COVID Safe Event Requirements

COVID 19 Restrictions apply to all events.

The planned event must be hosted in accordance with the following conditions:

  • Fewer than 500 people (indoors) and 1500 people (outdoors)—can proceed by following the COVID Safe Event Checklist, no further approval needed
  • Between 500 people (indoors) / 1500 people (outdoors) and 10,000 people—develop a COVID Safe Event Plan and submit via the COVID Safe Event Plan Submission Portal for approval by the local Public Health Unit.
  • Over 10,000 people—develop a COVID Safe Event Plan and submit via the COVID Safe Event Plan Submission Portal for approval by the Queensland Chief Health Officer 20 business days before the event.
  • Multi-day events involving on-site accommodation including camping—develop a COVID Safe Event Plan and submit via the COVID Safe Event Plan Submission Portal for approval by the local public health unit or the Chief Health Officer regardless of how many people are attending.

Organisers of events larger than 500 (indoors) / 1000 (outdoor*) people and operating in compliance with an Approved Plan other than a COVID Safe Event Plan must notify the Public Health Unit of the event a minimum of 10 business days before the event via the COVID Safe Event Plan Submission Portal

The Industry Framework for COVID Safe Events has been developed and sets out key public health principles and event-specific public health strategies that will limit the transmission of COVID-19 at events and help event organisers operate safely and is applicable for all events. The Framework does not alter the existing approval arrangements that apply to events. As an event organiser, you are still required to obtain the relevant approvals/permits from the venue/land owner, Council and/or Queensland Police Service.

Should you have any queries relating to the Industry Framework for COVID Safe Events contact the Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport.

For further information regarding COVID Safe requirements visit https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/government-actions/covid-safe-events