FULL LIST: Easing of restrictions brought forward

Bars, restaurants and cafes will be allowed more patrons from this Friday with the State Government bringing forward Stage 3 of its recovery roadmap.

We’ll even be able to go back to the bar to order a drink with venues no longer required to provide table service.

Nightclubs have been given the green light to reopen along with concert venues and theatres.


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The casino and hotel pokie rooms can also reopen while gatherings, including weddings, can have up to 100 people.

There’s also good news for sports fans with more spectators allowed at Queensland stadiums.

Here’s the list of restrictions being eased from midday this Friday:

Family, friends and community

  • Private, non-commercial (e.g. home) gatherings of up to 100 with friends and family
  • Weddings and funerals (max 100 people)
  • Maximum number of persons at museums, art galleries, libraries and historic sites determined by the one person per 4 square metre rule
  • 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).

Businesses and economy

  • Maximum number of customers for a business at any one time is determined by the 4 square metre rule
  • For smaller venues below 200 square metres, businesses can have one person per 2 square metres up to 50 persons at a time
  • The following businesses and areas may re-open with a COVID Safe Plan:
    • casinos, gaming and gambling venues (including electronic gaming machines)
    • non-therapeutic massage
    • saunas and bathhouses
    • nightclubs
    • food courts
  • office-based workers can return to their place of work
  • Up to 25,000 spectators or 50% of capacity (whichever is the lesser) at Queensland’s Major Sports Facilities, with a COVID Safe Plan
  • Concert venues, theatres and auditoriums can open and have up to 50% capacity or one person per 4 square metres (whichever is the greater), with a COVID Safe Plan
  • More events allowed:
    • fewer than 500 people – no approval needed when following a COVID Safe Event Checklist
    • 500 to 10,000 people – need a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by local public health units
    • over 10,000 people – need a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by the Queensland Chief Health Officer
    • COVID Safe Industry Plans continue to apply with revisions to reflect changes in Stage 3. COVID Safe Checklists continue to apply.

Source: Queensland Government 

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Can the tip shops open for business?