Easing of Restrictions for Queensland
The information on this page relates to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions for Queensland. It will continue to be updated as new information becomes available.
Last updated: 29/03/2021
Current Restrictions for Queensland
From 5.00pm, Monday 29 March Greater Brisbane, including the Ipswich, Logan, Redlands, Moreton and Brisbane council areas, will go into lockdown for three days.
People in Greater Brisbane will only be able to leave their homes for essential reasons like grocery shopping, exercise, work and medical care. Masks will be mandatory in any location indoors — except your home, if you have a medical exemption or if you’re doing strenuous exercise — and on public transport and in ride share vehicles.
Outside of Greater Brisbane masks will be required in crowded areas where you can’t socially distance, inside and on public transport.
Anyone who has been to Greater Brisbane since March 20 needs to follow the lockdown restrictions.
Previously, from 1am Friday 22 January 2021 restrictions are easing for the Greater Brisbane area (Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton, and Redlands). This brings Greater Brisbane back in line with the rest of Queensland.
- Masks are no longer mandatory, however you are encouraged to wear a mask in any indoor or outdoor space when physical distancing is not possible.
- Businesses may now have one person per 2 square metres on their premises
- Mandatory record keeping is required for tracking and tracing purposes.
Industry plan: Fitness Facilities – Industry COVID Safe Plan
There is no requirement to seek approval on sport specific return to play documentation from Sport and Recreation or Queensland Health prior to recommencing activity. Any organisation undertaking activity in accordance with an industry plan must print, sign and display a Statement of compliance.
Previously, Brisbane Update:
From 6:01pm Monday 11 January the Greater Brisbane region will transition to eased restrictions, similar to Stage 3 restrictions Queensland saw in July last year, and will be in place at least until 1am 22 January. You will be allowed to leave your home for any purpose. The following gathering restrictions are in place to keep you and others safe:
- You must carry a mask at all times.
- Masks must be worn in indoor places including shopping centres and supermarkets, gyms, places of worship, libraries, public transport, and taxis and rideshare vehicles.
- Masks must be worn in workplaces if social distancing isn’t possible and it’s safe to do so.
- You don’t need to wear a mask if you’re doing strenuous exercise.
- Businesses and venues can have one person per 4m² indoors and one person per 2m² outdoors.
- Smaller venues up to 200m² can have one person per 2m²up to a maximum of 50.
Previously, from 6:00pm Friday 08 January 2021 people living in Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands will be required to stay home until 6:00pm Monday in a bid to stop the spread of the highly-infectious United Kingdom strain of the virus.
Masks will also be mandatory for people leaving home in the Greater Brisbane area.
Residents have been asked to avoid non-essential activities such as hairdressers, nail salons, cinemas and gyms. Anyone who has been to the Greater Brisbane area since January 2 is also advised to stay at home for the next three days.
Clarification of density rules:
The total number of people to attend the activity, training and competition at indoor venues is to be based on occupant density of:
- one person per 2 square metres for venues 200 square metres or less (up to a total of 50)
- one person per 4 square metres for venues of 200 square metres or more
- one person per 2 square metres for outdoor venues.
Specific guidance regarding the return of fitness activities can be found in the Return to Play Guide (PDF). The guide outlines a range of requirements for fitness facilities to adhere to.
Saturday 22 August
In response to recent positive COVID-19 cases, a range of measures have been put in place as of 22 August 2020.
If your business is operating under a COVID Safe plan, you are not affected by the latest restrictions announced on 22 August 2020 for the Greater Brisbane and Ipswich areas. This includes businesses operating under a COVID Safe Industry Plan, a COVID Safe checklist, COVID Safe Site Specific Plan or COVID Safe Event Plan.
You are reminded to ensure that your staff and customers observe social distancing, ensure customer details are retained, and ensure that any staff or customers who are showing any symptoms do not enter your premises.
At 12 noon on Friday 3 July 2020, Stage 3 easing of restrictions commenced in Queensland, allowing sport, recreation and fitness organisations when following a COVID Safe Industry Plan:
- resumption of activity including competition and physical contact is permitted on the field of play
- indoor sports facilities can open with one person per 4 square metres (off the field of play)§
- outdoor sports facilities can open with physical distancing (off the field of play).
Previously, Queensland moved to Stage 2 on June 2 with fitness facilities allowed up to 20 people indoors provided no adverse indicators. Stage 3 starts on July 10 with up to 100 people allowed indoors.
Previously, from 15 May the rules provided:
Boot camps, personal training – Limited to 10 people outdoors including the personal trainer, with no more than one person per 4 square metres and with social distancing observed.
Additional requirements for boot camps and personal training:
a. participants must bring their own equipment where possible (for example, gym mat);
b. frequent environmental cleaning and disinfecting should be maintained for equipment by personal trainer/boot camp instructor;
c. no contact sports or contact skills training (for example, boxing with a partner, tackling or wrestling) unless with a member of your household.
Prohibited – indoor sporting centres, including gyms, health clubs, fitness centres, yoga, barre and spin facilities, water-based spa services (including saunas, bathhouses, non-therapeutic hydrotherapy tubs, whirlpool tubs, steam rooms, steam cabinets, Vichy shower) and wellness centres
On 27th April, the Chief Health Officer’s office advised that personal trainers cannot operate a fitness business (including 1:1 personal training) from their home or from indoors in a commercial setting (gym or studio). It was confirmed on May 20 that this applies to Pilates studios. “Pilates studios are not permitted to operate, this includes one on one sessions. However, if possible, you are able to operate these sessions outdoors.”