Covid-19 Sport, Recreation and Fitness restriction updates

by jgrey on January 22, 2021

From 1am, Friday 22 January 2021 restrictions have eased for the Greater Brisbane region (Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton, and Redlands). This brings the Greater Brisbane region back in line with the rest of Queensland. The Roadmap to Easing Queensland Restrictions is now available on the website providing an overview of the current restrictions impacting Queenslanders.

As a reminder, please note the following restrictions are specific to the sport, recreation and fitness industries.

Compliance with an Industry COVID Safe Plan continues to play a vital role in our return to play:

  • The total number of people to attend the activity, training and/or competition at indoor venues is to be based on occupant density of one person per two square metres regardless of facility size.
  • For outdoor venues, physical distancing off the field of play is required.
  • Physical contact permitted on the field of play only.
  • At all other times, participants, coaches, officials, trainers and spectators are to observe physical distancing requirements.
  • Keep following the mandatory record keeping requirements for tracking and tracing purposes.

When running a COVID Safe Event:

  • Indoor events: 500 people permitted at indoor events with a COVID Safe Event Checklist
  • Indoor events can allow up to 100% of seated capacity when patrons are in ticketed, allocated seating.
  • Outdoor events: 1500 people permitted at outdoor events with a COVID Safe Event Checklist
  • Larger events require a COVID Safe Plan

Open air stadiums can have 100% seated capacity (operating under COVID Safe Plan) with all patrons encouraged to wear masks on entry and exit.

While face masks are no longer mandatory, you are encouraged to:

  • carry a mask with you at all times when you leave home
  • wear a mask when travelling on public transport, in a taxi or ride share or in shopping centres
  • wear a mask in any indoor and outdoor space when physical distancing is not possible

For more information please visit the Return to Play website or contact the team at

Thank you once again for your support as we continue to operate in a COVID safe manner to protect the health and wellbeing of Queenslanders.

Chad Anderson

A/ Assistant Director General

Sport and Recreation  
Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport