COVID-19: City updates & impacts

Latest updates

From 4pm Saturday 31 July 2021 to 4pm Tuesday 3 August 2021, people in South-East Queensland, including the Gold Coast, will be required to stay at home except for essential reasons. For full details on the lockdown, please visit

City services update

Closed from 4pm Saturday 31 July:

  • City libraries
  • Customer contact centres
  • Aquatic centres
  • Sporting venues (including Coomera Indoor and Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre)
  • Community centres
  • Olympic Live Site at Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach
  • Bouncy Pillow and Rockpools at Broadwater Parklands

Cancelled from 4pm Saturday 31 July:

  • Active & Healthy classes
  • NaturallyGC program
  • City events

Other services:

  • City Waste and Recycling Centres remain open for essential visits. Waste collection services will proceed as usual. Please continue to put your bins out the night before collection day.
  • We will continue to patrol our beaches. We urge Gold Coasters to stay home and follow the Queensland Government advice regarding restrictions.


The Gold Coast is included in the Queensland Health face mask directive for the people in South-East Queensland.

You must wear a face mask at all times when you leave home, including outdoors and for exercise, unless you have a lawful reason not to.

You must wear a mask in indoor spaces, such as:

  • shopping centres and supermarkets
  • hospitals and aged care facilities, if permitted to visit
  • indoor workplaces (where safe to wear a mask and you can't physically distance)
  • public transport, taxis and rideshare, and waiting places or queues for this transport, and
  • airports and travelling on planes.

Masks do not need to be worn in some circumstances, including children under 12 years, where people have certain medical conditions, and in workplaces where it is not safe to do so. Masks may be removed when sitting down to eat and drink and for employment purposes.

Mask wearing will be required for students, teachers and staff at high schools. Staff at primary schools will be required to wear masks.

Contact tracing

Queensland Health has issued contact tracing alerts for multiple sites across Queensland, including the Gold Coast. Current exposure venues are listed on the Queensland Health website.

COVID-19 testing

Queensland Health has increased COVID-19 testing across the city. For up-to-date locations visit Queensland Health.

Queensland Police Service

The Queensland Police Service (QPS) is providing ongoing support to Queensland Health as part of a coordinated whole of government response to COVID-19. Police have certain powers under the Public Health Act 2005 (Qld) to ensure compliance with the intent of the legislation, and penalty provisions apply.

Complaints about non–compliance with current social distancing regulations should be referred to Police link hotline 131 444.

Community support

The City supports Queensland Health as the lead agency for coronavirus (COVID-19) information.

Our Supporting our communities page provides a wide range of information to help you to:

  • stay safe
  • stay connected
  • stay informed.

If you have no other means of getting food or essential items, call the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349. This hotline has been activated by the Queensland Government to assist people who have been advised to quarantine at home by a medical professional, Queensland Health or through government direction and have no other mechanisms for support.

Business information

Queensland Government requirements are changing regularly. It's important that you regularly check the Queensland Government COVID-19 update along with the businesses, activities and undertakings information, and review your business processes to ensure they are consistent with current requirements.

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