The information below has been supplied by the Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport.
Queensland Health is continuing to actively respond to the declared public health emergency in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19). On 17 March 2021, the Border Restrictions Direction was revoked. This means there are currently no COVID-19 hotspots in Australia, and you are free to enter Queensland from any Australian state or territory for any purpose. Border restrictions or operational protocols may be reinstated in the future if a COVID-19 hotspot is declared.
Further information regarding recently amended restrictions can be found below.
- Outdoor events with fewer than 500 people per day can occur without:
- a COVID Safe Event Checklist
- any occupant density requirements
- having to collect contact information.
- A business may allow one person per two square metres or up to 100% of seated venue capacity where patrons are ticketed and in allocated seating.
- Caravan and campgrounds are no longer a restricted business, activity or undertaking and can now operate without occupant density requirements or an Industry Plan. However, they must continue to collect contact information and increased cleaning of shared facilities is encouraged.
- Camping in national parks and forests is very popular, so visitors wanting to camp should book at spot at Queensland National Parks.
- Up to 500 people may gather in public outdoor spaces – previously 100 people.
- Up to 100 people may gather at private properties including residences – previously 50 people.
- Open air stadiums can have 100% seated capacity (with COVID Safe plans in place, and where patrons are ticked and in allocated seating).
- While there are no physical distancing requirements on vessels, passengers must be informed of this as they have the right to choose not to board the vessel.
- The coaches for shore excursions will need to adhere to this checklist if they wish to carry more than one passenger per four square metres.
Boats, Buses, and Trains over 50 passengers
- The protocol for maritime crew members joining or signing off a vessel in Queensland can be found here.
- Point-to-point private ferries will be required to operate under the same COVID safe requirements as public ferries provided the private ferry service is under three hour travel time. For clarity, these private ferries may operate as: • 100% of indoor seated capacity provided patrons are in ticketed and allocated seating • Passengers on day trips are to return to the same seat for the return journey • Mask wearing is encouraged • Recommended that only one person per two seats unless sitting in a household or social group.
- Round trip day vessels will be required to operate with: A capacity of one person per two square metres based on accessible indoor and outdoor space provided the outdoor space offers protection when inclement weather is expected (e.g. from the sun and rain). OR Up to 100% of indoor seated capacity provided passengers are in ticketed and allocated seating to allow for inclement weather, except the kiosk (e.g. food and beverage kiosk) where passengers must maintain 1.5m physical distancing from these areas. Operators must also manage the outdoor space to maintain one person per two square metres in these areas.
- Live-aboard marine vessels are able to operate for 1 person per 2m2 in sleeping areas, for up to 50 people.
- Up to 100% of seated capacity provided passengers are in ticketed and allocated seating. Operators must also manage the outdoor/shared spaced to allow for 1.5 metres physical distancing to the extent possible, this would include arrival/departure areas, group staging areas. Mask wearing is encouraged.
- Up to 100% of indoor seated capacity provided passengers are in ticketed and allocated seating, except the kiosk (e.g. food and beverage kiosk) where passengers must maintain 1.5 metres physical distancing in these areas. Operators must also manage the outdoor/shared spaces to allow for 1.5 metres physical distancing to the extent possible, this would include arrival/departure areas, group staging areas.
We encourage you to review the Check in Qld app recently released by the Queensland Government for use by Queensland Businesses to collect COVID-19 contact information for patrons and staff at your business.
Tourism and events businesses can continue to operate under COVID Safe Industry Plan for Queensland Tourism and Accommodation and further information about existing or revoked Public Health Directions is available on the Queensland Health website.
[Update on COVID Safe Planning – TTNQ Fortnightly Pulse article – 24 March 2021]