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Chief Health Officer public health directions

During a public health emergency, the Chief Health Officer can issue Public Health Directions to assist in containing, or to respond to, the spread of COVID-19 within the community.

On 17 August 2020, Queensland’s declared public health emergency for COVID-19 was extended to 11:59pm on Friday 2 October 2020.

The Public Health (Further Extension of Declared Public Health Emergency–COVID-19) Regulation (No. 4) 2020 was made by Queensland’s Governor in Council, and extends all active Public Health Directions issued by the state’s Chief Health Officer, Dr Jeannette Young.

This means active Public Health Directions with an end date of 17 August 2020 have been automatically extended until 11:59pm on Friday 2 October 2020.  Directions will be progressively updated to reference the new date of 2 October 2020.

Visit the Queensland legislation website to view the regulation and explanatory notes.

Understanding the Directions

These resources will help you better understand the Directions and how they affect you and your community.

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Revoked public health directions

Public health directions are amended periodically.

An archive of revoked directions are kept as a record or these amendments.

View the revoked and superseded directions

Requests for Exemptions

If you are seeking any of the following:

  • apply for an exemption from a Public Health Direction
  • get help understanding a Direction.

Submit your request online

Last updated: 5 September 2020

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Easing Restrictions

On Friday 8 May 2020 the Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk released Queensland's Roadmap to Easing COVID-19 restrictions.

The roadmap outlines a staged approach to giving Queenslanders more freedom to travel, participate in more activities and hold more gatherings.

View the roadmap