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Gatherings and work - Queensland

Current as of 16 October 2020, at 16:00 AEST

Gathering limits

Up to 40 people can gather in a home at any one time — including the members of that household. For example, if your household consists of 5 people, you can have up to 35 visitors at any one time.

Children and babies are included in limits on numbers in Queensland.

Visitors don’t include workers or volunteers who provide goods or services.

Up to 40 people can gather in a group in a public space, including you and your household members.

These limits don’t apply to businesses if they operate under a COVID Safe framework. For more information on Queensland business restrictions, visit the healthdirect Restriction Checker at

From 1am on Tuesday 1 December 2020, up to 50 people can gather at a home or in a group in public, subject to public health advice.

However, there’s an additional restriction in place from 21 November 2020 to 11 December 2020 with only of 10 people allowed to gather at a home — including holiday units.

Residential aged-care facilities

Residents can only have up to 2 visitors at any one time at aged-care facilities. However, no limits apply to the number or length of visits they can receive.

Children under 16 can visit residential aged-care facilities.

Service providers, including hairdressers, legal advisers and healthcare workers, can also visit.

Residents can leave their facility for a variety of reasons, including to:

  • access healthcare
  • exercise
  • attend family gatherings of up to 20 people if everyone practises physical distancing
  • attend a funeral
  • visit a service provider such as a legal adviser or hairdresser
  • go on excursions, such as a day trip to the beach

However, residents can’t go on excursions such as a day trip to the beach.

For more information about protecting aged-care residents, visit and search for ‘Protecting aged care residents’.

Disability accommodation services

Visitors to disability accommodation services must wash their hands before entering and leaving — and stay 1.5 metres from residents where possible.

You can't enter if you have:

  • COVID-19 symptoms
  • returned from overseas in the past 14 days
  • had contact with someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days
  • been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the past 14 days

Hospital visits

Up to 2 people can visit a patient at any one time. They can visit for any length of time during visiting hours.

However, more than 2 people can provide end-of life support to a patient.

Unless you're a patient, you can’t visit a hospital if you’ve:

  • been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • returned from overseas in the past 14 days
  • been asked or required to quarantine
  • had contact with someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days

You also can’t visit if you have a fever of 37.5 degrees Celsius or more, a sore throat, cough, runny nose, breathing difficulties or a loss of taste and/or a loss of smell.

Contact the hospital you plan to visit to confirm their restrictions and visiting hours before you leave home.

For more information about restrictions in Queensland, visit and scroll down to ‘Changes to restrictions’.

More information

There is a maximum $4,003 fine or up to 6 months in prison for anyone who breaches public health orders.

Businesses must comply with the COVID Safe framework.

You can return to your office if you’re not sick. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, even mild ones, get tested but call your testing clinic first.

Queensland's indoor major sports facilities with a plan to keep spectators safe can hold up to 25,000 spectators or half capacity — whichever is less.

Outdoor major sport facilities, concert venues, theatres, auditoriums and showgrounds can hold up to 75 per cent of their capacity, if spectators are seated.

From 1am on 1 December 2020, up to 1,500 people can attend outdoor events that have a COVID Safe Checklist, subject to public health advice.

Events with fewer than 500 people don’t need their ‘COVID Safe’ plans approved.

Local public health units must approve ‘COVID Safe plans’ of events with between 500 and 10,000 people.

The Queensland Chief Health Officer must approve ‘COVID Safe’ plans of events with over 10,000 people.

Outdoor school events, such as Christmas carols and sporting carnivals, can have up to 1,000 people, but they must have a 'COVID Safe' plan in place.

You must follow physical distancing rules and practise good hygiene.

For more information on restrictions in Queensland, visit

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