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Queensland Covid Restrictions from 17 December 2021

Queensland restrictions from 17 December 2021

From 17 December 2021, restrictions on businesses will be further eased. Many businesses and venues will be able to return to operating at full capacity for those who are fully vaccinated however there will be restrictions for those who are not fully vaccinated.

New Restrictions for businesses

There will be no capacity restrictions on businesses that are only permitted to allow fully vaccinated people to attend, including:

  • hospitality venues such as hotels, pubs, clubs, taverns, bars, restaurants or cafes;
  • indoor entertainment venues such as nightclubs, live music venues, karaoke bars, concerts, theatres or cinemas;
  • outdoor entertainment activities such as sporting stadiums or theme parks;
  • festivals – either indoor or outdoor – such as musical festivals, folk festivals or arts festivals;
  • Queensland Government owned galleries, museums, or libraries.

Proof of Vaccination will be required to enter these businesses you are able to add your certificate to your check in app.

Restrictions for unvaccinated people

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.

Essential services and activities

Both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people will be able to access essential services and activities.

This means unvaccinated people will still be able to go to grocery stores, pharmacies, post offices, newsagents and clothing stores, and participate in activities like going to the gym for exercise.

Capacity restrictions may still be in place at these types of businesses and people will still need to check-in to venues. Vaccinated people can still carry the virus, although the risk is reduced.

Requirements for owners and operators – staff

From 17 December 2021 – a person who owns, controls or operates a business, activity or undertaking where COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement of entry or affects the occupant density requirements, must:

  1. request each staff member provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or evidence of medical contraindication (a reason for a person to not receive a particular treatment or procedure); and
  2. keep a record of their own and each staff member’s COVID-19 vaccination status, the type of proof of COVID-19 vaccination or evidence of a medical contraindication that was sighted; and
  3. ensure that staff who are unvaccinated are not permitted to enter, work in or provide services at the business, activity or undertaking;
  4. If requested, you must provide the information collected by the business.

Let your customers know about the changes

You should take reasonable steps to enforce the restrictions and to inform customers about their obligations before they enter your premises.

You can:

  • display the vaccination rules at your business premises;
  • ask for proof of vaccination from your customers at the time of check-in;
  • promote the requirement on your website and social media channels;
  • remind customers when they make a booking.

If a customer cannot or refuses to provide proof, politely ask the person to leave the premises.

If the person refuses to leave the premises, you may need to call the police.

Penalties for people refusing to comply are $1,378.50 for an individual.


Any person (including businesses) found in breach of the Public Health Directions and/or Public Health Act 2005, i.e. to whom a Direction/Act applies, without a reasonable excuse, could face a penalty of up to a maximum of 100 penalty units or 6 months’ imprisonment.

The penalty unit value in Queensland is $137.85 (current from 1 July 2021)

Useful Links

Current Restrictions.


Adding your vaccination certificate to your check in qld app


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