Qld Covid restrictions: Brisbane and regional Queensland coronavirus rules explained

From 10am, Tuesday 28 September all of Queensland is under stage three restrictions.

Up to 100 people can gather in homes and there is no limit for people gathering in public spaces.

There are additional restrictions in place for some south-east LGA’s including changes to face mask rules and visiting aged care facilities.

From 1am, 29 September 2021 additional face mask restrictions will be in place for people who have travelled to Brisbane, Gold Coast and Moreton Bay since 1am 19 September.

There are also new mask rules for anyone across the state attending a stadium event.

From 1am AEST Wednesday 29 September 2021, the Tweed Shire and Byron Shire LGAs are no longer considered a concern and are part of the non-restricted border zone.

Residents of either Tweed Shire or Byron Shire and Queenslanders travelling to these areas will be able to cross the border bubble for work, education, compassionate care and essential shopping provided they have had one dose of the vaccine.

Can you leave your home?

Queenslanders can travel anywhere within the state, or outside Queensland that is not a declared hotspot.

Do you need to wear a face mask?

If you have travelled to Brisbane, Gold Coast or Moreton Bay since 1am 19 September there are tightened rules for face masks indoors.

You are required to wear a mask indoors at all times unless you are working alone in a closed office, you are at home with only people from your household or you are eating or drinking.

When outdoors you must wear a face mask if you are unable to stay 1.5 metres away from people who are not from your household (including at public transport waiting areas or taxi ranks and in outdoor workplaces) unless:

In all other South East Queensland LGA’s masks must be carried at all times and worn indoors unless you are sitting down and outdoors when you can not maintain social distancing of 1.5m from others.

Masks must be worn on public transport and if you are in a taxi, rideshare or shuttle service

From 1am AEST 29 September 2021 spectators attending stadium events across Queensland must wear a mask at all times, even while they are seated, except when eating or drinking.

Masks are required for all teachers and staff in all schools (primary and secondary), as well as secondary school students.

Masks must also be worn at airports, and on a domestic or international flight.

What are the limits on gatherings and events?

From Tuesday 28 September up to 100 people can gather in homes. There is no limit for people gathering in public spaces.

Indoor premises are allowed one person per 2 square metres or 100% capacity if patrons are in allocated and ticketed seating.

Indoor funerals and wedding ceremonies are also allowed one person per 2 sq metres or 200 people or 100% allocated seated and ticketed capacity (whichever is the greater).

All wedding guests can dance (indoors and outdoors) subject to the one person per 2 sq metres rule.

There are no restrictions on indoor or outdoor stadium events but patrons must wear a mask unless eating or drinking.

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Aged care facilities

From Wednesday 29 September visiting restrictions will be in place for aged care facilities, disability services, detention centres and hospitals in the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Moreton Bay LGAs.

Can you travel anywhere?

There are no restrictions on travel within Queensland, however other states have introduced rules on visitors arriving from Queensland. Check the latest restrictions on travelling interstate from Queensland here.

  • Due to the unprecedented and ongoing nature of the coronavirus outbreak, this article is regularly updated to ensure it reflects the current situation at the date of publication. Any significant corrections made to this or previous versions of the article will continue to be footnoted in line with Guardian editorial policy.

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