Latest information and FAQs

Latest information

From 12.00pm on Friday, July 3, 2020 the State Government partially implemented Stage 3 of the State’s COVID-19 recovery plan.

The Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction (No. 5) came into effect on Friday, July 24, 2020.

All businesses, including pubs, restaurants and cafes, can operate with an approved COVID Safe Plan which includes a register of customers, high frequency cleaning and social distancing.

The number of customers allowed in a business premise is determined by the one person per four square metre rule.

Smaller venues below 200 square metres can have one person per two square metres, but not more than 50 people at one time.

The maximum number of persons at museums, art galleries, libraries and historic sites is also determined by the one person per four square metre rule.

Businesses that can re-open with a COVID Safe Plan under Stage 3 include food courts, gaming and gambling venues (including electronic gaming machines), casinos, non-therapeutic massage, saunas and bathhouses and nightclubs.

Up to 100 people are now allowed at private, non-commercial gatherings such as weddings, birthdays and other milestone celebrations and funerals.

Sport, recreation and fitness organisations can resume competition and physical contact is permitted on the field of play, provided a COVID Safe Plan is in place.

Physical distancing must be practised by competitors, officials and spectators off the field of play.

Indoor sports facilities, gyms and pools can operate with one person per four square metres, although some exceptions apply with health group classes (one person per seven square metres).

In most cases, bookings are no longer required but patrons must provide contact details.

As of Wednesday, August 5, Queensland has declared that all of New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) are now COVID hotspots.

From 1am on Saturday, August 8, the Queensland border will be closed to all residents from Victoria, NSW and the ACT.

After this time, Queenslanders coming home will have to fly into Queensland and if they have cars, organise alternative arrangements.

The State Government has advised that it is important wherever possible for Queenslanders to stay in Queensland and abide by the border closures with Victoria, NSW and the ACT.

Any person from Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania or the Northern Territory may still enter Queensland.

For more information visit Border Restrictions Direction (No.10) or border restrictions.

Aged Care Direction (No.8) is now in place.

From 12.01pm on August 10, 2020 there are no listed Local Government Areas for residential aged care facilities.

More information about the restrictions visit Local Government Areas applied to Aged Care Direction (No. 8).

For more information visit Protecting aged care residents.


What planning has Council done for COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?

Council's Business Continuity Crisis Management Team has been meeting regularly as a precautionary measure.

Business continuity planning involves developing a practical plan for how we prepare for, and continue to operate after an incident disrupts our daily business operations – such as a virus outbreak/epidemic such as COVID-19.

Council has plans to:

  • prepare for a disruption / crisis
  • manage a disruption / crisis
  • recover critical business functions
  • resume normal business operations.

There is a Master Plan for all of Council, as well as a Recovery Plan for each of the Directorates, which outlines essential services for each Branch in Council and what is needed for Council to resume services for the community.

There is no need to be alarmed, but we are preparing in case the situation changes locally.

What are our contingencies for support agencies that are also impacted?

Our business continuity planning ensures we identify key risk areas in our supply chain and other support agencies and provides ways to eliminate or minimise this risk.

What does it mean that the Local Recovery Group has been activated?

The Local Recovery Group (LRG) has now moved to Stand Up.

This group, under our Local Disaster Management commitments, helps to coordinate the community recovery.

There are four sub-groups (Human-Social, Economic, Infrastructure and Environment) of the LRG, which provide services that may involve effective recovery that requires a range of services operating in a co-ordinated and streamlined way.

The integration of government agencies, non-government organisations (NGOs), government-owned corporations, industry groups, the private sector and whole-of-community is the foundation of recovery.