Going out, travel, recreation and gathering in Queensland

Movement and Gathering Direction (No. 12)


There is no limit on gatherings in public outdoor spaces. Gatherings at a private residence are limited to a maximum of 100 people.

Advice on going out, travel, recreation and gathering in Queensland

Queenslanders can travel anywhere within the state, or outside of Queensland that is not a declared hotspot.

Protecting our most vulnerable

Special rules apply for aged care facilitiesdisability accommodation serviceshospitals and correctional facilities.


You must practise physical distancing as much as possible and:

  • wash your hands regularly with soap and water, and use alcohol-based sanitiser
  • avoid hugs, kisses and handshakes
  • wherever possible keep at least 1.5 metres away (two big steps) from people you don’t live with.

It is important to read this Direction in conjunction with the Restrictions on Business, Activities and Undertakings Direction.

For full details, read the Movement and Gathering Direction (No. 12).

Questions and answers about this Direction

Questions about gatherings

What is a gathering?

A gathering means a group of people coming together for a non-essential activity, like a party or a celebration.

How many people can gather in outdoor areas, like a park?

There is no limit on the number of people that can gather in outdoor public spaces. Remember to practise physical distancing as much as you can.

How many people can gather at a private residence?

Gatherings at a private residence are limited to a maximum of 100 people.

What are the restrictions for events such as weddings, funerals, religious or non-denominational services, etc.?

Restrictions for events such as an indoor wedding ceremony or reception, funeral, religious service, civil service, cultural ceremony, non-denominational service, etc. are outlined in the Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction.

When don’t the restrictions on gatherings apply?

The restrictions on gatherings do not apply in the following situations:

  • at a business, facility or service operating in accordance with, or not restricted under, the Restrictions on Businesses, Activities or Undertakings Direction
  • at an airport that is necessary for the normal business of the airport
  • on public transport and at public transport stations, stops and platforms
  • at a medical or health service facilities that is necessary for the normal business of the facilities
  • for emergency services and disaster management
  • at a residential aged care facility or a disability accommodation services that is necessary for the normal business of the facility or residence
  • at a prison, corrective services facility, detention centre or other place of custody
  • at a court or tribunal
  • for the purposes of an investigation or action by a law enforcement authority
  • for the purposes of complying with or giving effect to the exercise of power or function of a government agency or entity under a law
  • for the purposes of national security
  • at Parliament for the purpose of its normal operations
  • at a workplace that is necessary for the normal operation of those premises
  • at a school, university, educational institution or childcare facility that is necessary for the normal business of the facility
  • at an outdoor or indoor place where people transition through the place, for example Queen Street Mall or Central station
  • where the gathering is specified as exempt by the Chief Health Officer in writing.

Questions about travelling

Can I stay overnight? Where can I stay?

Yes, you can leave home to stay overnight anywhere within Queensland or anywhere that is not a declared hotspot, for as many nights as you like.

You can stay in any form of accommodation – such as hotels, serviced apartments, Airbnb, holiday rentals, caravan parks, hostels, B&B and camping grounds.

When will international travel be allowed?

This will be determined by the Federal Government as it manages the international border.

Why are these restrictions different to those in other states and territories?

The states and territories all have different considerations and are at different stages in their response to COVID-19. It was agreed at National Cabinet that the states and territories are responsible for implementing and rolling back restrictions for their own states and territories.

It is because Queenslanders have understood and cooperated with our restrictions and directives so well that we have been able to gradually ease restrictions within our state.

Is it safe to catch the bus or train?

Public transport is still safe to take. TransLink has a plan to safeguard passengers and staff. Check out Translink’s COVID-19 travel updates and healthy travel tips for more information. Practise physical distancing, stay 1.5 metres apart from others as much as possible, and wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs regularly.

Where it is not possible to maintain social distancing you may wish to wear a face mask.

Do I continue to work from home, or am I allowed to go back to work at the office?

You can return to your workplace, including office workers. Please talk to your employer about their return to work plan. Remember:

  • if you are sick, don’t go to work. If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, you should get tested immediately
  • physical distancing and hygiene rules remain in place in all circumstances including regular hand washing and wherever possible remaining 1.5 metres away from non-household members.

Questions around the roadmap to easing restrictions

What will happen if people don’t follow the rules and cases go up again?

Restrictions are being lifted because Queenslanders are doing a great job at listening to health advice and following the rules. However, there is the potential for our state to require tougher restrictions to be enforced if people don’t abide by the new restrictions.

How will this be enforced?

Queensland Police and 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.

What about people who are more at risk?

We strongly urge all people with a compromised immune system and people with chronic medical conditions to take extra precautions to reduce their risk, like strictly adhering to physical distancing and hygiene.

We also recommend they talk to their doctor about their individual situation.

Will there be more cases?

It is likely we will see more cases. We have very clear monitoring systems in place. Our healthcare system is prepared and has capacity to handle any new cases. We need to take special care of people who are vulnerable to COVID-19, so that they avoid catching the virus. For example, special measures on visiting in residential aged care facilities.

Other general questions and advice

Has physical distancing changed?

No. You should continue to practise physical distancing when you leave your home. This includes keeping 1.5 metres or two big steps away from each other and avoid hugs, kisses and handshakes.

Are there penalties if I don’t comply?

Yes. If you don’t comply you may be given an on-the-spot fine of $1,378 for individuals and $6,892 for corporations, a court-imposed penalty of up to $13,785 or 6 months' imprisonment.

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Questions and requests for exemptions

If you are seeking clarification on a Direction or have any questions, please call 134 COVID (13 42 68).

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