COVID Safe Plans
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Outdoors Queensland/QORF has been working closely with representatives of the Queensland outdoor sector and the State Government to develop and update COVID Safe Plans that will provide guidance for outdoor organisations on their road back to operation post the pandemic.
The purpose of these COVID Safe Plans are to help the Queensland outdoor sector show the health authorities and the community that they operate sufficiently safely and can service more participants/customers than the baseline restrictions at each stage in Queensland’s Roadmap to Easing Restrictions (the Roadmap). The plans are accessible for all organisations in Queensland outdoor sector to consider (regardless of membership of an industry peak body such as Outdoors Queensland/QORF).
- If the COVID Safe Business Framework applies to your industry or business you are required to operate in accordance with it. (Source: Approved COVID Safe Industry Plans)
- If there is no COVID Safe Industry Plan for your business or organisation or you choose not to utilise the provisions of a COVID Safe Industry Plan, you can only continue to operate under the relevant conditions of the applicable stage of the Roadmap and as per the relevant Chief Health Officer public health directions. This may include limiting the number of customers on site, completing a mandatory COVID Safe Checklist and training.
While the two plans, one for Outdoor Recreation Activity Providers and the other for Outdoor Education Providers are designed for specific user groups, they do not provide the complete solution for either group. For example, activity providers may also need to refer to the Queensland Tourism and Accommodation plan, while outdoor educators may need to refer to the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) Campgrounds plan.
Recent Updates / Comments
Latest Updates (from March 13) from the Roadmap to easing restrictions include: (note the last one!)
- Gatherings: 50 people allowed to gather in homes and 100 in public spaces across Queensland. From 1am Saturday 13 March 100 people are allowed to gather in homes and 500 in public spaces.
- Indoor premises: One person per 2m2 (e.g. restaurants, cafés, pubs, clubs, museums, art galleries, places of worship, convention centres and Parliament House), including standing eating and drinking. Indoor play areas and unattended amusement and wellbeing machines) within a premises can open with a COVID Safe Checklist.
- Indoor events: 500 people permitted at indoor events with a COVID Safe Event Checklist. Larger events require a COVID Safe Plan.
- Outdoor events: 1500 people permitted at outdoor events with a COVID Safe Event Checklist. Larger events require a COVID Safe Plan.
- Open air stadiums: 100% seated capacity (with a COVID Safe Plan). All patrons encouraged to wear masks on entry and exit.
- Contact tracing information: All hospitality industry businesses (i.e. pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafés) in Queensland must comply with electronic contact information collection requirements.
- From 1am Saturday 13 March restrictions on caravan and camping parks of one person per 2 square metres are lifted.
Queensland Health have advised that the recent update to the Direction (No. 13), which requires an event plan for ‘multi-day events with onsite accommodation’ does not apply to events where the camping component is already covered under an industry plan.
Scout groups and other outdoor recreation providers that conduct activities which include overnight camping should continue to operate under their industry plan.
Queensland Health also advised they will flag this with the PHUs to ensure a consistent message is being provided.
On November 17, 2020, the approved industry COVID Safe Plan for Outdoor Recreation Activity Providers and the COVID Safe Plan for Outdoor Education Providers were updated on the Queensland government website to ensure that these plans align with the changes announced by the Chief Health Officer in the latest Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction (No. 9).
Sport and Recreation have advised as follows regarding the most recent changes set out in the new CHO direction:
These changes will have an impact on the sport, recreation and fitness industry, therefore updates will be made to the Industry COVID Safe Plans, the Return to Play Guide and other supporting information to reflect the below:
- Indoor premises: Increase from one per person per 4m2 to one per person per 2m2
- Indoor events: Seated, ticketed venues to increase from 50% to 100% capacity.
- Outdoor events: Increase outdoor events from 1000 to 1500 with a COVID Safe Event Checklist.
- Indoor and outdoor events: When attending events you are strongly encouraged to wear a mask when you are not sitting in your allocated seat and it is not possible to physically distance. This could include entering or exiting the venue, leaving your seat to go to the bathroom or purchasing food or drinks.
- Open air stadiums: Increase seated capacity from 75% to 100% (with a COVID Safe Plan).
Outdoor Education Providers please note:
Queensland Health has clarified the following base occupant densities for short term accommodation:
- No more than one person per 4 square metres for sleeping areas.
- One person per 2 square metres for common areas open to or used by guests.
People sharing sleeping quarters will be sleeping on average for six to eight hours a night in an enclosed space without a mask. This creates an increased risk of spreading the virus.
Under the COVID Safe Plan for Outdoor Education Providers, there is a change to the density requirements for sleeping arrangements for school-aged children (Page 9), but the 1 person per 4 square metres rule still applies to adults in sleeping areas.
COVID Safe Plan for Outdoor Recreation Activity Providers
This COVID SAFE Plan has been developed for Queensland Outdoor Recreation Activity Providers (including event organisers), who deliver organised outdoor activities to groups of participants.
Click button to read / download:
COVID Safe Plan for Outdoor Education Providers
This COVID SAFE Plan has been developed for Queensland Outdoor Education Providers (commonly referred to as school camp operators). Click button to read / download:
See also: COVID Safe School Events
Please note the following comment recently added to both industry plans (Education (page 5), Recreation (page 9):
Where there is an inconsistency between the Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction (the Direction) and this Industry Plan, the Direction will take precedence over the industry plan for the extent of the inconsistency.
Your COVID Safe Operational Plan
Organisations will need to modify their operational plans to show how within their operating environments they will achieve compliance with the protocols in an industry plan.
You can use a COVID Safe industry plan as a framework for developing your own operational plan – you do NOT need to submit your operational plan for approval. You need to develop your plan in accordance with the protocols set out in an approved industry plan, and implement it!
Outdoors Queensland will assist with implementation of the plan, but each organisation is regarded as the expert in their own operating environment.
Any organisation undertaking activity in accordance with an industry plan must print, sign and display a Statement of Compliance.
For the most up to date information on running COVID Safe Events, go to/download:
- COVID Safe Events (Queensland Government)
- How to run COVID Safe Events in Queensland (Tourism & Events Queensland)
- Businesses, activities and undertakings (Queensland Government)
- COVID Safe Plans & Guidelines (Queensland Tourism Industry Council)
- COVID-CLEAN (Queensland Tourism Industry Council)
- COVID Safe Businesses (Queensland Government)
- Frequently Asked Questions (Queensland Government)
- How to be COVID Safe – and share it
Please note that Sport & Recreation have confirmed that under the COVID Safe Plan for Outdoor Education Providers, “camps” are not classified as events with on-site camping components.
On March 25, The Department Tourism, Innovation and Sport hosted an industry webinar on COVID Safe event planning to help event organisers understand the restrictions and requirements in place in order to safely run events in Queensland. It was a simple yet informative presentation well worth checking out of you are planning an event.
The COVID Safe Events in Queensland Frequently Asked Questions has been updated (March 3). Note:
I think my event falls under an approved COVID Safe Industry Plan. Do I need to follow the Industry Framework for COVID Safe Events? How can I be sure I’m following the correct Plan and adhering to relevant requirements?
Event Organisers should identify whether any of the following Approved Plans are applicable to their event in whole or in part:
- COVID Safe Industry Plans for specific industries, such as community sports, live music and hotels
- Site Specific COVID Safe Plan for the venue in which the event is being held, such as a stadium or convention centre
- COVID Safe Professional Sporting Code Plans for professional sporting events.
Where an Approved Plan covers all facets of the event, the event may operate in compliance with the Approved Plan rather than in
accordance with the COVID Safe Event Checklist or a COVID Safe Event Plan. (read more)
I’m delivering an outdoor recreation event. Do I follow the Outdoor Recreation Activity Providers COVID Safe Industry Plan or the Industry Framework for COVID Safe Events?
Where the Outdoor Recreation Activity Providers COVID Safe Industry Plan covers all facets of the event, the event may operate in compliance
with that Plan rather than in accordance with the COVID Safe Event Checklist or a COVID Safe Event Plan.
Where only parts of an event are covered by the Outdoor Recreation Activity Providers Industry Plan, event organisers must develop a COVID Safe Event Plan or use the COVID Safe Event Checklist (if less than 500 people). The COVID Safe Event Plan should refer to the relevant components of the Outdoor Recreation Activity Providers Industry Plan which are applicable to the respective parts of the event
- Read and review the COVID Safe Plan(s) appropriate for your organisation – it may be necessary for some outdoor activity providers to also review the Queensland Tourism and Accommodation Plan and/or the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) Campgrounds Plan.
- Develop your own COVID Safe Operational Plan based on the appropriate COVID Safe Plan(s).
- Train your staff in how to work within your new COVID Safe Operational Plan.
- Update/inform your contractors and suppliers regarding your COVID Safe Operational Plan.
- Share your COVID Safe Operational Plan with the land/ water managers of the outdoor spaces you access (if appropriate).
- Update/inform your insurer regarding your COVID Safe Operational Plan.
- Complete and display a Statement of Compliance to demonstrate you are operating as a COVID Safe Business.
- If you need help understanding the COVID Safe Plan(s) please email staff at the Queensland Government Sport & Recreation Centres on email@example.com
- If you would like your new COVID Safe Operational Plan assessed against the COVID Safe Plans for Outdoor Recreation Activity Providers or Outdoor Education Providers, consider engaging a consultant to do an external assessment. The following QORF members have indicated that they are willing to assist (if any other consultants would like to be added to this list, please contact us):
- It is not necessary to lodge your COVID Safe Operational Plan with QORF/Outdoors Queensland or any government agency for approval.
It is recommended that your COVID Safe Operational Plan is well considered, well laid out and that you are able to justify your choices and actions if necessary
- A Provider can choose not to opt-in to a COVID Safe Plan. However it can only it continue to operate under the more limited conditions of the applicable stage of the Roadmap and as per the relevant Chief Health Officer public health directions.
As further discussion on the implementation of COVID Safe Plans will be included in our weekly Coffee & Conversation online chats, we encourage organisations to register and join us every second Friday morning at 11.00 am.
Please go to Resources & Support if you have any questions or need further support from Sport & Recreation. This page will be updated regularly with answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), fact sheets and links.
Submit your questions to SR_Covid19@npsr.qld.gov.au
The information on this page has been taken from credible sources and is shared with the best of intentions. While we have have done our best to provide the most up to date information, we cannot take responsibility for any person or organisation suffering as a result of using the information shared on this page. It is the responsibility of all organisations to do their research, to comply with all relevant legislation and to be aware of current government advice.