What you can and can't do

Information about current restrictions in Queensland

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 the images to find out more.

Queensland’s interstate border

  • Queensland has no current declared COVID-19 hotspots in other Australian states and territories.
  • The Queensland Border Declaration Pass system is not active. You do not need a border pass to enter Queensland.

Read more about Queensland border restrictions.


There are restrictions on gatherings for all of Queensland.

Face masks

In all areas of Queensland 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
  • when you are in a Queensland airport
  • during a domestic commercial flight
  • if you are arriving to Queensland from overseas or from a COVID-19 hotspot you must wear a face mask while travelling from the airport until you reach your allocated room in your quarantine accommodation
  • if you are a driver of a bus, coach service, taxi or rideshare transporting a person required to quarantine.
  • *Strenuous exercise is exercise in or above the aerobic zone including high-intensity interval training, cycling, running.

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.

Read more about face masks.

Protecting vulnerable Queenslanders

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).

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.