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Understanding this Direction

This content was last updated on 27 May 2020.

To slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Queensland Government tightened restrictions around staying at home, going outside, and having visitors to your home.

Together Queenslanders have slowed the spread of COVID-19 by staying at home. As a result, the Queensland Government will continue to ease restrictions on movement within Queensland.

From 25 May 2020, in addition to community kindergarten, Prep, Years 1, 11 and 12, students in Years 2 through to 10 can attend school in person.

From 16 May 2020, you will be allowed to:

  • have a maximum of five visitors to your home. The visitors can be from different households
  • have a public gathering with a maximum of ten people including yourself, or with members of your household
  • enjoy recreational activities, as long as you remain within 150km of home and do not enter the Outback.

Gatherings of up to 10 people outside means you can:

  • play outdoor, non-contact sport like tai chi or golf
  • go to the park, playground or skate park
  • use council outdoor gym equipment
  • participate in personal training or boot camps
  • go for a hike and enjoy other recreational activities in National and State parks.

Wedding guests have increased to 10 people and funeral attendance has increased to 20 mourners indoors or 30 mourners outdoors. It is important to note that outdoor mourners cannot be in addition to indoor mourners.

Easing of restrictions has also allowed for reopening of some facilities, permitting a maximum of 10 people at one time in these locations whilst maintaining social distancing. Please refer to the Non-essential Business Activity and Undertaking Closure Direction for a comprehensive list of the businesses, activities and undertakings that are allowed from 16 May 2020.

For Outback Queensland, two concessions have been made:

  • a maximum of 20 people (locals only) can dine in at restaurants, cafes, pubs, registered and licensed clubs, RSL clubs and hotels
  • recreational travel up to 500km within Outback Queensland, if you live in the Outback. Because of the distance involved, people travelling for recreation in the Outback may stay for multiple nights away from their place of residence.

People aged 70 or over, anybody 65 or over with a chronic disease, and First Nations people over 50 with a chronic disease are strongly encouraged to exercise judgement and consider the need to go out.

The official public health direction is available here.

What this means for you

  • You can leave home to:
    • enjoy a recreational activity within 150km of your home, such as:
      • going for a picnic, going shopping
    • visit the doctor, hospital or other health service
    • get essential goods and services such as food, medicine and fuel
    • carry out or conduct an essential business, activity or undertaking that cannot be done from home (this is any type of business, activity or undertaking that is not prohibited under the latest ‘Non-Essential Business Activity and Undertaking Closure’ Direction)
    • attend childcare
    • attend community kindergarten, Prep or, Years 1 through to 12 of schooling
    • attend university or another educational institution if lessons cannot be reasonably obtained from home
    • support immediate family members or visit a terminally ill relative
    • visit another person’s residence (maximum five visitors)
    • continue existing child custody and contact arrangements
    • attend a funeral, wedding or other service (restrictions apply)
    • attend court or tribunal
    • avoid injury, illness or risk of harm including domestic and family violence
    • access support from a domestic and family violence support service
    • comply with a police direction or court order
  • You can have five visitors from different households in your home at the same time. Visitors do not include people who live with you or workers or volunteers providing goods or services.
  • If you live in Outback Queensland:
    • up to 20 local residents can dine in at a restaurant, cafĂ©, pub, registered and licensed club, RSL clubs and hotels. A local means a person whose principal place of residence is in the Outback or a person who is performing work or volunteering in the Outback, for example a fly-in fly-out worker, seasonal worker, contractor or locum.
    • recreational travel can be within 500km of home but only within the Outback. People travelling for recreation in the Outback may stay for multiple nights away from their place of residence.
  • You must practice social distancing as much as possible and:
    • keep at least 1.5 metres away, two big steps, from other people
    • wash your hands regularly with soap and water, and use alcohol-based sanitiser
    • avoid hugs, kisses and handshakes.
  • Special visitor rules apply for aged care facilities, hospitals and corrective services facilities.

Questions and answers about staying home and going out in Queensland

Information about staying home and going out (PDF 413 kB)

Last updated: 27 May 2020

Easing Restrictions

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