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Restrictions for Impacted Areas – South East Queensland

Restrictions for Impacted Areas (No. 16) (SEQ eased restrictions Stage 3) Direction

What’s changed from 24 September 2021

The 11 Local Government Areas in South East Queensland will continue following stage 3 restrictions.

From 24 September 2021, mask requirements are changing to the following restrictions:

  • Masks must be worn at all times in indoor places when standing and outdoors when you cannot maintain social distancing of 1.5m from others.
  • You can remove a mask while seated including at work, school and indoor venues.
  • Masks must be worn on public transport and if you are in a taxi, rideshare or shuttle service.
  • You must wear a mask in South East Queensland and Townsville sports stadiums unless sitting in your allocated seat.

Current restrictions for the South East Queensland Local Government Areas include:

  • Up to 100 people in your home, including people who live there.
  • Up to 200 people at an indoor wedding ceremony or funeral service or 1 person per 2 square metres or 100 per cent capacity with ticketed and allocated seating (whichever is greater). Indoor wedding ceremonies must have a COVID Safe Checklist in place and collect contact details via the Check in Qld app. Outdoor ceremonies have no restrictions and do not have to collect contact details.
  • There are no density restrictions for venues that operate only outdoors. All indoor settings can have up to one person per 2 square metres or 100 per cent capacity with seated, ticket allocations including stadiums.

Overview

Increased face mask restrictions continue to apply to the 11 Local Government Areas in South East Queensland. These Local Government Areas are declared impacted areas and 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

The restrictions on movement and gathering for impacted areas are the same as the rest of Queensland.

Face masks

Masks must also be worn when at South East Queensland and Townsville sports stadiums , unless you are sitting in a seat or you have a permitted reason not to.

Masks must also be worn at an airport, and on a domestic or international flight departing or arriving in Queensland.

Outdoors

You must wear a face mask outdoors when you are unable to stay 1.5 metres away from people who are not from your household. You must also wear a face mask at public transport waiting areas or taxi ranks and in outdoor workplaces unless:

  • you are seated
  • you are alone or with the members of your household
  • you are alone in your car or with the members of your household
  • you are eating or drinking
  • you are participating in strenuous exercise
  • it is unsafe to wear a mask.

Indoors

You must wear a face mask at all times when you are indoors, including workplaces unless:

  • you are seated
  • you can stay 1.5 metres away from others (only in your workplace)
  • you are at your residence and there is no one else there except people you live with
  • you are eating or drinking
  • it is unsafe to wear a mask.

Schools and childcare: Masks must be worn by teachers and staff, plus all students in high school regardless of their age, unless you are seated or can maintain 1.5 physical distancing with others when outdoors.

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

Funerals and weddings

Funeral services can have up to 200 people or one person per 2 square metres, or 100 per cent capacity with ticketed and allocated seating (whichever is greater) including the person conducting the service.

Wedding ceremonies can have up to 200 people or one person per 2 square metres or 100 per cent capacity with ticketed and allocated seating (whichever is greater) including the celebrant and two witnesses. All wedding guests can dance (indoors and outdoors), subject to the one person per 2 square metres rule.

Businesses and events

Learn about restrictions on businesses and venues in impacted areas. These are the same as the rest of Queensland

Hospitals, aged care and disability services

Learn about restrictions on visitors to hospitals, aged care and disability services.

More information

For more information about restrictions for Queensland see Movement and Gathering Direction and Restrictions on businesses, activities and undertakings Direction.

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

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

Restrictions to the 11 Local Government Areas in South East Queensland will continue to have mask wearing requirements.

Questions about movement and gathering

Learn about restrictions on movement and gathering for impacted areas.

What sport and activities can I play?

#community-sport

Learn more about restrictions in place for community sports and activities.

Questions about restricted businesses, activities and undertakings

What businesses are currently operating?

Learn more about restrictions on businesses and activities.

Questions about face masks in an impacted area

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

#when-to-wear-mask-impacted-areas

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 some indoor and outdoor spaces, unless you have a lawful reason not to.

An indoor space includes a workplace, a classroom, childcare room, shared indoor area at a school or childcare centre and venues such as restaurants, cafés, pubs and licensed clubs.

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

  • public transport (including waiting at the station or stop)
  • rideshare or taxi.

You must wear a mask in the following indoor locations unless seated:

  • shopping centres, supermarkets, retail outlets and markets
  • libraries
  • cinemas
  • churches and places of worship
  • entertainment facilities and sporting stadiums
  • recreational facilities and gyms, unless vigorously exercising
  • primary schools and childcare for all visitors
  • primary schools and childcare for all staff
  • high schools for all students, staff and visitors
  • indoor workplaces (please note that transport operators, school and childcare staff and hospitality workers must wear masks at all times indoors when they are interacting with students or customers)
  • South East Queensland and Townsville sports stadiums (you must wear a mask if you are standing and moving around or standing to watch a game. Unless you are eating).

You do not need to wear a mask outdoors if you can remain 1.5 metres away from others that are not members of your household.

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 or someone from your household 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 unless seated or unless you can maintain a 1.5 metres away from others in outdoor spaces. You must also follow any other mask wearing rules that apply to impacted areas as if you were in the impacted areas.

If you have not been in an impacted area, you are only required to wear a mask in some locations such as airports or 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 I need to wear a mask at a sports stadium? Why do sports stadiums have different rules?

#masks-at-sports-stadiums

Face mask requirements are changing for sports stadiums in South East Queensland and Townsville as these venues have significant capacity limits. You must wear a mask in South East Queensland and Townsville sports stadiums unless sitting in your seat.

You must wear a mask in a sports stadium in South East Queensland or Townsville if you are standing to move around or standing to watch a game. You may remove your mask if you are eating or drinking while standing.

All sports stadiums outside of South East Queensland or Townsville (e.g. the rest of Queensland) do not need to wear a mask while in sports stadiums.

What venues are classed as sports stadiums?

#what-is-a-sports-stadium

A sports stadium is a sporting facility that has an arena, tiers or seats for spectators whether it is enclosed (indoors), partially enclosed or outdoors. There is no size limit on what is classed as a sports stadium.

Do I need to wear a mask on public transport or when using a rideshare?

#masks-on-public-transport-rideshare

Yes, you must wear a mask while using public transport and rideshare services (such as Uber) in Queensland this includes when you are sitting or standing.

Do children have to wear a mask?

No, children under 12 years do not have to wear a mask. High school students do not need to wear a mask when they are seated or can maintain 1.5 metres physical distancing when outdoors.

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 working in an indoor space when 1.5 metres can be kept between people, such as in a big office or separate cubicles
  • 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
  • any high school students, and teachers or staff in schools, childcare centres when they are seated
  • primary school students at education premises including vacation care
  • anyone engaged in strenuous physical exercise
  • anyone eating, drinking or taking medicine
  • people engaging in work that requires clear communication or visibility of your mouth, for example 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 or a mental health condition
  • 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 or someone in your household 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 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?

Yes, If you or someone in your household 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 and can’t physically distance from others.

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 moving about in hospitality venues like a restaurant, café or dining part of a club. You can only remove your mask when seated.

Staff must wear a mask at all times when interacting with patrons.

Do I have to wear a mask when exercising?

If you are in an impacted area, you must wear a face mask when exercising unless one of the exceptions from wearing a mask applies, for example you are alone, only with household members or 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 or running.

Do I have to wear a mask when I 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, or running.

You may remove your mask when exercising 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 carry a face mask with you at all times, including when you exercise outdoors. You must wear the mask when you cannot physically distance, unless you are with members of your own household.

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

Do I have to wear a mask while walking outdoors with a friend who is not a member of my household?

Yes, you have to wear a mask outside while walking with a person who is not a member of your household, unless you can maintain physical distancing from the person.

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

If you are seated at an indoor workplace, you may remove your face mask. If you leave your desk to move to another area, you must wear a face mask.

An indoor space that is a workplace includes a classroom, childcare room and shared indoor area at a school or childcare centre

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. A teacher on outdoor playground duty may carry a mask and only wear it if they are unable to maintain 1.5 metres distance from other people, for example when assisting an injured student.

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 carry a face mask with you at all times in indoor and outdoor spaces and wear your mask indoors unless seated.

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 sports stadiums and auditoriums?

#outdoorseatedstadiums

If you are in or have been in an impacted area, yes, you must carry a mask at all times when you leave home.

Spectators attending sports stadium events in South East Queensland and Townsville must wear a mask at all times when entering, exiting, standing or moving about.

You may not remove your mask except for when you are seated, or if you have a permitted reason not to.

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?

Teachers (primary and high school) and childcare workers are required to wear masks while standing or moving about indoors, but may remove their mask when seated. A face shield could be used if visibility of the mouth is essential for teaching. Masks can be removed when outdoors if 1.5 metres distance can be maintained from others

Do students in high school need to wear a mask?

Yes. If you are in or have been in an impacted area, you should wear a face mask unless seated indoors or unless you’re able to maintain physical distancing while outdoors when in an indoor high school setting. This includes high school students who are under 12 years.

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 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 and wear it when you leave home in some indoor and outdoor spaces. unless you are seated. If 14 days have passed since you have last been in a locked down area, you no longer need to wear a mask.

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.

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. Both counsellor and client should wear a face 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 a requirement under the Restrictions for Impacted Areas (No. 15) (SEQ eased restrictions Stage 3) 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 and $6,892 for corporations, a court-imposed penalty of up to $13,785 or 6 months' imprisonment. If you refuse a police direction to wear a face mask, you could be given an on-the-spot fine of $206.

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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