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COVID Safe celebrations and holidays

Gatherings and events are a great way for people to look after their mental health and enjoy some time with friends and family. By joining in activities people can reconnect with loved ones, celebrate those important occasions or have some time to rejuvenate.

To help everyone have a good time and stay safe, here are some reminders for businesses, organisations and community groups wanting to celebrate holidays and other special events.

If you are travelling:

  • Remember to always check in when visiting a venue. Find out more about providing, collecting and storing contact information. Download and use the Check In Qld App (or the equivalent app in other states).
  • If you are flying, you must wear a face mask at all times at the airport and on the plane
  • If the space you are in is or becomes overcrowded, move elsewhere or choose to return at an off-peak time.
  • Make hygiene your number one priority when travelling. This is recommended regardless of whether you are staying in a hotel or in a camping ground. Always carry tissues and hand sanitiser.

Staying connected when physically apart

If you can’t be with your loved ones at special events, here are some tips:

  • Make your own gifts and cards – school craft stall style – and send these to your loved ones.
  • Organise a delivery of flowers or a special gift for those you can’t be with in person. Support local businesses by buying gifts or vouchers to give to your nearest and dearest.
  • Host a virtual dinner–line up friends and family to cook the same meal.
  • Make a home video to share with your family or friends on the day.

Anzac Day commemorations 2021

Anzac Day commemorations, including marches, parades, dawn services and other commemorative events can take place this year. To protect our community, all Anzac Day commemorations should be planned for and undertaken in a COVID Safe way.

Find out more about planning your Anzac Day event:

Find out more about 2021 Anzac Day commemorations—including where to find commemorations in your area.

Stay safe

Let’s spread happiness, not viruses. Here are some tips to reduce your chances of getting sick:

  • Stay home if you have any symptoms, no matter how mild, and get tested.
  • Regularly wash your hands with running water and soap for 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or use a tissue and make sure you throw it in the bin straight away and immediately wash or sanitise your hands.
  • Avoid touching your face as much as possible—this is how some viruses enter the body.
  • Avoid hugging, kissing or shaking hands with people where possible, especially vulnerable people or their carers, and try to keep two big steps away from others when you’re out and about.
  • Wear a mask if you are not able to socially distance when you are out and about.
  • Clean busy areas in your home often, particularly if someone isn’t feeling well.

See more practical tips for protecting yourself and others.

COVID Safe public events

Businesses, organisations and community groups that want to hold events and activities must ensure they comply with the requirements of the Chief Health Officer Public Health Directions and the COVID Safe Events Framework—this means operating under a COVID Safe Event Checklist, approved COVID Safe Event Plan or Approved Industry Plan.

Key principles for safe events

Wherever possible events and activities should be held outside and should adhere to the following key principles:

Physical distancing

  • Physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres must be maintained at all times unless people are from the same household.
  • Use floor markings and signs to identify 1.5 metre distance between people queuing.
  • Use spaced tables and chairs to separate household groups.
  • Use announcements or marshals to issue verbal reminders.
  • Where possible, set up separate entry and exit points to prevent people being forced close together.

Gatherings and occupant density

Contact information

Cleaning and hygiene

  • Ensure frequently touched areas and surfaces (for example tables, door handles and push plates) are cleaned at least hourly with detergent or disinfectant.
  • Ensure handwash facilities, including clean running water, liquid soap and paper towels, are available for all staff, volunteers and visitors at the event or activity. If handwashing facilities are not readily available, provide appropriate alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

Food and drink

  • Festive events that include the provision or sale of food and drink should set up separate areas for ordering/payment and collection with separate entry and exit points wherever possible.
  • Self-serve buffets, grazing/share plates are not permitted. This requirement extends to organisations providing festive meal services.
  • Self-serve drinks stations, other than public water bubblers, are not permitted.
  • Non-disposable crockery/cutlery/glassware is permitted only when cleared after each course and washed using a commercial grade dishwasher or glasswasher.

Festive displays

  • Festive displays such as shop window scenes, festive light displays and festive/religious displays must be managed so that visitors are required to maintain at least 1.5 metres physical distancing from other household groups.
  • Festive displays should not encourage physical interaction (for example touching) to limit cleaning requirements.
  • If snacks or treats are offered, ensure they are individually wrapped.

Fireworks and events or activities that encourage gatherings in public spaces

  • Organisers are responsible for taking measures to ensure people attending events or activities that encourage gatherings in public spaces adhere to physical distancing requirements. This may require the use of signage, announcements and marshalling to achieve compliance.

Gift donations

  • While there is no sustained community transmission of COVID-19 in Queensland the provision of gift donations (for example food, toys, gift vouchers) is supported.

What will happen to community events and activities if there is a COVID-19 outbreak in Queensland?

If there is an outbreak of COVID-19 in Queensland which includes sustained community transmission, further restrictions may be put in place which may limit gatherings or events and activities either statewide, or within identified communities.

Events or activities operating under approved Industry Plans, Event Checklists or Event Plans may be cancelled at short notice.

Further information

You can find COVID-19 health advice on the Queensland Government website, including the current status in Queensland and how to protect yourself and others.

If you are seeking clarification on a Public Health Direction or have any questions, please call 134 COVID (134 268).

Visit Unite against COVID-19 for information about the Queensland Government response, including current requirements for social distancing, border closures and business restrictions.

The Department of Health has a variety of COVID-19 Resources including fact sheets, videos, signage and posters with detailed information to guide businesses and organisations in helping reduce the spread of COVID-19.