The COVIDSafe app uses Bluetooth to collect information of people you come into close contact with who are also using the app. This helps health officials to quickly notify close contacts of people diagnosed with COVID-19 if the person agrees to share their information.
For detailed questions and answers about this app, see the COVIDSafe app FAQs.
Stage 3 eased business restrictions for coronavirus (COVID-19) in Queensland
Stage 3 of the plan to ease coronavirus (COVID-19) business restrictions ensures businesses can reopen and operate in a way that increases business activity but does not compromise the health of customers, staff and the community.
Stage 3 eased restrictions came into effect at 12 noon on Friday 3 July 2020.
Read the Chief Health Officer’s businesses, activities and undertakings directive for more details on business restrictions.
For more information, read the explanation of the businesses, activities and undertakings direction.
If your business has not been required to close, you can continue to operate as planned.
Stage 3 business restrictions
From 12 noon, 3 July 2020, restrictions are further eased for businesses in Queensland.
All business types can now reopen.
In general, the maximum number of customers your business or venue can have at one time is determined by the 4 square metre rule (1 person per 4 square metres). There is no specific customer cap for businesses (unless specifically noted).
For businesses with an area less than 200 square metres, you can operate with 1 person per 2 square metres, up to a maximum of 50 people. You must keep a register of customers who visit your business, and store their information securely for at least 56 days.
For both rules, you should only include areas of your business that are open to or used by the public (for example, for a cafe or restaurant, you can count the dining area, but not the kitchen).
You no longer have to create defined spaces or areas for customers on your business premises.
The following businesses and areas can reopen only if you have a COVID Safe Plan:
- casinos, gaming and gambling venues (including electronic gaming machines)
- non-therapeutic massage
- saunas and bathhouses (including floatation tanks)
- food courts.
Office-based workers can return to the workplace, providing you can meet the 4 square metre rule.
Concert venues, theatres and auditoriums can open with up to 50% capacity or 1 person per 4 square metres (whichever is greater).
Weddings and funerals can have up to 100 people attending. You must keep contact details of all attendees for at least 56 days.
Sports, recreation and fitness organisations can now (when following a COVID Safe industry plan):
- resume activities including competitions and physical contact sports
- for indoor venues, have 1 person per 4 square metres (with contact details of all attendees kept for at least 56 days)
- for outdoor venues, have spectators with physical distancing in place (1.5 metres per family group).
COVID Safe checklists and COVID Safe industry plans continue to apply. You can make adjustments to your existing plan to reflect stage 3 changes.
Queensland restrictions ease slightly this weekend
May 1, 2020
The Home Confinement Direction has been updated to reflect an easing of restrictions coming into effect from Saturday, 2 May.
In addition to leaving home for essential purposes, people in Queensland may leave home for recreational activity such as having a picnic, going for a drive, taking a boat out or shopping for non-essential items. This recreational activity must be within 50km of their home, undertaken with members of their household, or one other person, and all people must continue to practice social distancing.
It is important to note that recreation does not include staying overnight – the easing of restrictions refers to day trips only.
In relation to commercial business operations, Queensland Health has provided Tourism and Events Queensland and tourism operators further clarity on permitted operations from this Saturday, 2 May:
- Recreational hire items such as stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, boats, scooters and surfboards are not listed as non-essential businesses and are able to operate while adhering to social distancing and good hygiene practices. Clients must remain within a 50km radius of their principal place of residence and can only be accompanied by members of their household, or one other person.
- Lessons (along the lines of personal training – instructor plus one) on recreational craft such as paddle boards, kayaks or surfboards are permitted while adhering to social distancing and good hygiene practices. Clients must remain within a 50km radius of their principal place of residence.
- Social sporting-based activities such as sailing trips, diving trips or fishing charters are limited to two people, with social distancing observed and while remaining within 50km of your principal place of residence. Long distance, off-shore or overnight trips are not considered appropriate recreation activities.
- Previously closed retail stores may re-open, as there is no public health direction restricting these businesses and the Home Confinement Direction changes now allow Queenslanders to leave home to visit these retailers. See FAQs for more scenarios.
In addition, the Non-Essential Business Direction has been updated to provide even further clarity on who can stay in accommodation. These restrictions remain in place above and beyond the upcoming changes to the Home Confinement Direction.
From 12:01am, Saturday 2 May, some areas of National Parks will reopen for day use only. This includes the reopening of summit tracks at Mount Coolum, the Glasshouse Mountains and Mt Bartle Frere. All camping areas and camp sites in Queensland’s national parks, forests and recreation areas are closed. Full park closures apply to Mt Barney, Moogerah Peaks, Hinchinbrook Island National Park, Moreton Island (Moorgumpin), North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) and Fraser Island (K’Gari).
The latest update from Queensland Health as of 26/4/20 indicates that as of this Saturday, 2nd May, people can travel within a 50km radius of their residence, for recreation. Picnic tables, places with handrails such as look out areas are all still out of bounds but that doesn’t stop you from bringing your own chairs, blankets and picnic gear to visit one of our beautiful parks.
There are lots of beautiful areas on the mountain that you can set up your own picnic. For more information please go to www.visittamborinemountain.com.au web site there is a lot of information on that site regarding places to visit. Social distancing needs to still be adhered to but we are excited to have the chance to venture 50ks away from our homes.
At present the following are closed due to high risk: Closed due to high risk:
- All barbecues in Tamborine National Park
- Cedar Creek day-use area and car park
- Cedar Creek Falls lookout and walking tracks
- Cedar Creek rock pools
The Knoll section, Tamborine National Park has a planned burn from Tuesday 5 to Friday 8 May 2020 (weather dependent), as part of the annual hazard reduction/conservation management program for parks and forests.
For more information please go to Queensland Health directives to stay up to date with the latest COVID-19 advice.
Check the Department of Environment and Science website and park alerts regularly for updates.