New Qld Covid restrictions: update to Brisbane and regional Qld coronavirus rules explained

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<span>Photograph: Darren England/AAP</span>
Photograph: Darren England/AAP

The Queensland government has eased some restrictions but the acting premier, Steven Miles, said on Thursday 22 July that others would need to remain in place to help limit transmission.

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Can you leave your home?

Yes, across the state, there are no longer any restrictions on leaving your home unless you are self-isolating as a close contact or awaiting test results.

Do you need to wear a face mask?

People in 11 local government areas in south-east Queensland, including greater Brisbane, must still wear a mask when they are outside of their own home until Friday 30 July unless:

  • You are alone or with members of your household outdoors or in your car

  • You are eating or drinking

  • You are at work (except in the hospitality and transport industries) and can isolate from others

  • It is unsafe to do so

  • You are vigorously exercising

Attendees to sporting events must also wear a mask at all times, including when seated. Masks can only be removed when eating or drinking.

In the rest of Queensland, people are encouraged to wear masks but it is not mandatory. If you have been in the areas that were subject to the three day lockdown in the past 14 days you must carry a face mask with you at all times.

What are the limits on gatherings and events?

From Friday 23 July, the limit on indoor gatherings will be 100 people across the state.

Funerals and weddings held indoors are limited to one person per two square metres, or 200 people, or 100% capacity of the venue with ticketed allocated seating – whichever is greater.

There is no limit on numbers for outdoor weddings or funerals.

There are restrictions on stadiums and sporting events. Any stadium with a capacity of more than 20,000 seats is capped at 75% capacity.

Are businesses open?

Shops, restaurants, cafes, cinemas, gyms, beauty services and other businesses can operate subject to density limits and Covid-safe rules, listed here.

Dance floors are open again from Friday 16 July and the number of customers is three people per four square metres.

From 9 July, the use of a Covid check-in app is mandatory for many businesses.

Aged care facilities

From Friday 23 July, restrictions on aged care visits will be lifted.

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