New Qld Covid restrictions: update to Brisbane and regional Qld coronavirus rules explained | Queensland


The Queensland government has extended some restrictions for another week, after more local cases emerged.

Restrictions in Queensland were set to ease from 6am, Friday 16 July, but premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says some rules in place in the state’s south-east will remain. Rules in Townsville will be relaxed as planned. Here’s what you can and can’t do.

Can you leave your home?

Yes, there are no longer any restrictions on leaving your home unless you are self-isolating as a close contact or awaiting test results.

Do you need to wear a face mask?

People in 11 local government areas in south-east Queensland, including greater Brisbane, must will still have to wear a mask when they are outside of their own home until Friday, 23 July, unless:

  • You are alone or with members of your household outdoors or in your car

  • You are eating or drinking

  • You are at work (except in the hospitality and transport industries) and can isolate from others

  • It is unsafe to do so

In Townsville, from 6am Friday masks will only be required at airports and on planes.

In the rest of Queensland, people are encouraged to wear masks but it is not mandatory. If you have been in the areas that were subject to the three day lockdown in the past 14 days you must carry a face mask with you at all times.

What are the limits on gatherings and events?

From Friday 6am, the limit on indoor gatherings will be 100 people across the state.

Until Friday, people in south east Queensland, Townsville, Magnetic Island and Palm Island can have 30 people gather in their home, in an outdoor setting, or in another venue.

Funerals and weddings held indoors are limited to one person per two square metres, or 200 people, or 100% capacity of the venue with ticketed allocated seating – whichever is greater.

There is no limit on numbers for outdoor weddings or funerals.

Are businesses open?

Shops, restaurants, cafes, cinemas, gyms, beauty services and other businesses can operate subject to density limits and Covid-safe rules, listed here.

Dance floors are open again from Friday, 16 July, and the number of customers is three people per four square metres.

From 9 July, the use of a Covid check-in app is mandatory for many businesses.

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Aged care facilities

From Friday, restrictions on aged care visits will be lifted.

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