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2 October 2020

The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training is sending this message to keep you informed of the latest assistance from the Queensland and Australian Governments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Plan to ease COVID-19 restrictions released

The Queensland Government has launched a clear plan to ease COID-19 restrictions during October, November and December.

Stage 4 of the
roadmap for easing restrictions commenced on 1 October with border zone changes and an increase in patron density limits for outdoor events, open air stadiums and outdoor hospitality spaces. From 4pm today (2 October) patrons at venues with a COVID Safe Plan will be permitted to stand when eating or drinking. You can find information on current business restrictions on

Stage 5 could start from 1am Sunday 1 November and, if there is no unlinked community transmission for 28 days, will see the Queensland border open up to NSW visitors and returning travellers. Stage 5 could also see public gatherings increase to 40 people and allow up to 40 people to dance at a wedding with a COVID Safe Plan.

Stage 6, anticipated from 1am 1 December, could see public gatherings increase to 50 people, increased attendances at outdoor events and no restrictions on people dancing at weddings.

Importantly the plan outlines what will happen if there is community transition in Queensland and the measures that may be put in place in impacted parts of the State. 

Queenslanders are reminded to maintain physical distancing, wear a facemask in public when physical distancing is not possible, wash your hands and get tested and stay at home if you are sick.

Key resources

Queensland Government COVID-19 website: Unite and Recover Economic Recovery Strategy, Roadmap to easing restrictions and COVID Safe checklists and plans.

COVID-19 business assistance finder

Current Public Health Directions - Businesses, activities and undertakings

Jobs Finder Queensland: Connecting Queenslanders looking for work with a network of recruitment and employment agencies.

Free online training: Courses available from TAFE Queensland, CQUniversity and through the GO1 Queensland Small Business Skills Hub and Skills Focus Queensland training hub

Queensland Small Business Commissioner: Leasing advice and dispute resolution. 


Download the COVIDSafe app from the Apple Store or Google Play.
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