Queensland has reintroduced Covid-19 restrictions in response to community cases detected in the state. The new restrictions commence 1am Tuesday, 29 June, and will be in place for at least two weeks. Reduced capacity limits and the reintroduction of masks in several local-government areas in south-east Queensland are “absolutely vital” steps in containing the spread of the Delta variant of Covid-19, premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has said.
Do you need to wear a face mask?
People in the local government areas of Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Logan, Redlands, Morton, Brisbane, Gold Coast, the Scenic Rim, the Lockyer Valley, and Somerset must wear a mask whenever outside their own home.
They must be worn in cafes and restaurants, but can be removed when eating or drinking.
They can also be removed for vigorous exercise.
Children under the age of 12 do not need to wear a mask.
People outside these local government areas are encouraged to wear masks but it is not mandatory. If you have been in these LGAs in the past 14 days you must follow the same mask rules.
What are the limits on gatherings and events?
Household gatherings in these LGAs are limited to 30 people, including those who live at the property. Public outdoor gatherings up to 500 people are allowed.
Weddings can proceed, but dancing is limited to a maximum of 20 people. Weddings are limited to 100 people, or 100% capacity with ticketed and allocated seating.
Funerals are limited to 100 people, or 100% capacity with ticketed and allocated seating.
For the rest of Queensland, indoor rules are one person per 2sqm or 100% capacity with ticketed and allocated seating.
Private gatherings are limited to a maximum of 100 people.
Weddings and funerals are limited to one person per 2sqm, or 200 people (whichever is greater, or or 100% capacity with ticketed and allocated seating.
Are businesses open?
Patrons visiting food and beverage venues in south-east Queensland must remain seated. No standing or dancing is permitted.
The one person per 4sqm rule has been re-introduced, but venues can have 100% capacity with ticketed and allocated seating.
Health authorities are also reminding patrons to always check-in.
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.
What if you have visited a potential exposure site?
Queensland contact tracers are maintaining a list of potential exposure sites where people who have tested positive to Covid-19 have visited. Check the full list here.
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