COVID-19 Information - Choose Brisbane


COVID-19 Information

7 August 2020

While the Queensland Government is easing restrictions in relation to its response to COVID-19, it’s important that we all stay safe and keep up to date with the latest information.

Current restrictions:

  • As of 1am Saturday 8 August all travellers from NSW, ACT and Victoria will be forced into hotel quarantine at their own expense if they travel to Queensland unless exempted by authorities. Please click here for further details and information on exemptions.

  • Unlimited recreational travel and overnight stays for Queenslanders across Queensland.

  • From 10 July 2020, any person travelling from New South Wales, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory may enter Queensland subject to completing and signing a border declaration and undertaking to present for a COVID-19 test if they develop symptoms.

  • Any person that has been in a declared COVID-19 hotspot during the past 14 days, including Victoria, must not enter Queensland. Exemptions apply. More information about state border regulations here.
  • Australia's international borders remain closed. 
  • Tourism experiences, accommodation, dining in restaurants, cafes, pubs, registered or licensed clubs, RSL Clubs, food courts and hotels, nightclubs, beauty therapies and casinos can all operate with required COVID Safe documentation in place. More information here
  • Concert venues, theatres and auditoriums can open, and events can be staged. 
  • Weddings and funerals up to 100 people.

Refer to the Queensland Government's roadmap for more information.

Travel into Australia remains restricted to Australian citizens, residents and their immediate family members only. Australians are not able to travel internationally at this time.

Brisbane Economic Development Agency encourages you to follow social distancing guidelines. We recommend you contact individual event organisers or businesses for accurate information on their operations.

24/7 Hotlines

  • National Coronavirus Helpline – call 131 450 or 1800 020 080
  • If you need urgent medical assistance - call 000 
  • Ambulance hotline for non-emergencies – call 13 12 33 
  • Queensland health advice - call 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84) 
  • Queensland public mental health service - call 1300 MH CALL (1300 642255

Further Assistance

Health updates

Travel and Visas

Updated Event and Activities Information

Brisbane EDA recommends that you contact individual organisers or operators to get accurate information on cancellations or changes. 

For Business

The Queensland and Australian Governments have dedicated customer representatives to explain the assistance available to business.

For an overview of Queensland Government support visit Business Queensland or contact the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training hotline on 1300 654 687 and [email protected].

For an overview of Australian Government support for business, including updated JobKeeper details, click here or talk over the phone, live chat or email from 8am – 8pm through the Coronavirus business support service. Phone: 13 28 46 or email Coronavirus business support.

Cash flow

Boosting cash flow for employers - provides up to $100,000 back to small and medium-sized businesses, with a minimum payment of $20,000 for eligible businesses. The payment will be tax free.

Support for immediate cash flow needs for SMEs – under the Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme, the Australian Government will provide a guarantee of 50% to support short-term loans. 

Supporting staff

Supporting apprentices and trainees - Eligible employers can apply for a wage subsidy of 50% of their apprentices' or trainees' wage paid during 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020.

Worker transition scheme - For workers who may find themselves without work.

Fair Work Australia - workplace obligations and entitlements – Help and advice for employers and employees with entitlements during this time.  

Tax, bill, fee and rent relief

Temporary relief for financially distressed businesses - The Australian Government is temporarily increasing the threshold at which creditors can issue a statutory demand.

Payroll tax relief package - payroll tax relief measures from Queensland Government including refunds of payroll tax and payroll tax holiday and deferrals. 

Rent relief - for small businesses who rent premises from the Queensland Government.

Tourism business support

Relief for Queensland tourism businesses includes: 
See the DITID website for more details. 

The Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) is offering free membership, advocacy and support.

Adapting your business model

Market diversification and resilience grants - To help develop alternative markets food and fishing exporters and critical supply chain partners

Supply chain issues - For manufacturers and businesses who are finding it difficult to obtain vital materials and supplies to remain open. 

Getting ready to rebound

Business Mentoring Assistance - Mentoring for Growth - The Mentoring for Growth program has mentors ready to connect with impacted small businesses and may be able to provide tailored support including financial mentoring and business planning.

Financial Resilience Workshops - Delivered by TAFE Queensland, these workshops will provide practical tools and skills to build business resilience as well as an opportunity to connect and network with other small businesses facing similar issues.

Local support