Queensland increases outdoor capacity

28 September, 2020 by Andy Young

The Queensland Government is increasing the amount of people allowed to gather in an outdoor public space, as it continues on its roadmap to recovery.

The density of people allowed in outdoor public space will change to one person per two square metres; Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the hospitality industry has been calling for the changes and that the changes will come into effect from 1am on October 1.

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“Because we are doing so well with COVID, we can actually ease more restrictions across Queensland,” the Premier said.

“We will be increasing the density from one per four square metres to one per two square metres outdoors.

“More people will be allowed to meet their friends in a local beer garden or at an outdoor cafe.

“This is going to be very welcome and means more people can enjoy outdoor cafes, dining and beer gardens across Queensland.”

She added: “We are able to do this because Queenslanders have done such a great job with COVID. We are on top of the health response, which means we can help the economy recover more, which means more people are allowed into these venues, which means more staff can come on as well. So hopefully we will see people back to work, as part of our economic plan for recovery.”

Deputy Premier Steven Miles added: “We’re also increasing the size of events that can go ahead with just a checklist, rather than a COVID-Safe Plan from 500 to 1000 for outdoor events, as well as allowing our stadiums to operate at 75 per cent capacity – an increase from the current cap of 50 per cent capacity.

“This is a further reward for Queensland as a further loosening of restrictions that will come into effect at 1am on 1 October. It’s perfect timing I think to be able to get out, get about and enjoy Queensland.”