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Restrictions for all of Queensland

Restrictions for Queensland Direction (No. 2)

What’s changed from 12pm (midday) AEST 1 April 2021

  • There are no impacted areas in Queensland.
  • All of Queensland will be subject to the same (current) restrictions.

Overview

From 12pm midday AEST Thursday 1 April 2021 to 15 April 2021, the entire state of Queensland will be subject to the below restrictions.

Movement and gathering

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 can have a maximum of 30 people in your home or accommodation, including those who live with you. A maximum of 500 people may gather in public outdoor spaces.

Businesses

Retail food services, entertainment venues and high risk businesses must only open for seated eating and drinking (inside), standing to eat and drink as well as dancing (outside), takeaway and delivery. Remember to always check in when visiting a venue. Find out more about providing, collecting and storing contact information.

Funerals and weddings can continue to take place with the current restrictions (one person per 2 square metres, or 200 people, whichever is greater), but masks must be worn.

In addition to the increased restrictions, all businesses must continue to follow the rules outlined in the Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction.

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 Queensland Direction (No. 2).

Face masks

You must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home, unless you have a lawful reason not to. You must wear a mask in indoor spaces, such as:

  • shopping centres, supermarkets, retail outlets and indoor markets
  • hospitals and aged care facilities
  • hospitality venues such as restaurants and cafés (not required for patrons while seated; customer facing staff only)
  • churches and places of worship
  • libraries
  • indoor recreational facilities and gym (except if doing strenuous exercise)
  • indoor workplaces (where safe to wear a mask and you can’t physically distance)
  • public transport, taxis and rideshare, and waiting places or queues for this transport
  • airports and travelling on planes.

It is strongly recommended you wear a mask when outdoors if you are unable to stay more than 1.5m distance from other people, such as busy walkways and thoroughfares. More information on masks is available from the Queensland Health website.

Masks do not need to be worn in some circumstances, including children under 12 years, where people have certain medical conditions, and in workplaces where it is not safe to do so.

Protecting our most vulnerable

In all areas of Queensland (including Greater Brisbane), restrictions are in place for visitors to:

For full details read the Restrictions for Queensland Direction (No. 2).

Questions and Answers about restrictions for all of Queensland

Questions about face masks

When do I have to wear a face mask? / When can I remove my face mask? Do I have to wear a mask when exercising?

You must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home, unless you have a lawful reason not to. You must wear a mask in indoor spaces, such as:

  • shopping centres, supermarkets, retail outlets and indoor markets
  • hospitals and aged care facilities
  • hospitality venues such as restaurants and cafés (not required for patrons while seated; customer facing staff only)
  • churches and places of worship
  • libraries
  • indoor recreational facilities and gym (except if doing strenuous exercise)
  • indoor workplaces (where safe to wear a mask and you can’t physically distance)
  • public transport, taxis and rideshare, and waiting places or queues for this transport
  • airports and travelling on planes.

It is strongly recommended you wear a mask when outdoors if you are unable to stay more than 1.5m distance from other people, such as busy walkways and thoroughfares. More information on masks is available from the Queensland Health website.

Masks do not need to be worn in some circumstances, including children under 12 years, where people have certain medical conditions, and in workplaces where it is not safe to do so.

Are children exempt from wearing a mask?

Children under 12 years are exempt from wearing 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 go get food/medication/help?

Masks are mandatory from 5pm AEST 29 March 2021 and compliance measures will be in place.

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.

Do I have to provide a medical certificate to prove I can't wear a mask due to my medical condition?

You do not need a medical certificate to prove you have a lawful reason for not wearing a face mask.

If a service provider, school or employer asks for a medical certificate to confirm you have a lawful medical reason for not wearing a mask before entering their premises, this may amount to unlawful discrimination.

Whether it is lawful will depend on whether asking you to provide the medical certificate is reasonably necessary to protect the health and safety of other people, such as other customers or employees.

Find out more information about COVID-19 and human rights.

Do I have to wear a mask while driving?

No, you do not have to wear a mask while driving if you are travelling alone in a private vehicle or only with members of your household. A mask is required at all other times.

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

You must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home, unless you have a lawful reason not to.

It is strongly recommended you wear a mask when outdoors if you are unable to stay more than 1.5m distance from other people, such as busy walkways and thoroughfares. More information on masks is available from the Queensland Health website.

A person may remove their mask when sitting down to eat, undertaking strenuous exercise and employment purposes. There are some exceptions to face masks, including for children under 12 and people with particular medical conditions or disabilities.

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. You are strongly recommended to wear a mask when dancing at a wedding outdoors if you cannot physically distance.

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.

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.

Do entertainers need to wear masks when rehearsing or performing?

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

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

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 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 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

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

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.

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, face shield 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.

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

Yes. 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.

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.

Where can I find out more information about face masks?

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

Questions about movement and gathering

Can I leave my home?

You can leave your home for any purpose.  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.

Can I travel to or from Queensland?

#other-states

Leaving Queensland to go interstate

Check your destination's state government travel restrictions for the latest information.

Read more about travelling outside of Queensland.

Entering Queensland from any Australian state or territory

You can enter Queensland from any Australian state or territory.

Read more about entering Queensland.

Overseas travel

Can I have visitors in my home or accommodation?

You can have a maximum of 30 people in your home or accommodation, including those who live with you.

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 gather outdoors?

Yes. Gatherings in outdoor public spaces must be limited to a maximum of 500 people within one group.

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 public outdoor space (for example, 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?

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 when on public transport and while at the station or stop. You must also follow advice from TransLink about COVID-safe travel on public transport.

Questions about businesses, activities and undertakings

What are the restrictions on businesses, activities and undertakings?

Businesses in all areas of Queensland must follow additional restrictions outlined in the Restrictions for Queensland Direction. Retail food services, entertainment venues and high risk businesses must only open for seated eating and drinking (inside), standing to eat and drink as well as dancing (outside), takeaway and delivery.

As normal, businesses must also continue to follow the Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction. 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 Queensland Direction.

How many people can I have at a wedding ceremony?

Up to 200 people or one person per 2 square metres (whichever is greater) can attend a wedding ceremony that is conducted under a COVID Safe Plan. Physical distancing requirements still apply. Speak with the venue operators or your celebrant to determine the specific requirements of your wedding.

Wedding ceremonies performed in a private residence or public place will be limited to a maximum of 30 people, if there is no COVID Safe Plan, Checklist or Event Checklist in place.

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

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 most of the 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 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.

Why can’t I stand to eat or drink indoors?

Retail food services, entertainment venues and high risk businesses in all areas of Queensland must only open for seated eating and drinking indoors. Standing eating and drinking is only allowed outdoors.

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 when indoors. 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 sitting down to eat or drink.

Is dancing allowed?

Dance floors are allowed outdoors. There can only be one dancer per 2 square metres in the dance area. People should also be mindful of physical distancing, even while dancing.

Businesses should encourage distributing people across the dance area through the use of signs and fixtures such as tables to encourage groups of people to space themselves out across the venue.

Mosh pits that exceed one person per 2 square metres are not allowed.

Only permitted businesses can allow dancing indoors.  This includes at a wedding, dance studio or dance class.

Questions about protecting vulnerable Queenslanders

What are the restrictions on facilities that protect vulnerable Queenslanders?

In all areas of Queensland, restrictions are in place for visitors to:

See the Queensland COVID-19 Restricted Areas Direction.

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 on Queensland 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.

The penalty for not wearing a mask is $200.

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.

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