The show must go on – again: Industry Framework for COVID Safe Events in Queensland

Events will be an important part of bringing our industry and our community back to life.  As restrictions are eased, event organisers can plan for a return to business with gradually increasing confidence. An important part of preparing for a COVID-safe event future is an understanding of evolving social distancing and hygiene requirements and reassuring event attendees of our professional practices.

This Industry Framework for Events has been released today, approved by the Chief Health Officer. It reflects the public health restrictions applicable in Queensland as set out under Queensland’s Roadmap to easing COVID-19 restrictions and the Chief Health Officer Public Health Directions. It has been endorsed by Queensland Health. This Industry Framework for Events is subject to change, in accordance with public health requirements. 

The Framework for Events was developed by the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) in conjunction with Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) and the Department of State Development, Tourism and Innovation (DSDTI), and in collaboration with industry stakeholders and Queensland Health.  Professional expertise was provided by Griffith University.

The document serves as a guide for event organisers for events in Queensland. It sets out public health principles and provides strategies to assist event organisers to deliver events in the context of COVID-19. Event Organisers remain responsible for adhering to all applicable Queensland Public Health Directions and for obtaining relevant approvals pertaining to their events. Event organisers are expected to regularly monitor the effectiveness of measures as well as new public health advice and review risk management measures accordingly.

This Industry Framework for Events is publicly available on the Queensland Government COVID-19 website along with approved Industry COVID Safe Plans, for Event Organisers to access.

The Roadmap to easing Queensland’s restrictions states.
More events allowed:
  • fewer than 500 people – no approval needed when following a COVID Safe Event Checklist
  • 500 to 10,000 people – need a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by local public health units over
  • 10,000 people – need a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by the Queensland Chief Health Officer