Current as of April 29, 2022

Latest close contact rules

You are considered a close contact if:

  • You are living with someone infected with the virus.

  • You have spent four hours or longer with someone in a home, or a health or aged-care setting since they developed COVID.

The following changes to Queensland's COVID-19 close contact rules are currently in effect:

  • Close contacts no longer required to quarantine provided they have no symptoms.

If you're a close contact, you can continue your daily routine provided that you:

  • Test negative every second day for a week from the day of becoming a close contact (day 0, 2, 4 and 6). A self-test using a RAT kit will be allowed, testing does not need to occur at a testing clinic.

  • Wear a mask outside of home for seven days.

  • Don’t visit any vulnerable settings for seven days.

  • Let your employer know you are a close contact, and work from home if possible.

Anyone who has any COVID-19 symptoms must isolate at home until symptoms resolve, even if they test negative on a RAT.

Latest international arrivals rules

International arrivals (vaccinated or unvaccinated) don't need to quarantine provided that they:

  • Have no COVID-19 symptoms

  • Test negative within 24 hours of arriving, or if any symptoms develop

  • Don’t visit any vulnerable settings for seven days

Anyone who has any COVID-19 symptoms must isolate at home until symptoms resolve, even if they test negative on a RAT.


Eased restrictions

As of 1:00am April 14, people will no longer need to prove they have had two doses of a vaccine before heading into cafes, pubs and clubs. This also includes theme parks, casinos, cinemas, weddings, showgrounds, stadiums, galleries, libraries and museums.

The mandate will still apply for vulnerable settings including schools, hospitals, correctional and aged care facilities.


As of Friday, March 4, 2022, the following face mask rules will be instigated as per the Queensland government:

  • Masks will no longer be required indoors, except in hospitals, residential aged care, disability accommodation, prisons, public transport, airports and on planes.

  • Masks will no longer be required in schools, including for staff, students and visitors.

  • Masks will still be recommended whenever you can’t social distance.

  • There will be no limit on the number of visitors you can have in your home at one time.

  • Venues and events will no longer have capacity limits.

Until the aforementioned face mask rules are officially implemented, you must wear a mask indoors everywhere in Queensland. This includes:

  • All indoor workplaces

  • Public transport and rideshare

  • Supermarkets and retail shops

  • Hospitality venues including pubs, clubs and cafes

  • Cinemas and theatres

  • Indoor stadium, sports arena or sports centre

  • Gyms and sport activities

  • Vulnerable settings like hospitals and aged care

  • Schools, childcare and other education facilities

  • Airports and on planes

Critical essential workers who are close contacts permitted to work

Critical essential workers in Queensland who are deemed close contacts are allowed to work, under new rules in Queensland. However this does come with some caveats as follows:

  • You must be asymptomatic

  • You must work in a critical industry AND be classified as a critical essential worker by your employer

  • You're only released from quarantine to go to work but not for any other reason

  • You must be fully vaccinated and wear PPE at all times

  • You are not permitted to use public transport - therefore you must travel to work in personal transport or transport organised by your employer

Critical essential work includes:

  • health (private hospitals included)

  • emergency services

  • resource sector

  • power and utilities

  • agriculture and fisheries

  • production

  • freight and logistics

  • public transport

  • teachers

  • essential retail such as supermarkets

  • and stores in remote locations and communities

Return to school

The Back to School plan will take place between February 7 and March 4, and will cover Kindergarten on school sites, Prep to Year 12 and Early Childhood Development Programs.

The key features of the plan that you need to know include:

  • Priority access to Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) at Queensland Health testing clinics for students and staff who have COVID-19 symptoms.

  • RATs available in schools for students and staff who develop symptoms while on site.

  • Mandatory mask wearing for staff in all schools, and all high school students.

  • Masks supplied and strongly encouraged for students in Years 3 to 6.

  • Suspension of school camps, excursions, assemblies, and large gatherings.

  • Limiting visitors on school sites, with exceptions for parents and carers of students experiencing vulnerability, and all students attending Early Childhood Development Programs, Kindergarten, Prep or Year 1 students.

  • Limiting face-to-face staff meetings, professional development, and face-to-face parent-teacher interviews.

All these new measures are in addition to the COVID-safe measures already in place.

Curriculum activities and school sport will continue as normal during this time.

Helpful information:

Stay updated by visiting the QLD Government website.


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