Information current 18 March 2021


On 29 January 2020, under the Public Health Act 2005, Queensland's 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 11:59pm, 31 March 2021 and may be further extended. The Public Health Regulation extends all active Public Health Directions issued by the state’s Chief Health Officer, Dr Jeannette Young. For further information, please visit the Australian Government and Queensland Health websites.

Understanding the restrictions:

+ Current status of restrictions in Queensland

+ COVID Safe business operation - see our dedicated page


Current COVID-normal in Queensland*:

  • Queenslanders can travel within Queensland*. 
  • Queensland's borders are open to interstate travellers (as long as they have not been in declared hotspots in the 14 days prior to arriving in Queensland) and travellers from New Zealand*.
  • Australia's borders otherwise remain closed. Only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia. Inbound Australian travellers should check the latest updates and travel safety information on the Smart Traveller website. All international arrivals into Australia (other than from New Zealand) will be subject to mandatory quarantine for 14 days, and this is at the traveller's own expense when arriving in Queensland. Australians are banned from travelling overseas.
  • Events can be staged in compliance with relevant Public Health Directions. More information here.
  • Tourism experiences, accommodation, dining in restaurants, cafes, pubs, registered or licensed clubs, RSL Clubs, food courts and hotels, nightclubs, beauty therapies and casinos can all operate with required COVID Safe documentation in place. More information here.
  • Similar to the way airlines operate, tourism experiences (up to 50 people) can seat guests together during the tourism experience, with 1.5m physical distancing in place at all other times possible. Businesses must comply with the checklist in the updated Queensland Tourism and Accommodation Industry Plan. Larger tourism experiences can still follow the guidelines and principles of the Industry Plan and carry greater capacity subject to available space. More information here.
  • All venues can operate with one person per two square metres.
  • Event venues like open-air stadiums, and seated, ticketed indoor events can operate at 100 per cent capacity - patrons should wear a mask on entry and exit.
  • Weddings (including dancing) and funerals. More information here.
More information on current restrictions here.

*Hotspots and Public Health Directions can change quickly to temporarily respond to COVID-19 outbreaks as they occur. Please check exact travel and other restrictions on our dedicated page for travellers.


All businesses must

COVID Safety is a vital part of business operation, and all businesses must comply with some basic principles and may also wish to follow a COVID Safe Industry Plan to provide increased capacity. All information in outlined on our dedicated 'Operating your business safely' page.