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Queensland – COVID Restrictions Update

Published March 29, 2021 (last updated on July 2, 2024) | Adam Wyatt - Content Writer

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Restrictions for Impacted Areas – South East Queensland

Note: the following blog discusses now-expired COVID restrictions in Queensland. This blog is out of date.

What’s changed from 4.00pm AEST 10 September 2021

The 11 Local Government Areas in South East Queensland will continue following stage 3 restrictions until 4.00pm AEST 24 September 2021.

Current restrictions for the South East Queensland Local Government Areas include:

  • Up to 100 people in your home, including people who live there

  • Up to 200 people at an indoor wedding ceremony or funeral service or 1 person per 2 square metres or 100 per cent capacity with ticketed and allocated seating (whichever is greater). Indoor wedding ceremonies must have a COVID Safe Checklist in place and collect contact details via the Check in Qld app. Outdoor ceremonies have no restrictions and do not have to collect contact details.

  • There are no density restrictions for venues that operate only outdoors. All indoor settings can have up to one person per 2 square metres or 100 per cent capacity with seated, ticket allocations including stadiums.


From 4.00pm AEST 10 September until 4.00pm Friday 24 September increased face mask restrictions continue to apply to the 11 Local Government Areas in South East Queensland. These Local Government Areas are declared impacted areas and include the following:

  • City of Brisbane

  • Moreton Bay Regional Council

  • City of Gold Coast

  • City of Ipswich

  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council

  • Logan City

  • Noosa Shire Council

  • Redland City

  • Scenic Rim Regional Council

  • Somerset Regional Council

  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Movement and gathering

The restrictions on movement and gathering for impacted areas are the same as the rest of Queensland.

Face masks

Face mask requirements apply in impacted areas.

Masks must also be worn at an airport, and on a domestic or international flight departing or arriving in Queensland.


You must wear a face mask outdoors when you are unable to stay 1.5 metres away from people who are not from your household. You must also wear a face mask at public transport waiting areas or taxi ranks and in outdoor workplaces unless:

  • you are alone or with the members of your household

  • you are alone in your car or with the members of your household

  • you are eating or drinking

  • you are participating in strenuous exercise

  • it is unsafe to wear a mask.


You must wear a face mask at all times when you are indoors, including workplaces unless:

  • you can stay 1.5 metres away from others (only in your workplace)

  • you are at your residence and there is no one else there except people you live with

  • you are eating or drinking

  • it is unsafe to wear a mask

Schools and childcare: Masks must be worn by teachers and staff, plus all students in high school regardless of their age.

There are some other exceptions to wearing face masks, including for children under 12 (unless they are in high school) and people with particular medical conditions or disabilities. If in doubt, wear a face mask.

Funerals and weddings

Funeral services can have up to 200 people or one person per 2 square metres, or 100 per cent capacity with ticketed and allocated seating (whichever is greater) including the person conducting the service.

Wedding ceremonies can have up to 200 people or one person per 2 square metres or 100 per cent capacity with ticketed and allocated seating (whichever is greater) including the celebrant and two witnesses. All wedding guests can dance (indoors and outdoors), subject to the one person per 2 square metres rule.

Businesses and events

Learn about restrictions on businesses and venues in impacted areas. These are the same as the rest of Queensland

Hospitals, aged care and disability services

Learn about restrictions on visitors to hospitalsaged care and disability services.

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Note from Peninsula

The above is a general guide to the restrictions in Queensland. For official and detailed information, please visit the Queensland Government’s Covid website. If you need further information on how these restrictions impact your workplace as an employer, please get in touch with our advice line or, if you are not a client, we can assist you with free, initial advice on 1300 651 415.

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