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Roadmap to easing Restrictions

Roadmap to easing restrictions

Our strong health response to COVID-19 means we’re well positioned for recovery.

On Friday 8 May 2020 the Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk released Queensland’s Roadmap to Easing COVID-19 restrictions. The roadmap outlines a staged approach to giving Queenslanders more freedom to travel, participate in more activities and hold more gatherings.

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The Roadmap provides sensible and gradual steps to a COVID recovery that will reconnect our communities and keeps our economy moving by supporting business, industry and Queensland jobs.

Explore the stages to learn more about how restrictions are easing. There is also important information about how business will keep COVID safe as restrictions are eased.

  • Family, friends and community

    • Gatherings in homes (household + max 5 visitors, allowed from separate households)
    • Gatherings of up to 10 people:
      • outdoor, non-contact activity
      • personal training
      • pools (indoor and outdoor)
      • public spaces and lagoons* (e.g. South Bank Parklands, Cairns, Airlie Beach etc)
      • parks, playground equipment, skate parks and outdoor gyms
      • libraries
      • weddings
      • hiking and other recreational activities in national and state parks
      • places of worship and religious ceremonies
    • Funerals (max 20 indoors or 30 outdoors)
    • Recreational travel (max 150kms within your region for day trips)

    Businesses and economy

    • Retail shopping
    • 10 people permitted at any one time for:
      • dining in (with COVID SAFE Checklist): restaurants, cafés, pubs, registered and licensed clubs, RSL clubs and hotels – no bars or gaming
      • open homes and auctions
      • beauty therapy and nail salons (with COVID SAFE Checklist)

    Outback‡

    • Dining in (with COVID SAFE Checklist): restaurants, cafés, pubs, registered and licensed clubs, RSL clubs and hotels (max 20 at any one time) for locals only (must show proof of residence) – no bars or gaming
    • Recreational travel including overnight accommodation max 500 kms within the outback only if you live in the outback.

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  • Update

    • Unlimited travel and overnight stays for all of Queensland# (including for school holidays)
    • Dining in or seated drinks in restaurants, cafés, pubs, registered or licensed clubs, RSL Clubs, hotels and casinos (no gaming) – up to 20 patrons per room or per defined area (indoors or outdoors) for a venue (when following a COVID SAFE Industry Plan^)

    Family, friends and community

    • Gatherings of up to 20 people:
      • homes
      • public spaces and lagoons*
        (e.g. South Bank Parklands, Cairns, Airlie Beach etc)
      • non-contact indoor and outdoor community sport*
      • personal training
      • gyms*, health clubs* and yoga studios*
      • pools* (indoor and outdoor) and community sports clubs*
      • museums*, art galleries* and historic sites*
      • weddings
      • parks, playground equipment, skate parks and outdoor gyms
      • libraries*
      • hiking, camping and other recreational activities in national and state parks
      • places of worship* and religious and civil ceremonies
    • Funerals (max 50)
    • Recreational travel, camping and accommodation, including caravan parks (anywhere in Queensland)

    Businesses and economy

    • Retail shopping
    • Tourism accommodation
    • 20 people permitted at any one time for:
      • indoor cinemas*
      • open homes* and auctions*
      • outdoor amusement parks*, tourism experiences*, zoos* and arcades*
      • concert venues*, theatres*, arenas*, auditoriums* and stadiums*
      • beauty therapy, nail salons, tanning, tattoo parlours and spas (with COVID SAFE Checklist).

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    • * More with COVID SAFE Plan approved by health authorities
    • ^ Max 20 with a COVID SAFE Checklist when not complying with the COVID SAFE Industry Plan
    • # Except Biosecurity Areas or Restricted Areas
  • Subject to further planning and review, interstate travel will be permitted and a maximum of 100 people* will be permitted for:

    • gatherings in public spaces and homes
    • restaurants, cafés, pubs, registered and licensed clubs, RSL clubs, food courts and hotels
    • indoor cinemas
    • places of worship and religious ceremonies
    • museums, art galleries and historic sites
    • pools and community sports clubs
    • community sport
    • gyms, health clubs and yoga studios
    • outdoor amusement parks, zoos and arcades
    • concert venues, theatres, arenas, auditoriums and stadiums
    • weddings
    • funerals
    • saunas and bathhouses
    • open homes and auctions
    • casinos, gaming and gambling venues
    • nightclubs
    • beauty therapy, tanning, nail salons and spas, tattoo parlours and non-therapeutic massage parlours
    • libraries
    • hiking, camping and other recreational activities in national and state parks.
    • * More with COVID SAFE Plan approved by health authorities

Continuing conditions

  • Social distancing and hygiene
  • Tracking, tracing, rapid response
  • COVID safe business plans in place
  • Work at home if it works for you and your employer

The public health rules to maintain

  • Physical distancing
  • 4 square metres per person when indoors
  • Hand hygiene
  • Respiratory hygiene
  • Frequent environmental cleaning and disinfection

COVID SAFE checks

  • Surveillance and epidemiological indicators suggest a move would NOT present an undue risk
  • Testing is widespread and adequately identifies community transmission
  • Point source outbreaks are effectively contained by public health actions.

Stage 2 Roadmap to Easing Restrictions

 

From midday on Monday 1 June 2020, Queensland is opening up for Queenslanders. Under further easing of restrictions Queenslanders can travel anywhere in Queensland for any purpose at any time except for restricted areas.

Stage 2 changes will also make it easier to catch up with family and friends, with a maximum 20 people able to gather in your home or in a public place, including yourself, members of your household or others. More businesses will also be open with more patrons allowed in venues.

Current Interstate border control measures will remain in place and reviewed for Stage 3 of the Roadmap, commencing on 10 July.

These new changes are only possible because Queenslanders have done a great job in flattening the curve and preventing the spread of COVID-19.

With more people participating in more activities, it’s important to keep social distancing, washing your hands and wherever possible remaining 1.5 metres away from non-household members.

While changes come into effect from 1 June, it may take businesses some time to get ready to open or adjust to the eased restrictions. We’re asking all Queenslanders to be patient and support our local businesses during this time.

What do these changes mean for Queensland’s businesses

For all businesses that are open or opening in Queensland, a voluntary general checklist is available to assist you in opening safely.

Voluntary Generic Checklist for Business

If you’re a business is in a high-risk industry, completion of a mandatory COVID Safe Checklist remains a minimum requirement for you to commence and continue providing services. High risk industries comprise of any business providing dining in services, beauty therapy services, nail salons, tattoo parlours, spas and tanning services.

In addition to businesses currently required to do so, places of worship and tourism experiences will be required to collect and keep records of people that attend their site to facilitate contact tracing.

Businesses and functions listed under Stage 2 of the Roadmap to Easing Restrictions may have a maximum of 20 patrons in your venue in total.

You may have more than 20 patrons in your venue if you are in compliance with an applicable COVID Safe Industry or COVID Safe Site Specific Plan that has been approved by Queensland Health.

You must still observe social distancing and you must still have no more than an average of 1 person per 4 square meters in your venue at all times.

For any dining-in service with an applicable COVID Safe Industry Plan that allows for more than 20 patrons, you must divide your venue into designated areas that will have no more than 20 patrons within them. In addition:

  • these patrons must be kept separated from other designated areas by a minimum of 1.5 metres at all times,
  • they must remain seated when in the designated area,
  • they must be provided table service by dedicated staff for that designated area and
  • they must stay only in one designated area for the duration of their visit to your venue.
  • Patrons may consume alcohol without food at a seated table. However bar services, including seated bar services, are not permitted.

Find out more about COVID Safe Businesses

Further information

For more information, you can:

Or call 134 COVID (134 268).

 

Last updated:
28 May 2020