Current Greater Brisbane Covid-19 Restrictions

Strict stay-at-home orders that kept millions of Greater Brisbane residents housebound have been lifted, allowing people to move freely around the community without travel restrictions, but some restrictions involving mask wearing and gathering limits still remain.

Below is a short guide to the current restrictions.

Greater Brisbane Restrictions

What’s Still Closed?

Hospitals, aged care facilities, disability accommodation and correctional centres will all remain closed to visitors until January 22.

How much longer do I need to wear a mask?

This means anyone in the five local government areas of Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, Moreton Bay and the Redlands must wear a mask until 1:00am Friday, January 22.

Where do I have to wear a mask?

  • Indoor venues such as shopping centres and supermarkets
  • Gyms
  • Workplaces (only if you cannot socially distance)
  • Places of worship
  • Libraries
  • Public transport, taxis and ridesharing vehicles

Where will masks not need to be worn?

  • Exercising outdoors (provided you are a safe distance from others)
  • Cars when alone or with your family
  • Workplaces (provided you can be socially distanced from colleagues)

What’s changing for businesses and venues?

Indoor venues such as restaurants and cafes have reopened but patrons must adhere to the one person per 4 square metre rule.

Outdoor venues will be allowed to operate within the one person per 2 square metre rule.

Guests in restaurants, cafes, pubs and clubs must remain seated when eating and drinking and dancing is banned in all venues except for weddings.

For smaller venues that are up to 200 square metres in size, patrons have been capped at 50 people and must adhere to the one person per 2 square metre rule at all times.

These rules are in place until 1:00am January 22 when health authorities will review restrictions.


For Strata Communities

Common Property

  • Masks: Masks must be worn in indoor places such as indoor gyms, indoor pools and common property.
  • Gatherings: Gatherings are restricted to 20 people on common property, Social distancing must be maintained at 1 per 4 square metres indoors and 1 per 2 square meters
  • Amenities: such as gyms can operate with a restriction of 1 person per 2 square metres if smaller than 200 square metres, up to 50 people. Residents and visitors must wear masks on all indoor common property

Private Property

  • Masks: masks are not required to be worn in your home or when outdoors, as long as 1.5m social distancing is possible.
  • Gatherings: Gatherings are restricted to 20 people in your home, including those who reside there.
  • Amenities: Consider taking extra precautions when accessing common property and amenities in your complex. For example, bringing your own crockery and towels and cleaning spaces after use.

Outside of Brisbane

Anyone who has been in the greater Brisbane area (including Ipswich, Logan, Moreton Bay and the Redlands) since January 2 must carry a mask with them and wear them indoors as indicated.

This includes visitors to short-term accommodation

State Border – Queensland Border Declaration Pass

Entry to Queensland is temporarily restricted by the Chief Health Officer in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Border Restrictions Direction 21 commenced at 1am 22 December 2020 and requires a person entering Queensland who has been in New South Wales after 1am 11 December 2020 to apply for and receive a Queensland Border Declaration Pass.

An individual who requires a Queensland Border Declaration Pass must have one regardless of whether they are a child and travelling with their parents.

The Queensland border is closed to anyone who has been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days or since the hotspot was declared (whichever is shorter). Currently specific parts of New South Wales are hotspots.




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