All residents are required to stay at home, only leaving for the main reasons of essential shopping, work, medical care and exercise.
Wearing a face mask is now also mandatory across Queensland.
Here is a breakdown of the rules.
Queenslanders must carry a face mask at all times when leaving home.
Masks must be worn in the following indoor spaces (although many of these services and venues will be closed in Greater Brisbane):
- Shopping centres, supermarkets, and all other indoor shopping venues
- Hospitals and aged care facilities
- Restaurants and cafes, although you don’t need to wear a mask when you’re seated and eating or drinking.
- Churches and places of worship
- Indoor gyms and recreational facilities, except if you’re doing strenuous exercise including high-intensity interval training, cycling and running
- Indoor workplaces where you can’t physically distance
- Public transport, taxis and rideshare services, including in the queues for this transport
- In airports and travelling on planes
When outdoors, masks are strongly recommended in situations where you cannot maintain a 1.5-metre distance from others.
- Children aged under 12
- Medical conditions
- Workplaces where wearing masks isn’t safe
- Eating and drinking
People who have been in the Greater Brisbane area since March 20 are under strict stay-at-home orders.
Residents can only leave home for the following reasons:
- Shopping for essentials, food and necessary supplies
- Medical or healthcare needs, including compassionate requirements
- Exercise with no more than one other person, unless all from the same household
- Work, or volunteering, or study if it is not reasonably practicable to work or learn remotely
- Providing care or assistance to an immediate family member
- Child custody arrangements
- Legal obligations
- Visit for end-of-life situations
- Attend funeral or wedding in line with restrictions
- In emergency situations
- To escape harm
- You’re directed to leave by an emergency health officer, or have an exemption from the Chief Health Officer
There is no strict kilometre-radius limit on how far you can travel for these essential reasons.
Restricted: Hospitals and care
Visitors to hospitals and aged care facilities are restricted across Queensland, including Greater Brisbane.
You can only visit a patient in hospital if you are:
- The parent, guardian or carer for a patient under 18
- Visiting a patient at the end of their life
- A partner or support person for a patient admitted for care related to their pregnancy
- A support worker or informal carer providing support for someone with a disability
All people entering hospitals, except for patients, must wear a face mask.
Visits to aged care facilities are limited to end-of-life situations.
Restricted: Education and childcare
Schools — including out-of-hours school care — across Greater Brisbane will be closed until term 2 begins on April 19, except for vulnerable children and children of essential workers.
Daycare centres will also only be open for vulnerable children and those of essential workers.
Essential workers include anyone who cannot conduct their work from home.
People in Greater Brisbane may leave their home to go to work if they cannot work from home.
People in Greater Brisbane are limited to two visits at their home per day.
For the rest of Queensland, gatherings in people’s homes are limited to 30 people in total. This includes the people you live with.
In Greater Brisbane, shopping for essentials, food and necessary supplies is one of the reasons you can leave home.
Supermarkets, bottle shops, post offices and even Bunnings stores are open, although mask-wearing rules apply.
Food markets and farmers markets will continue to operate.
Restricted: Weddings and funerals
Wedding ceremonies are limited to 10 people, including the celebrant and witnesses. Reception venues are classed as non-essential businesses so the Queensland Government recommends post-wedding events be postponed.
Funerals are limited to 20 people, excluding officials.
The following venues and businesses are considered non-essential and will therefore be closed across Greater Brisbane:
- Entertainment venues including nightclubs, theatres, cinemas, music and concert halls
- Major sports stadiums, convention centres and showgrounds
- Events such as marathons, cultural festivals, fetes and expos
- Theme parks, outdoor amusement parks, tourism experiences and arcades
- Zoos, aquariums and wildlife centres, except to provide maintenance and care for animals
- Casinos, gaming or gambling venues, including wagering outlets that are accessible by members of the public
- Galleries, museums and libraries
- Sex-on-premises services and strip clubs
Restricted: Beauty services
Hairdressers, spas, nail salons, beauty salons, waxing salons, tanning salons, tattoo parlours, non-therapeutic massage and water-based spa services in Greater Brisbane are all considered non-essential services and are closed during lockdown.
Massage parlours can only open if they are providing massage therapy for the management or prevention of disease, injury or condition by a registered health practitioner or qualified massage therapist.
Restricted: Sport and exercise
In Greater Brisbane, exercise is one of the main reasons to leave home, but it must be confined to your local area.
You can only exercise with your own household or a single person can exercise with one other person from a different household.
Boot camps and personal training is limited to two people, the client and the trainer, and must be held outdoors with physical distancing observed.
Social sport, such as golf and tennis, is limited to two people outdoors, with physical distancing observed.
Gyms and other indoor fitness venues are closed.
Other community facilities can only stay open to host essential voluntary or public services, such as food banks or homeless services.
Massage services are only available if they provide massage therapy for the management or prevention of disease, injury or condition by a registered health practitioner or qualified massage therapist.
Restricted: Places of worship
Places of public worship are considered non-essential and are therefore closed, however, religious ceremonies can be livestreamed.
Weddings and funerals are the exception, with weddings limited to 10 people, and funerals limited to 20 people.
Cafes, pubs and restaurants in Greater Brisbane can only serve food to takeaway.
Dining in is not allowed.
Food markets and farmers markets will continue to operate.
Moderate: Real estate
Real estate auctions and open house inspections in the Greater Brisbane area may only be through private appointments.
Moderate: Public spaces
Public swimming pools, libraries, museums and galleries in Greater Brisbane will be closed. Brisbane City Council says residents are advised not to use dog parks or playgrounds during the lockdown.
Moderate: Travel and tourism
Those in Greater Brisbane may only leave home for essential reasons.
Those outside of Greater Brisbane are free to travel to Greater Brisbane, but they will be subject to the lockdown rules unless they are travelling through to an onward destination.
No curfew has been imposed.