What you can and can't do

Queensland is continuing to respond to the COVID-19 emergency. To keep safe, it is important to know what you can and can’t do.

General restrictions

The following are some of the restrictions in place. Click on an image to find out more.

Queensland’s interstate border

Read more about Queensland border restrictions.


  • 100 people can gather at a private residence.
  • There is no limit to the number of people that can gather in outdoor public spaces.

Read more about gatherings.

Face masks

  • You must wear a face mask in the following settings:
    • Queensland airports
    • domestic flights in Queensland
    • vehicles transporting people to and from quarantine hotels
  • $200 on the spot fines apply.

Read more about face masks.

Protecting vulnerable Queenslanders

To help protect people in hospitals, aged care facilities, disability accommodation services and correctional facilities, additional restrictions are in place.

You should not visit if you are:

  • unwell
  • have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or asked to quarantine
  • have returned from overseas in the last 14 days (excluding safe travel zone countries)
  • have had contact with a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • have visited a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days or since the hotspot was declared (whichever is shorter)
  • have been tested for COVID-19 and are waiting to receive the results (except for tests due to surveillance testing obligations)
  • have COVID-19 symptoms of fever (37.5 degrees or more), cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of smell or taste, runny nose, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting or fatigue.

COVID Safe Framework

  • The COVID Safe Framework sets the requirements businesses under the Direction must follow. Depending on the type of business or event, these requirements will be different.
  • A range of businesses are required to collect contact information from staff and patrons for the purpose of contact tracing.
  • The one person per 2 square metre rule (except for seated and ticketed performances at seated entertainment spaces within selected venues).
  • Outdoor venues do not need to follow the one person per 2 square metre rule.

Read more about COVID Safe businesses, activities and undertakings.

International arrivals

If you travelled on a quarantine free flight from a safe travel zone country to Australia, you can enter Queensland without needing to quarantine.

If you didn’t arrive on a quarantine free flight from a safe travel zone county and have been overseas in the 14 days before entering Queensland, you must quarantine for 14 days.

Read more about International arrivals.

High risk workers

There are specific restrictions for international air crew and quarantine facility workers.

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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 face mask is $200.