Covid safe events

Event organisers seeking to hold an event in Queensland must adhere to the requirements set out in the Industry Framework for COVID Safe Events. Additionally, organisers will require approval from Cairns Regional Council if the event is held at a Council venue.

The key principle in staging events is to avoid overcrowding. Organisers should apply the one person per 4 square metre rule (for indoor events) and one person per 2 square metres (for outdoor events). Organisers also need to have a plan in place to protect attendees and different COVID plans depending on the number of people attending an event.

Events under approved COVID Safe Plan

Event organisers need to determine if the event can operate in compliance with  an existing approved COVID Safe Industry, Site-Specific or Professional Sporting Code Plan. The plan must cover all facets of the event.

The event organiser must also notify the local Public Health Unit of the event at least 10 business days prior to the event taking place if:

  • 500 people or more are attending an indoor event, or
  • 1000 people or more are attending an outdoor event.

Events not covered by COVID Safe Plan

If the event cannot operate under one of these plans then the event organiser must comply with the following:

Indoor Events
  • 500 people or fewer – must comply with COVID Safe Event Checklist. No further approval from Queensland Health needed
  • 500 – 10,000 people – must comply with a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by the local Public Health Unit
  • 10,000 people or more – must comply with a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by the Chief Health Officer
Outdoor Events
  • 1,000 people or fewer – must comply with the COVID Safe Event Checklist; no further approval from Queensland Health needed.
  • 1,000 – 10,000 people – must comply with a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by the local Public Health Unit
  • 10,000 people or more – must comply with a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by the Chief Health Officer

Council requests that all COVID Safe Event Checklists and COVID Safe Event Plans are provided to Council when operating within Council venues. Officers are available to assist with these documents.

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Last updated: 10 November 2020