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Easing restrictions — coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Queensland Government Roadmap to Easing Restrictions outlines the staged approach to giving Queenslanders more freedom to travel, participate in more activities and hold more gatherings.

See the Chief Health Officer public health directions to find out more about the new guidelines and how to comply:

Social distancing

Social distancing (also called physical distancing) is one way to help slow the spread of viruses and can help protect the people in our community who are most at risk of getting really sick from COVID-19. This includes:

  • Stay home if you’re sick. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, get tested.
  • Keep 1.5 metres away from others as much as you can—think two big steps.
  • Avoid shaking hands, kissing or hugging others.
  • If you can, work from home.
  • outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people, unless it's with people who live in the same household.
  • Queenslanders can have 5 visitors into their residence who don’t always live there.

Why social distancing matters. Social distancing of 1.5 metres decreases the exposure of coronavirus (COVID-19). With no distancing 1 person infects 2.5 people every 5 days, leading to 406 people infected in 30 days. With 50% less exposure 1 person infects 1.25 people in 5 days leading to 15 people infected in 30 days. With 75% less exposure 1 person infects 0.625 people in 5 days, leading to 2.5 people infected in 30 days.

Learn more about how social distancing helps us to flatten the curve of COVID-19 infections.