Information current 26 May 2020


On 29 January 2020, under the Public Health Act 2005, the Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services made an order declaring a public health emergency in relation to coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The public health emergency area specified in the order is for ‘all of Queensland’. Its duration has been extended by regulation to 17 August 2020 and may be further extended. Further to this declaration, Queensland's Chief Health Officer is issuing health directions to contain, or respond to, the spread of COVID-19 within the community. Above all, the Home Confinement Direction restricts people from leaving their home except for permitted purposes. Businesses should be clear on the details and exemptions of the Non-Essential Business Directions, while keeping the Home Confinement Direction as the main guide.

The Queensland Government has released its proposed roadmap for the easing of restrictions across the state. TEQ has worked closely with the Department of State Development, Tourism and Innovation, QTIC and the state’s regional tourism organisations (RTOs) throughout COVID-19 to bring you information and advice obtained from Queensland Health and the Department of Premier and Cabinet so that you can make informed business decisions. Below we have broken down the tourism-related components of the roadmap.


OPERATION NOW - QUEENSLAND IS CURRENTLY AT STAGE ONE OF THE ROADMAP:

From Saturday, 2 May 2020, people in Queensland may leave home for recreational activity, for day-trips only (no overnight stays). The Non-Essential Business Direction continues to remain in place. Queensland Health has provided Tourism and Events Queensland and tourism operators further clarity on business operation from Saturday, 2 May:

  • No overnight stays for recreation, leisure, or non-essential purposes.
  • 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.
  • A person who owns, controls or operates premises, other than a residence, must not organise or allow a gathering to occur on the premises. A premises includes vessels. Therefore ferry operation, or transfers of groups of people, are not permitted. Ferry operations classed as public transportation are permitted.
  • Accommodation is limited to essential travellers only - no leisure travel. See the Non-Essential Business Direction for definitions and exemptions. From 12:01am on Tuesday, 5 May 2020, properties with shared facilities such as shared bathrooms, kitchens and living/communal areas must have a Health Management Plan, unless the facility operates solely for permanent residents of the facility. A facility that is required to have a Health Management Plan in place must operate in compliance with the Health Management Plan. Find guidelines and sample template of a Health Management Plan in the right-hand column near the top on the Non-Essential Business Direction page.

From 11:59pm, Friday 15 May 2020, the above, as well as:

  • Recreational travel (day trips only) up to 150km within your region.
  • Accommodation remains limited to essential travellers only - no leisure travel. See the Non-Essential Business Direction for definitions, exemptions and details of Health Management Plans required for properties with shared facilities.
  • 10 people at any one time for dining in restaurants, cafes, pubs, registered and licensed clubs, RSL clubs and hotels (with COVID SAFE Plan). No bars or gaming.
  • Public spaces and lagoons re-opening (e.g. Southbank Parklands, Cairns, Airlie Beach) – gatherings of up to 10 people.
  • Gatherings of up to 10 people outside the home.
  • Up to 10 people at weddings.
  • Gatherings of up to 10 people for hiking and other recreational activities in national and state parks.
  • Outback only – up to 20 locals at any one time for dining in restaurants, cafes, pubs, registered and licensed clubs, RSL clubs and hotels. Must show proof of residence, no bars or gaming.
  • Outback only – recreational travel up to 500km within the Outback, if you live in the Outback.
  • Outback areas outlined here
For more, see the roadmap and the comprehensive FAQ document


STAGE TWO

If numbers stay low and surveillance and epidemiological indicators suggest a move would NOT present an undue risk, then from 11:59pm, 12 June 2020:

  • Overnight recreational travel opens up – camping, caravan parks and tourism accommodation – up to 250km within your region.
  • Camping opens up in national and state parks – gatherings of up to 20 people.
  • 20 people at any one time at outdoor amusement parks, on tourism experiences, at zoos and arcades – more with COVID SAFE Plan approved by health authorities.
  • Public spaces and lagoons – gatherings of up to 20 people.
  • Gatherings of up to 20 people inside and outside homes.
  • Up to 20 people at weddings.
  • Gatherings of up to 20 people for hiking and other recreational activities in national and state parks.
  • 20 people at any one time for dining in restaurants, cafes, pubs, registered and licensed clubs, RSL clubs and hotels – more with COVID SAFE Plan approved by health authorities. No bars or gaming.
  • Casinos may open for dining, up to 20 people at any one time. No bars or gaming.
  • 20 people at indoor cinemas.
  • 20 people at concert venues, theatres, arenas, auditoriums and stadiums – more with COVID SAFE Plan approved by health authorities.
  • Outback only – Up to 50 locals at any one time for dining in restaurants, cafes, pubs, registered and licensed clubs, RSL clubs and hotels – more with COVID SAFE Plan approved by health authorities. Must show proof of residence, no bars or gaming.
  • Outback only – recreational travel within the Outback, if you live in the Outback.
  • Outback areas outlined here

For more, see the roadmap and the comprehensive FAQ document


STAGE THREE 

If numbers stay low and surveillance and epidemiological indicators suggest a move would NOT present an undue risk, then from 10 July 2020 intrastate and interstate travel will be considered, and gatherings of up to 100 people.

For more, see the roadmap and the comprehensive FAQ document


PREPARING A COVID SAFE PLAN

Please see information on this page.



FURTHER INFORMATION

On Friday, 15 May 2020 Tourism and Events Queensland, in partnership with the Department of State Development, Tourism and Innovation and Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC), hosted a live, virtual industry update. You can view the recording of the update and see responses to the questions submitted pre and during the event on this page

Questions: if, after checking the FAQ document and reviewing the Industry Update page, you still have questions specific to your business operation, a request for an exemption or are seeking interpretation of the Queensland Health Directions, you can log these via Queensland Health's website or contact your TEQ Destination team for support.  

Quarantine accommodation/offers of assistance: if your business would like to provide goods or services (for example, accommodation for health purposes, transportation or technology) with a view to helping respond to COVID-19, please contact your Destination Team at TEQ who will ensure the offer is provided to the relevant government agency.

Further detailed advice - backpackers, working holiday makers and those on a visa - available here.

Wondering about liquor licensing laws? Here's an update.

Understanding the public health directions: Queensland Health has published some information to help understand the public health directions:


FOR FURTHER SUPPORT

TEQ's events team is working with individual event organisers to manage the implications of restrictions for Queensland Destination Events Program (QDEP), Major and Business events supported by TEQ. These events can contact their contract manager with any questions or concerns.

Tourism operators can contact their Regional Tourism Organisation, or TEQ Destination Director with further questions. Contacts.

The Australian Government has established an advice hotline for small and medium-sized businesses: ph. 13 28 46. More information.