoors where you are out of breath or puffing.

Can markets operate?

Yes, markets can operate.

The total number of people to attend the market is to be based on occupant density of:

  • one person per 2 square metres for venues 200 square metres or less (up to a total of 50)
  • one person per 4 square metres for venues of 200 square metres or more
  • one person per 2 square metres for outdoor venues

I am a massage therapist. Can I offer massage therapy?

Yes. You can provide massage therapy to clients for the management or prevention of a disease, injury or condition, as long as you comply with a COVID Safe Checklist or COVID Safe Plan.

If you provide massage for non-therapeutic purposes, like relaxation massage, you may operate in accordance with a COVID Safe Plan, or with a maximum of 50 people in compliance with a COVID Safe Checklist.

What is included in beauty therapy?

Businesses can operate for all personal appearance/beauty therapy and nail services including, for example, facials, makeup, waxing, laser hair removal, laser treatments and eyelash extensions. Spray tans, cosmetic injections, body piercing and micro needling and tattooing (including tattoo parlours) are also included. Water-based spa services and non-therapeutic massage may also be provided.

Beauty therapy businesses must operate in compliance with a COVID Safe Checklist or COVID Safe Plan. Beauty therapy businesses that offer water-based spa services like saunas and bathhouses or non-therapeutic massage will be limited to 50 people for their business if they are complying with a COVID Safe Checklist.

Can I swim at my local/public /apartment complex?

Yes. Swimming pools are allowed to operate with a COVID Safe Plan. Physical distancing must be observed outside of the pool but does not apply in the pool.

If a swimming pool is located in a private residential dwelling for the use of the occupants of the dwelling, those residents and their guests are able to use the swimming pool. Swimming pools in apartment complexes should operate under a COVID Safe Plan.

Can I operate my short-term rental or short-term accommodation (for example, serviced apartment or Airbnb listing) for holiday and leisure purposes?

Yes. Accommodation providers can operate. This includes campgrounds. Short term accommodation providers must comply with the one person per 4 square metre rule for sleeping areas. The one person per 2 square metre rule will apply for common areas open to or used by guests.

Some accommodation providers are required to have a health management plan to manage preventing the spread of COVID-19. For example, a backpacker hostel or a bed and breakfast. If you rent out part of your home using an online hosting platform such as Airbnb and your guests share your kitchen and/or bathroom, you will also need a health management plan. Fully self-contained apartments or houses will not require a health management plan.

How many people can I have stay overnight at my short- term rental or short-term accommodation (for example serviced apartment or Airbnb listing)?

Accommodation providers must only allow the number of people permitted to occupy the premise under a booking to remain overnight. You can have more people visit you in line with the Movement and Gathering restrictions under this Direction (maximum 20) as long as they do not stay overnight.

What is a health management plan?

A health management plan demonstrates compliance with COVID-19 public health directions and describes the measures that can be implemented to minimise risks of transmission of COVID-19 amongst residents, workers and people staying at the accommodation facility, and the community. Please refer to the www.health.qld.gov.au/healthdirections for more information.

Can shared facilities at caravan parks, campgrounds and in hostels open?

Yes, shared bathrooms or kitchens for people staying at the facility can open if the facility has a health management plan in place.

Can I play golf/tennis?

Yes. Golf and tennis are permitted as forms of exercise. It is recommended that you wear a mask when physical distance cannot be maintained. You can play with up to 20 people.

What are the rules for indoor and outdoor entertainment venues?

Indoor entertainment venues such as cinemas concert venues, theatres and auditoriums are allowed to operate, with up to 50 per cent seated capacity, or one person per 4 square metres (whichever is greater). Outdoor venues, such as stadiums, can operate with up 50 per cent of seated capacity.

Can I go to a theme park, zoo, aquarium or wildlife centre?

Yes, theme parks, zoos, aquariums and wildlife centres have COVID Safe Site Specific Plans. These plans take into consideration the complexity and size of these businesses to ensure that operators are keeping Queenslanders safe.

Can businesses run major events?

Yes. The key principle in staging and participating is to avoid overcrowding. Organisers should apply the one person per 4 square metre rule for indoor events and one person per 2 square metre rule for outdoor events.

Organisers also need to have a plan in place to protect attendees. These plans will differ depending on the number of people attending the event and whether it is indoors or outdoors:

  • May operate in compliance with an Industry Plan or Site Specific Plan approved by the Chief Health Officer
  • If the event is operating under an Industry Plan or Site Specific Plan, and more than 500 people are attending an indoor event and 1000 people will be attending an outdoor event, the organiser must tell the local public health unit at least 10 business days before the event taking place.

Or:

Indoor events

  • 500 people or less   –must comply with a COVID Safe Event Checklist, no   further approval needed
  • 500 - 10,000   people - must comply with a COVID Safe Event   Plan approved by local public health units
  • 10,000 people or   more - must comply with a COVID Safe Event   Plan approved by the Chief Health Officer.

Outdoor events

  • 1000 people or   less–must comply with a COVID Safe Event Checklist,   no further approval needed
  • 1000 - 10,000   people–must comply with a COVID Safe Event   Plan approved by local public health units
  • 10,000   people or more–must comply with a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by   the Chief Health Officer.

Questions about movement and gatherings

Are there any limits to how far I can travel?

You can leave your home for any purpose. You can travel anywhere in Australia. Please note other states and territories may have restrictions in place that prevent you from travelling to them. You should check the relevant government website on any restrictions that exist.

How many people can gather in outdoor areas, like a park? Can I meet up with someone outside of my home?

Gatherings in outdoor public spaces must be limited to a maximum of 20 people within one group. Individuals are not permitted to organise mass gatherings in a public space.

We ask that Queenslanders use common sense and good judgement, including maintaining plenty of distance between groups. Things to think about when deciding if a park is already too crowded include:

  • Is there plenty of distance between each group (can you play ball between each group; can you talk easily without overhearing another group)?
  • Is there an empty space for your group to sit comfortably, that is still a good distance from others?
  • Is there somewhere less crowded we can go to, that isn’t far from here to be on the safe side?

How many visitors can I have at my house at any one time? What if I already have people staying with me?

You can have a maximum of 20 people in your home including the members of your household.

You and your visitors should still practise physical distancing as much as you can. This means:

  • keep at least 1.5 metres away from other people (two big steps)
  • wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use alcohol-based sanitiser
  • avoid hugs, kisses and handshakes.

How many people can I have at a wedding ceremony?

Wedding ceremonies can have a maximum of 100 people regardless of the size of the venue.

It is important if you are unwell, that you do not go to a wedding.

A record of names and contact details of each guest must be kept for at least 30 days and no more than 56 days to assist in contact tracing if required.

Wedding receptions performed at a private residence or public place will be limited to the maximum number of 20 people, if there is no COVID Safe Plan, Checklist or Event Checklist in place.

Wedding receptions at a venue that has a COVID Safe Plan, Checklist or Event Checklist in place are limited by the increased density restrictions outlined in this Direction.

How many people can I have at a funeral?

Funerals conducted in a professional venue may be attended by a maximum of 100 people irrespective of the size of the venue.

It is important if you are unwell, that you do not go to a funeral.

A record of names and contact details of each guest must be kept for a minimum of 30 days and a maximum 56 days to assist in contact tracing if required.

Wakes at a private residence or public place are limited to a maximum of 20 people, if there is no COVID Safe Plan, Checklist or Event Checklist in place.

Wakes at a venue that has a COVID Safe Plan, Checklist or Event Checklist in place are limited by the increased density restrictions outlined in this Direction.

What if I want to celebrate events such as birthdays?

You can organise a gathering or party in an outdoor public space or at a private property with 20 people.

You can only have more people at your event if your event is being run by a business that operates under the COVID Safe Framework.

Can I have people come to my home to help complete repairs?

Yes. You can have people enter your home to complete work , such as plumbing or electrical work. There is no limit on the number of workers or volunteers that can come to your home.

Who is a member of my household?

Members of your household are the people who ordinarily reside in your home. This could include family members who are staying with you temporarily during the holidays.

Do children count in the limits on number of people?

Children and infants are included in the total numbers where limits are indicated.

Can you have many visits throughout the day?

Yes, there is no limit to the number of visits you can have in a day. You can have a maximum of 20 people in your home at any one time including the members of your household.

We want to remind Queenslanders that limited contact with other people is one of the best ways to slow the spread of COVID-19. Always practise physical distancing, even when you’re visiting another household – so keep two big steps away from other people and avoid hugs, kisses and handshakes.

Can I hug or kiss the person I am visiting?

It's best not to. We know it’s really tough but limiting contact with other people is one of the best ways to slow the spread of COVID-19. Always practise physical distancing, even when you’re visiting another household so keep two big steps away from other people and avoid hugs, kisses and handshakes.

But if you’re sick, stay home. If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, go and get tested

Can I hold a protest?

Protest organisers will need to have a COVID Safe Event Checklist, or COVID Safe Event Plan that is approved by either their local public health unit or the Chief Health Officer depending on attendee numbers.

Can I complete a COVID Safe Event Checklist for a private event, e.g. a naming ceremony?

Only businesses can operate under a COVID Safe Event Checklist, these are not available to individuals.

For example, if you plan to host a naming ceremony in your backyard – and you have a business engaged to manage the event that is operating under an approved COVID Safe Plan, the event can have more people attend. As long as, the event is held in line with the rules of the relevant COVID Safe Plan for example the Weddings Industry COVID Safe Plan.

If the event is not operating under a COVID Safe Plan then it will be limited to a maximum of 20 at any one time in your home or backyard.

Questions about exemptions

Can I apply for an exemption from a requirement under the Direction?

The Chief Health Officer may give a person or a group of people an exemption from the Restrictions for Impacted Areas Direction only if extreme exceptional circumstances exist.

Questions about penalties and enforcement

Are there penalties if I don’t comply?

Yes. If you don’t comply you may be given an on-the-spot fine of $1,334 for individuals and $6,670 for corporations, a court-imposed penalty of up to $13,345 or 6 months' imprisonment.

Are these rules mandatory?

Yes. A whole of government approach exists for this pandemic and Queensland Police Service is responsible for compliance.

How is this being enforced?

Queensland Police and enforcement officers will enforce these restrictions and ensure Queenslanders are doing their part to slow the spread. Industry and business regulators will also play a role in ensuring organisations are compliant with restrictions.