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Restrictions for Impacted Areas – South East Queensland

Restrictions for Impacted Areas Direction (No. 10)

To protect the health of Queenslanders there have been some additional restrictions put in place for some parts of Queensland.

From 6am AEST Friday 23 July until 6am AEST Friday 30 July:

  • Anyone who has  been in a South East Queensland impacted area in the last 14 days must continue to wear a face mask
  • All other gathering and vulnerable facility restrictions for South East Queensland have been removed to be the same as for the rest of Queensland.

The impacted areas of South East Queensland include:

  • City of Brisbane
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council
  • City of Gold Coast
  • City of Ipswich
  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council
  • Logan City
  • Noosa Shire Council
  • Redland City
  • Scenic Rim Regional Council
  • Somerset Regional Council
  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Movement and gathering

Impacted areas

If you are currently in an impacted area you can leave your home for any purpose. However, you must continue to wear a face mask wherever you go to within Queensland. You can travel anywhere in Australia. Please note other states and territories may have restrictions in place that prevent you from travelling to them.

Face masks

If you have been in South East Queensland since 1am AEST 29 June 2021, you must carry a face mask with you at all times, unless 14 days have passed since you were last in the area. You must wear a face mask at all times when you are outside your home, unless:

  • you are alone in your car or with the members of your household
  • you are eating or drinking
  • you are at your usual workplace and can physically distance from others (except if you work in a hospitality venue or are a passenger transport operator)
  • you are alone outdoors or with members of your household
  • it is unsafe.

There are some other exceptions to wearing face masks, including for children under 12 and people with particular medical conditions or disabilities. If in doubt, wear a face mask.

Restrictions for Impacted Areas Direction (No. 10)

Restrictions for rest of Queensland

  • All indoor settings: one person per 2 square metres, or 100 per cent capacity with ticketed and allocated seating
  • Stadiums with a capacity of 20,000 people or more will be required to reduce capacity to 75 per cent. Spectators attending stadium events will need to wear a mask at all times, except for when eating or drinking.
  • Private gatherings indoors: limited to a maximum of 100 people
  • Indoor wedding ceremonies and funerals: 1 person per 2 square metres or 200 people or 100 per cent capacity with ticketed and allocated seating (whichever is greater).

For more information about restrictions for the rest of Queensland see Going out, travel, recreation and gathering in Queensland and Businesses, activities and undertakings.

Map of impacted Local Government Areas (LGAs) included in South East Queensland

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Questions and answers about this Direction

Questions about LGAs in Queensland

How do I know what Local Government Areas are locked down or impacted?

From 6am AEST Friday 23 July until 6am AEST Friday 30 July:

  • Anyone who has been in a South East Queensland impacted area in the last 14 days must continue to wear a face mask
  • All other gathering and vulnerable facility restrictions for South East Queensland have been removed to be the same as for the rest of Queensland.

The impacted areas of South East Queensland include:

  • City of Brisbane
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council
  • City of Gold Coast
  • City of Ipswich
  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council
  • Logan City
  • Noosa Shire Council
  • Redland City
  • Scenic Rim Regional Council
  • Somerset Regional Council
  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council

When will the restrictions be lifted for the impacted areas in Queensland?

If there is no further evidence of community transmission face mask restrictions are planned to be eased for the 11 local government areas in South East Queensland on 6am AEST 30 July 2021. For more information see the Roadmap to easing restrictions.

Questions about movement and gathering

Can I go visit a friend or relative in a residential aged care facility, a disability accommodation service or a hospital in an impacted area?

Yes. Visitors to residential aged care facilities, disability accommodation services and hospitals now allowed and you can a facility if you follow visitor requirements. If you are enter a facility in one of the 11 impacted LGAs in South East Queensland, you must wear a mask at all times.

Are there any restrictions for indoor or outdoor gatherings?

Read the latest information on gatherings in the Going out, travel, recreation and gathering in Queensland Direction.

Questions about restricted businesses, activities and undertakings

Are there any restrictions on businesses?

You can find up-to-date information on businesses in the Restrictions on Businesses, activities and undertakings Direction.

Questions about face masks

When do I have to wear a face mask? When do I have to carry a face mask?

If you have been in South East Queensland since 1am AEST 29 June 2021, you must carry a face mask with you at all times, unless 14 days have passed since you were last in the area. You must wear a face mask when you leave home in most indoor and outdoor spaces, unless you have a lawful reason not to.

For example, you must wear a mask in the following locations:

  • public transport (including waiting at the station or stop)
  • rideshare or taxi
  • shopping centres, supermarkets, retail outlets and markets
  • libraries
  • cinemas
  • churches and places of worship
  • entertainment facilities and sporting stadiums
  • recreational facilities and gyms
  • indoor workplaces when physical distancing is not possible
  • airports and on planes.

Children under 12 years and people affected by a medical condition or disability do not lawfully have to wear a face mask.

Certain workers do not have to wear a mask if the nature of their employment and Occupational Health and Safety guidelines means it is unsafe to wear a mask.

Do I have to wear a face mask if I am not in an impacted area?

You only have to wear a face mask if you have been in South East Queensland since 1am AEST 29 June 2021 and it is less than 14 days since you left the impacted area.

If you are in or have been in these areas, you must wear a face mask at all times in public indoor and outdoor spaces.

If you have not been in an impacted area, you are only required to wear a mask in some locations such as airports and on domestic flights.

We recommend everyone else in Queensland should keep a mask with them so that if you are in a situation where you may not be able to maintain physical distancing, you have some added protection.

Do children have to wear a mask?

No, children under 12 years lawfully do not have to wear 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? When can I remove my face mask?

#exceptions

Face masks do not have to be worn by:

  • infants and children under the age of 12
  • anyone in their homes or in temporary accommodation such as holiday accommodation
  • anyone in their workplace if they can maintain a 1.5 metre distance from others
  • anyone who is outside, including in an outdoor workplace, who can maintain a 1.5 metre distance from people who are not members of their household
  • anyone travelling alone in their car or only with members of their household
  • school students at education premises including vacation care
  • anyone engaged in strenuous physical exercise
  • a school student at an education premises or attending vacation care
  • anyone eating, drinking or taking medicine
  • people engaging in work that requires clear communication or visibility of your mouth, for example teaching and live broadcasting
  • 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, subject to any policies or requirements of a facility
  • 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 get food/medication/help?

You have to wear a face mask if you have been in South East Queensland since 1am AEST 29 June 2021 and it is less than 14 days since you left the impacted area.

You must wear a mask at all times in indoor and outdoor spaces unless an exception applies.

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 wear a mask while attending a funeral or wedding?

If you are in or have been in South East Queensland since 1am AEST 29 June 2021 and it is less than 14 days since you left the impacted area.

You must carry a face mask with you at all times. You must wear a face mask when you are in indoor and outdoor spaces.

These rules also apply for weddings and funerals. At weddings the couple getting married does not have to wear a mask while getting married. 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?

You are required to wear a mask when dancing indoors or outdoors and you cannot physically distance.

Do I have to wear a mask at a restaurant, café, bar, club or pub?

If you are in an impacted area, yes, you have to wear a mask when in hospitality venues like a restaurant, café or dining part of a club. You can only remove your mask to eat or drink.

Staff who interact with patrons need to wear a mask. Back of house staff of hospitality businesses who do not interact with patrons do not have to wear a mask if they can practice physical distancing.

Do I have to wear a mask when exercising?

If you are in an impacted area, you must wear a face mask when exercising indoors unless one of the exceptions from wearing a mask applies, for example you have a medical condition. You may also remove your mask if you are out of breath or puffing.

You do not have to wear a mask if you are doing strenuous aerobic exercise such as high-intensity interval training, cycling, running or team sport.

Do I have to wear a mask when I play a team sport or do an aerobic workout?

You do not have to wear a mask if you are doing strenuous aerobic exercise such as high-intensity interval training, cycling, running or team sport.

You may remove your mask when exercising indoors if it is making it difficult to breathe.

Do I need to carry a mask with me when I exercise outdoors?

If you are in or have been in an impacted area, you must wear a face mask at all times, including when you exercise outdoors.

You do not have to wear a mask if you are doing strenuous aerobic exercise such as high-intensity interval training, cycling, running or team sport. You do not have to wear a mask while swimming.

Do I have to wear a mask when I am in an indoor workplace?

If you are in or have been in an impacted area, you should wear a face mask when entering and exiting the workplace, and in areas where you cannot physically distance such as, kitchens, bathrooms, meeting rooms and other common areas, and when moving around common areas and in thoroughfares. You will have to wear a mask while in meetings or at your workstation if you are unable to stay a distance of 1.5 metres away from others. You must also wear a mask if you work with members of the public.

You can remove your mask when seated at your desk, where physical distancing can be maintained, or if you are in a room by yourself.

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.

Do I have to wear a mask in an outdoor workplace?

If you are in or have been in an impacted area, you should wear a face mask when entering and exiting your workplace, and in areas where you cannot physically distance from people who are not members of your household. For example, a window cleaner working alone does not need to wear a mask, however, a builder working on a busy construction site who cannot maintain physical distance from other trades people must wear a mask unless it’s unsafe to do so. You must also wear a mask if you work with members of the public.

You can remove your mask when seated at your desk, where physical distancing can be maintained, or if you are in a room by yourself.

Do I have to wear a mask while driving?

If you are in or have been in an impacted area, you must wear a face mask if you are the driver or passenger of a taxi, ride-share, limousine, shuttle service or any other commercial passenger or personalised transport vehicle.

If you are driving in your own car alone or with people from your household, you don’t need to wear a mask.

If you are driving with people you don’t live with, then you must wear a face mask. It is also recommended that you open the windows to improve ventilation.

The Mandatory Face Masks Direction outlines other particular settings where you must wear a face mask, including driving commercial vehicles in Queensland airports.

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

If you are in or have been in an impacted area, you must wear a face mask with you at all times in indoor and outdoor spaces.

Exceptions to mask wearing are provided for children under 12 and people with medical conditions or disabilities.

Shops and businesses have the right to refuse entry or ban any person from their premises. If there is a direction in place that mandates the wearing of a face mask and someone is not wearing one without a valid reason not to, the business has the right to refuse service.

Businesses should not refuse service to people who are not lawfully required to wear a mask.

Do I have to wear a face mask at outdoor seated venues such as stadiums and auditoriums?

Yes. Spectators attending stadium events will need to wear a mask at all times, except for when eating or drinking. This includes wearing a mask when you are entering or exiting a venue, leaving your seat to go to the bathroom or purchasing food or drinks.

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 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.

Can I remove my mask at the hairdresser or barber?

Yes. Face masks can be removed if the service cannot be provided while you are wearing a face mask. For example, masks can be removed for a beard trimming or shave.

They must be worn when it is possible to do so for example during most haircuts.

Do entertainers need to wear masks when performing?

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

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

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

Yes. If you are in or have been in a locked down or impacted area at any time since 1am AEST 29 June you must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home in all indoor and outdoor spaces.

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.

It is important to remember that if you are in a lockdown area, to stay at home as much as possible.

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.

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.

Where can I find out more information about face masks?

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

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 for Impacted Areas 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 $1,378 for individuals (or $206 for failing to wear a mask) and $6,892 for corporations, a court-imposed penalty of up to $13,785 or 6 months' imprisonment.

Are these rules mandatory?

Yes. A whole of government approach exists for this pandemic and Queensland Police Service is responsible for compliance.

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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