Queensland restrictions at 80% vaccination

On 17 December 2021, Queensland is set to ease restrictions for entry to Queensland. This is the date when we expect at least 80% of Queenslanders, 16 years and older, to be double vaccinated.

Modelling indicates that when we ease border restrictions on hotspot areas, the virus will start to circulate in our community. We will see outbreaks, which will be difficult for our hospitals to manage, particularly in areas of Queensland with low vaccination rates.

Because of this, restrictions will be in place for unvaccinated people when we reach the target of 80% double vaccination.

Restrictions for unvaccinated people

When Queensland hits the target of 80% double dose, unvaccinated people will be unable to:

  • Visit vulnerable settings, including hospitals, residential aged care, disability care accommodation, and prisons. 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 (including TOOWOOMBA TURF CLUB).
  • Attend indoor entertainment venues such as nightclubs, live music venues, karaoke bars, concerts, theatres or cinemas.
  • Attend outdoor entertainment activities such as sporting stadiums or theme parks.
  • Attend festivals – either indoor or outdoor – such as musical festivals, folk festivals or arts festivals.
  • Attend Queensland Government owned galleries, museums or libraries.

These restrictions target non-essential leisure activities including attending hospitality venues (hotels, pubs, clubs, taverns, bars, restaurants and cafes) and entertainment venues (nightclubs, live music venues, stadiums, theatres, cinemas and festivals).

These activities are not essential for people to meet their basic needs, but present a considerable risk to contributing to an outbreak in our community when our borders reopen.

If you are fully vaccinated

A person is considered fully vaccinated when they have had two doses of a TGA approved vaccine.

Density restrictions will not apply to any venue or activity where only fully vaccinated people are in attendance.

People will still need to check-in to venues. This is important to support contact tracing if there is a case at a venue. Vaccinated people can still carry the virus, although the risk is reduced.