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Going out, travel, recreation and gathering in Queensland

Movement and Gathering Direction (No. 6)

What's changed from 4pm AEST on 17 November 2020

This Direction has been updated to:

  • increase gatherings in homes and public spaces from 40 to 50 people
  • allow individuals to be fined if more people stay overnight in short term accommodation than stated on the booking.

Overview

Due to Queenslanders’ great work in keeping up physical distancing, practising good hygiene and sticking to the State’s restrictions, we can now have 50 people gather in people’s homes, non-residences and outdoor settings. This number includes those who live with you.

If new cases in Queensland are identified, extra restrictions will be put in place for movement and gatherings in restricted Local Government Areas. Currently, there are no Restricted Local Government Areas, so the following does not apply.

If a restricted Local Government Area is announced, restrictions in those areas will mean you:

  • can have a maximum of 10 people in your home, including the members of your household that live there. The visitors can be from different households
  • can have a public gathering with a maximum of 10 people including yourself and members of your household
  • can’t have any visitors if you have 10 or more people living in your household.

It is important to read this Direction in conjunction with the Restrictions on Business, Activities and Undertakings Direction (No.9).

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

Together Queenslanders have slowed the spread of COVID-19 by following advice and using common sense to safeguard ourselves and our communities. As a result, the Queensland Government will continue to ease restrictions on getting together, outings and recreational activities within Queensland.

Queenslanders can travel anywhere in Queensland for any reason. There is no limit on distance. You can stay overnight anywhere in Queensland for as many nights as you like.

Please refer to the Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction (No. 9) for how the businesses, activities and undertakings should operate.

Protecting our most vulnerable

Special visitor rules apply for aged care facilities, hospitals and disability accommodation providers.

Remember

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.

For full details, read the Movement and Gathering Direction (No. 6).

Questions and Answers about this Direction

Questions about gatherings

Who is a member of my household?

Members of your household are the people who ordinarily reside in your home.

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 accept in a day. But 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.

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

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

Yes. You may have a worker or volunteer come to your house, such as a tradesperson, to help you or complete repairs on your home. Volunteers and workers are not counted as visitors. Practise social distancing and good hygiene as much as you can.

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.

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

Gatherings in public spaces must be limited to a maximum of 50 people within one group. Individuals are not permitted to organise mass gatherings in a public space. If more cases are announced in Queensland, restricted Local Government Areas may be introduced with more restrictions than the rest of Queensland.

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?

What is a gathering?

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

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.

Can I meet with a group of people outside of my home or organise a gathering in the park or another public space (other than my home)?

Yes, you can organise a gathering of up to 50 people outside of your home. If more cases are announced in Queensland, restricted Local Government Areas may be introduced with more restrictions than the rest of Queensland.

Remember to practise physical distancing as much as you can.

What if I want to celebrate events such as birthdays?

You can organise a gathering or party at your residence or in a public space (e.g. a park) with 50 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.

How many people can gather at schoolies?

#schoolies

Gatherings in residences, including holiday units, and public spaces at schoolies will need to follow the same gathering restrictions as the rest of the state. Gatherings in public spaces and in residences are currently limited to a maximum of 50 people within one group.

If more cases are announced in Queensland, restricted Local Government Areas may be introduced with more restrictions than the rest of Queensland. This is to minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19 in those areas.

You 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.

Can businesses continue to service more people?

All businesses can continue to operate in line with the COVID Safe Framework. See the Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction for more information.

Why can businesses have more people than I can have at a private gathering?

Businesses have to comply with the COVID Safe Framework which sets out what requirements businesses under the Direction must comply with, to limit the possible spread of COVID-19. The same level of safeguards cannot be mandated in a private setting.

How many people can I have at a wedding ceremony?

Wedding ceremonies can have a maximum of 200 people regardless of the size of the venue, including public spaces and private residences if a COVID Safe Plan is in place for the event.

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 50 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 I have at a funeral?

Funerals conducted in a professional venue may be attended by a maximum of 200 people irrespective of the size of the venue.

Private ceremonies performed in private residences or public areas and spaces can have a maximum of 50 people attend including the service director. Up to 200 people may attend if there is a COVID Safe Industry Plan, Checklist or Event Checklist in place.

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.

How many people can attend a religious service?

Places of worship can have one person per 2 square metres.

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

Civil services, cultural ceremonies or non-denominational services (for example naming ceremony) can have one person per 2 square metres.

Can people from the same household go outside with people from another house (to the park, etc.)?

Yes. Gatherings in public spaces must be limited to a maximum of 50 people within one group. You are not permitted to organise mass gatherings in a public space.

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

Use common sense about keeping a safe distance away from others or choose another park where there are less people.

Also, remember, practise physical distancing whenever possible by keeping two big steps away from each other, wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use alcohol-based sanitiser and stay home if you are sick.

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 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. That is a maximum of 50 people at any one time in your home. If more cases are announced in Queensland, restricted Local Government Areas may be introduced with more restrictions than the rest of Queensland.

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 weddings at the venue - then you can have the number of people allowed under the Weddings Industry COVID Safe plan. 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–a maximum of 50 people at any one time. If more cases are announced in Queensland, restricted Local Government Areas may be introduced with more restrictions than the rest of Queensland.

Questions about travelling

Where can I travel in Queensland?

You can travel anywhere in Queensland. There is no limit on distance.

We’re asking Queenslanders to continue to practise physical distancing, good hygiene and stay at home if they are sick.

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 or B&Bs. You can also stay overnight at a friend’s house, in line with household and visitor limits. If you are travelling interstate, read the Border Restrictions Direction for more information on the steps you have to take when entering Queensland.

How many people can stay overnight in booked accommodation?

You can only have the number of people as stated on the booking, stay overnight in the accommodation. For example, if a three bedroom apartment has been booked for six people, you cannot have seven or more people stay overnight. This includes schoolies.

Individuals who don’t comply can be given an on-the-spot fine of $1,334, a court-imposed penalty of up to $13,345 or 6 months’ imprisonment.

Can I go camping?

Yes, Queenslanders can get back to camping. The Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction outlines restrictions currently in place for camping grounds so they can ensure they are protecting campers.

Do I need a valid reason to leave my home?

No. You can leave your home for whatever reason you wish. We’re asking Queenslanders to continue to practise physical distancing, good hygiene and stay at home if they are sick.

Can I travel across the Queensland border?

The Queensland border is still subject to restrictions. If you travel across the border, your re-entry into Queensland may be subject to restriction. For more information, see the Border Restrictions Direction.

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.

I have a terminally ill relative in the hospital, can I visit them?

Yes. You can visit a terminally ill relative in the hospital. Anyone visiting a hospital needs to follow the Hospital Visitors Direction.

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.

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

Universities, TAFE and other educational institutions are open for face to face learning and need to observe physical distancing. There should be no more than one person per 2 square metres in large lecture settings.

Smaller educational and teaching sessions are not subject to the one person per 2 square metres rule, but physical distancing must be observed whenever possible. Please refer to your place of learning for more information about classes.

Is it safe to catch the bus or train?

Public transport is still safe to take and 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.

Questions about visitors

Do children count in the limits on number of people?

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

How many visitors can I have at my house at any one time?

You can have a maximum of 50 people in your home including the members of your household. If more cases are announced in Queensland, restricted Local Government Areas may be introduced with more restrictions than the rest of Queensland.

Visitors do not include:

  • people who live with you
  • workers or volunteers providing goods or services, such as disability services or tradesperson doing repairs.

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.

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

Yes. You may have a worker or volunteer come to your house, such as a tradesperson, to help you or complete repairs on your home. Volunteers and workers are not counted as visitors. Practise social distancing and good hygiene as much as you can.

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 move house?

Yes. You are permitted to move homes and engage professionals to assist you. However, during the move physical distancing is to be practised as much as possible.

Questions about recreation

What if I go to a beach or the park, and someone sits too close to me?

We’re urging all Queenslanders to maintain a physical distancing of 1.5 metres, think two big steps away from another person, wherever possible. Please use common sense.

Can my children participate in after school sports?

Yes, community sports are on again. See the Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction for more information.

Further information regarding the Return to Play for Sport, recreation and fitness activities can be found here.

Can I go to a community facility, such as a community centre, youth centre or PCYCs?

Community facilities are open and able to provide community services. They must ensure physical distancing is observed and hygiene is maintained.

For community centres and clubs that offer multiple activities such as sports and dining, refer to the Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction.

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.

If a business isn’t adhering to the rules, what do I do?

If you think a business has broken any rules, you can report them to PoliceLink on 131 444 or to their relevant industry regulator.

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 guidelines and avoiding situations where they may come into contact with a lot of people. We also recommend they talk to their doctor about their individual situation.

What about First Nations communities?

From midday 10 July 2020 entry and quarantine restrictions no longer apply for First Nations communities.

Residents of remote communities and those visiting them must follow all existing Chief Health Officer Directions.

What modelling exists?

The Commonwealth has released modelling about what the progression of the virus may look like in Australia. That modelling was considered when this plan was developed.

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.

Will the original restrictions be put back in place again? Why/Why not? When?

While we’re easing some restrictions, it’s essential Queenslanders continue to do the right thing and abide by the restrictions that are in place. The last thing we want is to see the number of cases in Queensland grow. We’re working towards getting Queenslanders back to normal living.

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 $1,334 for individuals and $6,670 for corporations, a court-imposed penalty of up to $13,345 or 6 months' imprisonment.

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