Check In Qld app
You must continue to use the Check In Qld app for entry to businesses where vaccination is a condition of entry:
- hospitality venues including cafés, restaurants, pubs, clubs, RSL clubs, taverns, function centres, bars, wineries, distilleries and microbreweries, but not including food courts
- entertainment venues including nightclubs, indoor live music venues, karaoke bars, concerts, theatres, cinema, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, casinos and gaming venues, convention and entertainment centres, adult entertainment venues and brothels, theme parks, and tourism experiences, zoos aquariums and wildlife centres, and showgrounds
- stadiums (indoor and outdoor), for all major sporting matches and other events with capacity for 5000 or more visitors. However, the Check In Qld app is not required for sporting stadiums with a capacity of less than 5000
- Government-owned galleries, museums and libraries
- wedding ceremonies and receptions, when more than 20 people attend, including the wedding party and officials
- private hire of a venue, where more than 20 people attend
- vulnerable settings (hospitals, residential aged care and disability accommodation services).
There are no density restrictions on these businesses.
The Check In Qld app is no longer required for entering businesses where vaccination is not a condition of entry.
Collection of contact information by business operators
Operators of businesses where vaccination is required as a condition of entry must continue to collect contact information, proof of vaccination or evidence of medical contraindication from all staff, guests and patrons when entering the establishment by using the Check In Qld app.
If a business operator cannot use the Check-In Qld app, they must use alternative measures to record the contact information details.
Obligation of staff
For businesses where vaccination is required as a condition of entry, any member of staff must give their contact information, proof of COVID-19 vaccination or evidence of medical contraindication by using the Check-In Qld app or another measure of record keeping before entering their place of work.
A staff member is not required to give their contact information, proof of vaccination or evidence of medical contraindication if they are:
- under the age of 16 years
- entering to provide emergency services
- exercising law enforcement
- at risk of safety.
You must provide your contact information, proof of COVID-19 vaccination or evidence of medical contraindication by using the Check-In Qld app or another method of record-keeping, before entering a business establishment in which vaccination is a requirement of entry.
A person may give these entry requirements on behalf of another person who:
- is under the age of 16 years
- has a disability
- speaks a language other than English and is unable to understand the Check-In Qld app
- has barriers because of the technology used in relation to the App.
A person is not required to give their contact information, proof of vaccination or evidence of medical contraindication if they are:
- under the age of 16 years
- in primary or secondary school and is part of a group attending an activity organised by a school, sporting team or community group
- exercising law enforcement
- a staff member entering to provide emergency services or works
- at risk of safety.
- a group of students attending a museum for a school excursion do not need to show proof of vaccination
- a firefighter responding to an emergency call may enter a business during a fire without showing proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
Restrictions for unvaccinated people
Unvaccinated people are not permitted to:
- visit vulnerable settings, including hospitals, residential aged care, disability accommodation services, and prisons. This does not apply to residents and patients of these facilities, and there will be some exceptions for medical treatment, end-of-life visits, childbirth and emergency situations
- attend hospitality venues such as hotels, pubs, clubs, taverns, bars, restaurants or cafes
- attend indoor entertainment venues such as nightclubs, live music venues, karaoke bars, concerts, theatres or cinemas, and planetariums
- attend outdoor entertainment activities such as sporting stadiums, theme parks or tourism experiences like reef excursions and observatories
- attend festivals – either indoor or outdoor – such as musical festivals, folk festivals or arts festivals
- attend Queensland Government-owned galleries, museums or libraries.
If anyone attending a wedding is unvaccinated, the wedding is restricted to a maximum of 20 people.
Funerals will not be limited to only vaccinated people. This is because funerals sometimes occur at short notice and often under difficult circumstances, making it hard to ensure all attendees are vaccinated. There are no occupant density limits on funerals.
Venues used for private hire have no capacity limit if people attending are fully vaccinated. However, if there is a person attending who is not fully vaccinated, a maximum of 20 people are permitted.
The restrictions in place target non-essential leisure activities which are not essential for people to meet their basic needs but present a considerable risk to contributing to an outbreak in our community.
Visitor restrictions to paediatric healthcare settings
There are visitor restrictions for unvaccinated people in vulnerable facilities including hospitals and healthcare facilities.
These restrictions do not apply to:
- vaccinated parents, carers or guardians
- families accessing emergency or end of life care for a child or young person.
No child or young person or their parent, carer or guardian will be denied access to care or treatment based on their vaccination status.
We recognise that children and young people generally present to hospital and other healthcare services with a parent, carer or guardian and will ensure that family support is continued in a COVID-safe way.
There are some restrictions for unvaccinated parents, carers and guardians accompanying a child or young person to healthcare facilities. These include:
- Only one unvaccinated parent, carer or guardian can accompany a child or young person to an appointment or admission.
- An accompanying unvaccinated parent, carer or guardian must wear a single-use surgical face mask and will be required to limit their movements to areas where they can safely physically distance from others.
- The unvaccinated accompanying parent, carer or guardian must have a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of entering the hospital for all admissions.
There may be situations that require special consideration which will be worked through on a case-by-case basis as required. This includes an exemption request for a second parent, carer or guardian to attend an appointment or admission.
There are no restrictions for unvaccinated siblings and other visitors under 16 years of age.
The safety of patients, families and staff is a priority, and ongoing infection control measures will ensure safe, timely and consistent access to healthcare for children and young people throughout the next stage of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Essential services and activities
Both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people are able to access essential services and activities.
This means unvaccinated people may still go to grocery stores, pharmacies, post offices, newsagents and clothing stores, and participate in activities like going to the gym for exercise.
Fully vaccinated means a person has had the required two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine. It does not include a booster shot or a two-week wait after the second dose.
Proof of vaccination
Proof of vaccination verifies that a person is fully vaccinated. Before entering a business establishment or venue in which vaccination is required, there are several ways you can show your proof of vaccination (may be printed or electronic):
- your vaccination information is displayed on the Check-in Qld app. Find out how to add your proof of vaccination status to the Check-in Qld app
- written confirmation of COVID-19 vaccination provided to you as part of the vaccination process, such as your record of vaccine card
- a COVID-19 digital certificate or printed vaccination certificate from the Australian Immunisation Register
- an online or printed immunisation history statement for COVID-19 vaccination, including confirmation of a medical contraindication. Your COVID-19 vaccination certificate can be viewed or printed through:
- an International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate:
- in a printed or electronic form from the Department of Home Affairs that confirms completion of an Australia Travel Declaration and vaccination against COVID-19 overseas; or
- through Medicare online account through MyGov or the Medicare mobile app; or
- an official record of vaccination provided to the person when vaccinated against COVID-19 overseas.
If you are unable to receive a COVID-19 vaccination because of a medical contraindication or participation in a COVID-19 vaccination trial, you must provide evidence. If you present a valid medical contraindication or evidence of participation in a COVID-19 vaccine trial you will be treated as if you are fully vaccinated for entry and density requirements.
You do not need to present proof of vaccination (or evidence of a medical contraindication) if any of these apply:
- you are younger than 16 years
- you are exercising law enforcement, intelligence, or national security functions on behalf of a government agency
- to undertake a legislated regulatory or compliance function, where delay in carrying out the function would cause a safety risk
- as part of official union duties in response to an emergent need
- if it would present a risk to your safety.
Exemption from COVID-19 vaccination
The persons who are exempted from getting a COVID-19 vaccination include those who have medical contraindications or are participating in a COVID-19 vaccine trial.
A person who cannot be vaccinated must show evidence of contraindication. This is a medical certificate stating that a person is exempted from getting a COVID-19 vaccination. This can be downloaded from the Australian Immunisation Register.
A legally qualified medical practitioner is required to complete the medical exemption form and record this on the Australian Immunisation Register.
A person that has evidence of a medical contraindication will be treated as if they are fully vaccinated and may be permitted to enter and remain in business venues with eased restrictions for fully vaccinated people.
COVID-19 vaccine trial
A person who is not vaccinated but participating in a COVID-19 vaccine trial must provide a medical certificate or a letter from a medical practitioner certifying that the person is currently taking part in a COVID-19 vaccine trial.