Vaccine mandate now in place for more Queensland venues

Unvaccinated Queenslanders are now locked out of most public venues, as the vaccine mandate comes into effect in the Sunshine State.

Restaurants, cafes, pubs, cinemas, sporting stadiums and a range of other venues are now required to check patron’s vaccination status.

Those who haven’t received a jab, or are still waiting for their second dose, are still allowed into essential venues.


There are fears some people will take their anger out on staff and businesses are being told to call police if problems arise.

Extra officers will be patrolling popular areas and venues.

But the Police Union President Ian Leavers have told Nine Radio that officers are already stretched pretty thin.

“If it does get out of hand with people who deliberately disobey what the law is and we are struggling, the commissioner is going to have to supply extra staff,” Mr Leavers said.

The current restrictions for those who are unvaccinated in Queensland include the following, based on the Queensland Health website.

Restrictions for unvaccinated people

From 17 December 2021, unvaccinated people will be unable to:

  • visit vulnerable settings, including hospitals, residential aged care, disability accommodation services, and prisons. This does not apply to residents and patients of these facilities, and there will be some exceptions for medical treatment, end-of-life visits, childbirth and emergency situations
  • attend hospitality venues such as hotels, pubs, clubs, taverns, bars, restaurants or cafes
  • attend indoor entertainment venues such as nightclubs, live music venues, karaoke bars, concerts, theatres or cinemas
  • attend outdoor entertainment activities such as sporting stadiums, theme parks or tourism experience like reef excursions
  • attend festivals – either indoor or outdoor – such as musical festivals, folk festivals or arts festivals
  • attend Queensland Government owned galleries, museums or libraries.

If anyone attending a wedding is unvaccinated, it is restricted to a maximum of 20 people.

Funerals will not be limited to only vaccinated people. This is because funeral sometimes occur at short notice and often under difficult circumstances making it hard to ensure all attendees are vaccinated. However, funerals will still be required to comply with occupant density limits and caps on attendees to minimise the risk of transmission.

These restrictions target non-essential leisure activities which are not essential for people to meet their basic needs, but present a considerable risk to contributing to an outbreak in our community when our borders reopen.

For more information on the new rules coming into place from today, click here.