COVID-19: City updates & impacts

Latest updates

The 11 Local Government Areas in South East Queensland will continue following stage 3 restrictions until 4pm AEST 24 September 2021.

Current restrictions for the South East Queensland Local Government Areas and the rest of Queensland include:

  • Up to 100 people in your home, including people who live there
  • Up to 200 people at an indoor wedding ceremony or funeral service or 1 person per 2 square metres or 100% capacity with ticketed and allocated seating (whichever is greater). Indoor wedding ceremonies must have a COVID Safe Checklist in place and collect contact details via the Check in Qld app. Outdoor ceremonies have no restrictions and contact details do not have to be collected
  • There are no density restrictions for venues that operate only outdoors. All indoor settings can have up to 1 person per 2 square metres or 100% capacity with seated ticket allocations including stadiums

Restrictions on travel into Queensland remain in place. Essential reasons to cross the border are listed here.

For full details on restrictions, please visit qld.gov.au/health

Business support

The City of Gold Coast is working to support local businesses and protect local jobs, ensuring we’re on the road to recovery through COVID-19 impacts.

Since initial impacts of the changing public health situation in 2020, we have taken action to deliver initiatives designed to support the Gold Coast's recovery. Further information outlining our Community and Small Business Relief package is now available.

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.

Community support

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

For information about hardship payment plans to help you manage your rates and water bills, visit our Payment plans page.

Further details of our Community and Small Business Relief package are now available.

Visit Supporting our communities for a 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.

COVID-19 vaccination

We continue to support the Gold Coast's recovery from the economic impacts of COVID-19.

As our city responds to this challenge, there is assistance available to help keep our community, our businesses and workers safe. For vaccination information visit the Queensland Health website.

Masks

Face mask restrictions continue to apply to the 11 Local Government Areas in South East Queensland, including the Gold Coast until 4pm Friday 24 September.

Outdoors

You must only wear a face mask outdoors when you are unable to stay 1.5 metres away from people who are not from your household. You must also wear a face mask at public transport waiting areas or taxi ranks and in outdoor workplaces unless:

  • you are alone or with the members of your household
  • you are alone in your car or with the members of your household
  • you are eating or drinking
  • you are participating in strenuous exercise
  • it is unsafe to wear a mask.

Indoors

You must wear a face mask at all times when you are indoors, including workplaces unless:

  • you can stay 1.5 metres away from others (only in your workplace)
  • you are at your residence and there is no one else there except people you live with
  • you are eating or drinking
  • it is unsafe to wear a mask.

Masks must also be worn when at stadiums, at an airport, and on a domestic or international flight departing or arriving in Queensland. Masks must be worn by teachers and staff (all schools), plus all students in high school regardless of their age.

There are some other exceptions to wearing face masks, including for children under 12 (unless they are in high school) and people with particular medical conditions or disabilities. If in doubt, wear a face mask.

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.

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