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Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction (No.8)Practice social distancing of 1.5 metres and keep to one person per 4 square metres

What's changed from 4pm on 16 October 2020

  • Up to 40 people at a time can dance at a wedding held under a COVID Safe Plan or Checklist
  • People can dance at year 12 school formals and end of year 12 events.

Overview

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

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 an indoor floor space less than 200 square metres can have one person per 2 square metres, up to 50 people at a time.

Businesses that have never been required to close (e.g. grocery stores) can continue to operate as they have been.

Note, physical distancing rules still apply. So wherever possible, people should remain 1.5 metres away from others (except if they are in the same group).

For full details, read the official public health direction here


Community responsibilities

We all have a part to play in keeping ourselves and others safe and to support businesses to operate safely, or expand their services.

Individuals can

I can

Businesses can

Businesses can

Keep well

  • Stay home if I’m sick
  • Get tested if I have COVID-19 symptoms
  • Support working from home
  • Send anyone unwell home

Keep your space

  • Keep 1.5 metres away from others
  • Come back later if it’s busy
  • Allow only 1 person per 4 square metres indoors
  • Allow only 1 person per 2 square metres outdoors
  • If the indoor floor space is less than 200 square metres allow one person per 2 square metres, up to 50 people at a time
  • Place out visual markers to encourage distance
  • Operate within the COVID Safe Framework

Keep clean

  • Clean hands often with soap or sanitiser
  • Cover coughs and sneezes

Keep in contact

  • Give contact details at venues in case we need to contact you
  • Download the COVIDSafe app
  • Keep a customer contact register
  • Keep customer information safe for 56 days then dispose securely

Keep flu safe

  • Get the flu shot to help prevent the spread of germs
  • Require some staff to have the flu shot, depending on the industry

Questions and answers about this direction

What is the COVID Safe Framework?

The COVID Safe Framework sets out what requirements businesses under the Direction must comply with. Depending on the type of business, activity or event, these requirements will be different:

  • certain businesses already have Approved Plans which they should follow.

  • if there is no Approved Plan in place, then a COVID Safe Checklist may apply.

  • a business may elect to operate under a relevant COVID Safe Checklist, for a maximum of 50 people, instead of an Approved Plan

  • if there is no approved COVID Safe Checklist or Approved Plan, the rules in the direction apply and only a maximum of 50 people are allowed.

  • Events are subject to different requirements, depending on the number of people attending.

For more information see the COVID Safe Plans website.

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 café. For example, the 4 square metre rule is the measure that a business should use to plan how many people can occupy an indoor venue safely. Unless the business is less than 200 square metres indoors, then the business may have a maximum of 50 people with one person per 2 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.

As a business, do I need to do both? That is, make sure there is 4 square metres per person or 2 square metres and physical distancing of 1.5 metres?

Yes. The 4 square metre rule or 2 square metre rule (for outdoor venues or indoor venues with less than 200 square metres) does not determine the distance between people. It’s important to be mindful of arranging tables and traffic flows to ensure that wherever possible patrons and staff are each at least 1.5 metres apart.

For example, ensure that tables are at least 1.5 metres apart and that in the takeaway section of a restaurant, each waiting customer can sit or stand at last 1.5 metres away from everyone else. This may not always be possible in a venue less than 200 square metres which is why the venue is restricted to a maximum of 50 people.

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 period of 56 days, unless otherwise specified. This information must include:

  • name
  • phone number
  • email address
  • the date and time period of patronage.

If requested, this information must be provided to public health officers within a stated time. The information should be securely stored, not used for any other purpose and deleted after 56 days.

Why does the 4 square metre rule not apply for small venues?

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

This exception for small indoor venues 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.

Why do outdoor venues have a 2 square metre rule and indoor venues have a 4 square metre rule?/Why aren’t restrictions easing for indoor businesses? 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.

I think a business is not compliant with 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 wish to report a business that isn’t complying with restrictions, you can report them through PoliceLink on 131 444.

What requirements do I need to follow if I am waiting on a COVID Safe Plan to be updated for my business/industry?

Follow the requirements of the  Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction (No. 7) until your industry plan is updated.

How many people (occupant density) can be in a venue at any one time?

This depends on the floor space available in each venue, and whether the venue is indoors or outdoors:

  • For indoor venues of less than 200 square metres - one person per 2 square metres is allowed, capped at 50 people at a time
  • For indoor venues larger than 200 square metres - one person per 4 square metres is allowed at a time
  • For outdoor venues - one person per 2 square metres is allowed at a time
  • For venues that have both indoor and outdoor areas the venue must comply with -  one person per 2 square metres rule for outdoor areas, and one person per 4 square metres for indoor areas or one person per 2 square metres if the indoor space is less than 200 square metres, capped at 50 people.

Questions about hospitality – food and drink

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

Yes, you can now stand while eating and drinking both indoors and outdoors where the venue is operating under a COVID Safe Plan or Checklist.

Standing eating and drinking is also permitted under a COVID Safe Event Plan or Event Checklist.

It is important that you continue to stand 1.5 metres away from each other to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Are food buffets allowed?

In the interest of preventing unnecessary contact and potential transmission, buffets are still not allowed. You must be served food by a waiter.

How long can I stay at a café or restaurant (e.g. Is there a time limit?)?

There is no time limit, but we do encourage you to be mindful that other people may be waiting and to not stay on the premises longer than you need to. Venues may choose to have a time limit for guests. We’re asking for Queenslanders to use common sense and good judgement during this time.

Do businesses need to collect contact details for people just ordering takeaway?

Takeaway food services do not have to collect contact information from takeaway patrons. Businesses only need to collect contact information for dine in patrons.

How will compliance with the Public Health Directions be regulated at restaurants and cafés?

In addition to Queensland Police, Local Government Environmental Health Officers will continue to be regulating food premises to ensure compliance with Public Health Directions.

Can I use my keep cup?

No, BYO or keep cups are still not allowed to be used, to reduce the spread of germs.

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.

Questions about retail and leisure

Can I go to a cinema?

Yes, you can go to a cinema. Indoor cinemas must ensure they limit the number of people in the venue to ensure 4 square metres for each person attending. Theatres that are less than 200 square metres may use the one person per 2 square metre rule, up to 50 people at a time.

Seating arrangements should be spaced to ensure appropriate physical distancing. Where possible, there should also be at least 1.5 metres between each person who are not in the same group. This applies to the screening area, foyers, food service and ticket queues.

They should have a plan in place to manage entries and exits and have physical distancing measures in place.

If it’s a drive-in cinema, you should remain in your vehicle and physical distancing should be observed in common areas and shared facilities to the extent possible. People from different households can now be in the one car.

I am a tour operator, when can I operate my tours again?

Tourism experiences can operate as long as they limit the number of participants according to the capacity of their space, venue or vessel. Indoor tour operators may have one person per 4 square metres or one person per 2 square metres if they have an indoor floor space of less than 200 square metres capped at 50 people at a time. Tour operators that operate outdoors may have one person per 2 square metres.

This includes attractions such as dive boats, fishing charters and boat operators, who take passengers as individuals or in tour groups. Boats that are enclosed can only have one person per 4 square metres or one person per 2 square metres if less than 200 square metres capped at 50 people, while boats that are not enclosed can have one person per 2 square metres.

How do I operate a tourism experience while maintaining physical distancing?

While at times it can be difficult to maintain physical distancing, tour operators should make every effort to adhere to the guidelines outlined in the Public Health Directions and your COVID Safe Plan, use common sense and follow physical distancing principles, including:

  • limit your tour size according to the physical space you have available – for example accommodating one person per 4 square metres indoors or one person per 2 square metres outdoors
  • wherever possible make sure everyone on the tour who is not from the same household is 1.5 metres apart from other people
  • ensure you or your staff stay home if they are sick or have flu-like symptoms, no matter how mild, and get tested for COVID-19
  • encourage your customers to rebook if they are sick or have flu-like symptoms, no matter how mild, and encourage them to get tested for COVID-19
  • practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands regularly with soap and water, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

To ensure you are maintaining a safe environment for patrons and staff, make use of available resources for best practice cleaning and additional resources in the Safe Work Australia COVID-19 Resource Kit.

Yes, but venues must ensure they limit the number of people in the venue to one person per 4 square metres or one person per 2 square metres in a space less than 200 square metres up to a limit of 50 people. The one person per 2 square metre rule also applies to outdoor art galleries and museums.

Can I go to a concert/the theatre?

Yes, indoor 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 can operate with up 75 per cent of seated capacity.

Can I go watch professional sport?

Yes, major sporting facilities, both indoor and outdoor, are allowed to operate. These venues are only allowed to open for seated and ticketed events.

Major indoor sporting facilities are allowed to have up to 25,000 spectators or 50 per cent of seated capacity (whichever is lesser). Major outdoor sporting facilities can operate for up 75 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 I go to community facilities (like community centres and halls, recreation centres, youth centres, community clubs and PCYCs)?

Yes. These facilities should follow the Social sporting-based activities rules in the Return to Play Guide (PDF) in relation to these activities.

Can I run major events like marathons, concerts, expos and cultural festivals?

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.

Whether an event can be managed under a COVID Safe Event Plan or COVID Safe Event Checklist may depend on the number of people attending an event or distinct sessions within the event. For example, an outdoor event with three separate sessions, with 1,000 people in attendance at each session, may operate under a COVID Safe Event Checklist.

Events:

  • 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 or 1000 people are 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/sessions within events

  • 500 people or less – must comply with a COVID Safe Event Checklist, no further approval needed
  • 500 to 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/sessions within events

  • 1000 people or less – must comply with a COVID Safe Event Checklist, no further approval needed
  • 1000 to 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.

Can I organise a major event under a COVID Safe Event Checklist?

Yes, you can organise major events under a COVID Safe Event Checklist depending on the number of people attending the event – 500 people for indoor events and 1000 people for outdoor events.

The number of people at an event may depend on the attendees at each distinct session or event. For example, an outdoor festival may have multiple sessions or events held across different locations. The festival may be organised under a COVID Safe Event Checklist if it is held outdoors and less than 1000 people will be in attendance at each separate event or session.

At a major event, if one person leaves can another person take their place?

Major events can only host the maximum number of people allowed under their COVID Safe Event or Industry Plan or COVID Safe Event Checklist at any one time.

If someone leaves an event another person cannot take their place. You can only enter an event at clearly defined session times. This is to assist with minimising the spread of COVID-19.

For example, if you are attending the morning session of a cultural festival, you cannot leave during your session and have another person take your place. Nobody will be allowed to enter the festival until the next session starts. Each person attending will need to have a designated ticket for their session and will only be able to enter the venue at the time listed on their ticket.

Do protests need a COVID Safe Event Checklist?

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.

Questions about entertainment venues

What are the restrictions for casinos, gaming and gambling venues?

Casinos, gaming or gambling venues can operate in compliance with an approved COVID Safe Plan. These plans outline how these venues will meet health requirements and implement extra measures to ensure the health and safety of the increased number of patrons.

These venues can:

  • serve food and drinks to seated or standing patrons
  • provide takeaway food and home delivery
  • operate for gaming, including electronic gaming machines.

These venues cannot:

  • have dance floors
  • have buffets.

What are the restrictions for retail wagering outlets?

Retail wagering outlets must be managed in accordance with the COVID Safe Plan and only have one person per 4 square metres unless operating in a space of less than 200 square metres when they can have up to 50 people with one person per 2 square metres.

What are the restrictions for strip clubs, brothels, sex on premises venues and sole operator sex workers?

Strip clubs, brothels, sex on premises venues and sole operator sex workers can operate with a COVID Safe Plan.

Can nightclubs open?

Yes. But, in the interest of preventing unnecessary contact and potential transmission, nightclub dance floors remain closed. Nightclubs may use this space for seated or standing dining and drinking.

We said we would ease restrictions in phases and manage this sensibly, and that’s what we are doing. The decision to ease restrictions is based on a number of factors, including our ability to identify sources of transmission and contain and manage any outbreaks. We are continuously assessing these factors and will update Queenslanders when we are able to.

Can venues have dance floors?

In the interest of preventing unnecessary contact and potential transmission, dance floors are not allowed, including in a bar or nightclub.

At a wedding, up to 40 people can dance at any one time.

People are also allowed to dance at year 12 school formals and end of year 12 events.

We said we would ease restrictions in phases and manage this sensibly, and that’s what we are doing. The decision to ease restrictions is based on a number of factors, including our ability to identify sources of transmission and contain and manage any outbreaks. We are continuously assessing these factors and will update Queenslanders when we are able to.

Why can only 40 people dance at weddings, but an entire senior class can dance at a year 12 school formal or end of year 12 event?

Our class of 2020 has been through a tough year, missing out on many of the rights of passage that others have been able to experience. The entire senior class and their dates are allowed to dance at year 12 school formals and end of year 12 events, due to the amount of time these students spend together every day at school. Students who are on the dance floor must continue to practise physical distancing to the extent possible. Parents and teachers are also allowed to dance at year 12 school formals and end of year 12 events.

At weddings, it is important to reduce crowding on dance floors as weddings bring together people who do not traditionally spend every day together.

Students are also not allowed to consume alcohol at school formals, while at weddings, alcohol consumption can lead to complacency in physical distancing and potentially increase the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Why can people dance at weddings, but people can’t dance at night clubs?

We said we would ease restrictions in phases and manage this sensibly, and that’s what we are doing. The decision to ease restrictions is based on a number of factors, including our ability to identify sources of transmission and contain and manage any outbreaks. We are continuously assessing these factors and will update Queenslanders when we are able to. Dancing at weddings is mainly between known friends and partners and if required it will be relatively easy to contact trace all the guests.

Questions about real estate

I work in the real estate industry; can I conduct an open house inspection on a property?

Yes, open house inspections are permitted. The agent must ensure that they limit the number of attendees to no more than one person per 4 square metres at a time. If the home is less than 200 square metres in size, then the one person per 2 square metre rule will apply for 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, hand hygiene and frequent environmental cleaning and disinfection is maintained during an open house inspection.

Can I go to an auction?

Yes, auctions are permitted but the auctioneer and agents must ensure that they limit the number of attendees to no more than one person per 4 square metres of space available for staging the auction or one person per 2 square metres if the space is outdoors or is less than 200 square metres.

The event should be staged in such a way that physical distancing is observed and all participants can stay at least 1.5 metres apart if possible.

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

Questions about beauty and personal care services

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.

Questions about exercise and sport

Are swimming pools open?

Yes. Swimming pools are allowed to operate with a COVID Safe Plan.

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.

How many people can participate in an outdoor sporting activity?

For outdoor sporting activities, physical distancing off the field of play is required. Spectators need to remain 1.5 metres away from people who are not from their own household or group.

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.

Physical distancing rules apply, and records must be collected and kept of all people in attendance.

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.

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.

However, you’ll need to swap the high five celebrations for elbow bumps!

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.

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 the 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).

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 go to my gym/ health club/ fitness centre/ spin studio/ barre studio/yoga studio / indoor sport studio/ dance studio?

Yes. Gyms, yoga studios, health clubs, fitness centres, spin studios, barre studio, indoor sporting centres and dance studios can operate under a COVID Safe Plan.

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.

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.

How many parents can watch their children at sport?

Both indoor and outdoor sporting facilities are allowed spectators, as long as there is enough space between spectators from different households. Community sporting facilities will need to keep clear records to assist with contact tracing.

Questions about universities/ TAFE /technical classes

Should I attend my university/TAFE/technical classes in person?

Universities, TAFE and other educational institutions are open and need to observe physical distancing. This means that there should be no more than one person per 4 square metres in large lecture settings.

Smaller educational and teaching sessions are not subject to the one person per 4 square metres rule, but physical distancing must be observed whenever possible. Please refer to your place of learning for more information about classes.

Cafes and sporting based activities at universities must comply with the requirements outlined in this Direction.

Questions about weddings, funerals, religious, civil and non-denominational ceremonies

How many people can I have at a wedding?

A maximum of up to 100 people can attend wedding ceremonies that are conducted under a COVID Safe Plan regardless of the size of the venue. Social (or physical) distancing requirements still apply. Speak with the venue operators or your celebrant to determine the specific requirements of your wedding.

Wedding ceremonies performed at a person’s residence can have a maximum of 40 people attend, if there is no COVID Safe Plan in place.

If more cases are announced in Queensland, listed Local Government Areas may be introduced with more restrictions than the rest of Queensland, which may impact the number of people who can attend weddings in these areas. A record of names and contact details of each guest must be kept for 56 days to assist in contact tracing if required.

No exemptions will be granted for weddings.

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

Can people dance at weddings?

Yes, up to 40 people can dance at weddings at any one time. This means that if there are 40 people on the dance floor, one person would have to leave the dance floor before another person can join the dance floor.

Only 40 people will be allowed to dance at a wedding at any one time to decrease crowding on the dance floor. We said we would ease restrictions in phases and manage this sensibly, and that’s what we are doing. The decision to ease restrictions is based on a number of factors, including our ability to identify sources of transmission and contain and manage any outbreaks. We are continuously assessing these factors and will update Queenslanders when we are able to.

How many people can attend a funeral?

Funerals conducted in a professional venue may be attended by a maximum of 100 people irrespective of the size of the venue. These facilities must have an approved COVID Safe Plan.

Private ceremonies performed in public areas and spaces can have a maximum of 40 people attend including the service director.

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 56 days to assist in contact tracing if required.

If more cases are announced in Queensland, listed Local Government Areas may be introduced with more restrictions than the rest of Queensland.

How many people can attend a religious service (other than a wedding ceremony on funeral)?

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 metre rule, with a limit up to 50 people. There is no need to maintain distancing between people from the same household.

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, including public spaces and private residences if a COVID Safe Plan is in place. If a COVID Safe Plan is not in place, the number of people who can attend the wedding is in line with other gathering restrictions under the Movement and Gathering Direction (currently 40 people).

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 56 days to assist in contact tracing if required.

How many people can attend civil services, cultural ceremonies or non-denominational services?

There is no limit to the number of people who can attend a civil service, cultural ceremony or non-denominational service other than a wedding ceremony or funeral (for example naming ceremony) but venues must ensure that there is no more than one person per 4 square metres. If the venue is less than 200 square metres, the one person per 2 square metre rule applies, up to 50 people. If the venue is outdoors the one person per 2 square metres rule applies.

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

Only businesses can operate under a COVID Safe Event Checklist as listed under the Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction, 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 the maximum number of visitors allowed under the Movement and Gathering Direction. The maximum amount of people that can attend the event is 40.

If I get a caterer, operating under a COVID Safe Plan, to drop off food for an event - can I invite more people?

No. In order for the event to occur with larger numbers the caterer would need to do more than just deliver and set up the food for the function, they would need to be responsible for the management of the whole event. That means the caterer would need to take full responsibility and have control over the event, including (but not limited to) collecting all contact tracing information and ensuring physical distancing is practised. There will also need to be someone present from the business who is able to respond to any questions from an emergency public health officer if required.

Why can’t I host large events anymore?

These are difficult decisions, however these restrictions are in place for the protection of Queenslanders. Unstructured gatherings are a high risk for the spread of COVID-19, this has been seen again and again during the pandemic.

I own a private property that also operates as a commercial business, can I host an event with more people?

You can only host more people on your private property if you normally run events on your property and you operate under a relevant COVID Safe plan.

For example, if your private property is a vineyard and you normally operate a wedding business on this and comply with the Weddings Industry COVID Safe plan than you can continue to have more than the maximum number of people as outlined in the Movement and Gathering Direction. Alternatively, if your private property is a commercial farm business and event management is not part of your normal operations than you will have to comply with the allowable number of people as outlined in the Movement and Gathering Direction–you can have up to 40 people attend in total.

Questions about residential facilities and accommodation

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. Visitors can have more people visit them in line with the Movement and Gathering Direction.

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. There is no limit on the number of customers for accommodation providers.

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.

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.

A seasonal worker needs to quarantine at my accommodation facility. What are my obligations?

Your accommodation facility must be able to provide suitable arrangements for sleeping, eating and hygiene. The seasonal worker should not be sharing a bathroom, bedroom or cooking facilities with other workers or guests unless those people are also undertaking quarantine for the same period.

Where can I find additional information about health management plans and seasonal workers?

Please refer to the Seasonal Workers Health Management Plans Direction for more information. There is also industry specific information available on the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website.

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

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

Questions about the roadmap to easing restrictions

Why are the restrictions being eased now? Are you moving too fast?

Queenslanders have worked incredibly hard to once again keep our COVID-19 cases low and get on top of any localised clustered. Our state has a handful of active cases of COVID-19 and we are well equipped to manage the current situation and the situation going forward.

We said we would ease restrictions in phases and manage this sensibly, and that’s what we are doing. The decision to ease restrictions is based on a number of factors, including our ability to identify sources of transmission and contain and manage any outbreaks.

We are now in the fortunate position that we are able to move to the next stage of our COVID-Safe recovery.

The selected restrictions are being eased based on recommendations determined by the current health advice and Queensland’s Chief Health Officer.

How will this be enforced?

Queensland Police and other enforcement officers will enforce the lifting of 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.

Why is this list of restrictions being eased?

These restrictions are being eased due to the great work Queenslanders have been doing to date. The selected restrictions are being lifted based on recommendations determined by Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPCC) and Queensland’s Chief Health Officer.

Questions about COVID Safe Checklists

Where can I get a COVID Safe Checklist?

The COVID Safe Checklists are available for download at https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/government-actions/roadmap-to-easing-queenslands-restrictions

Questions about COVID Safe Plans

What is a COVID Safe Plan?

Find out more information about COVID Safe Plans on the Queensland Government COVID Safe Business website: https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/government-actions/covid-safe-businesses

What if I don’t belong to an industry body?

You don’t have to belong to an Industry body to adopt the COVID Safe Plan that most reflects your business. Plans will be available at no cost here: https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/government-actions/covid-safe-businesses

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