COVID-19 restrictions Northern NSW and SE QLD

Northern Rivers LGAs out of lockdown.

Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley (Casino and surrounds) and Tweed LGAs are now out of lockdown, with the following conditions in place.

What you can do

The following freedoms will be available to all people in regional LGAs where stay-at-home orders have lifted:

Gatherings in the home and public spaces:

  • Up to five visitors will be allowed in a home (not including children 12 and under).
  • Up to 20 people can gather in outdoor settings.

Venues including hospitality, retail stores and gyms:

  • Hospitality venues can reopen subject to one person per 4sqm inside and one person per 2sqm outside, with standing while drinking permitted outside.
  • Retail stores can reopen under the one person per 4sqm rule.
  • Personal services such as hairdressers and nail salons can open with one person per 4sqm, capped at five clients per premises.
  • Gyms and indoor recreation facilities can open under the one person per 4sqm rule and can offer classes for up to 20 people.
  • Sporting facilities including swimming pools can reopen.


Schools will re-open with Level 3 COVIDSafe measures in place.

Stadiums, theatres and major outdoor recreation facilities:

  • Major recreation outdoor facilities including stadiums, racecourses, theme parks and zoos can reopen with one person per 4sqm, capped at 5,000 people.
  • Up to 500 people can attend ticketed and seated outdoor events.
  • Indoor entertainment and information facilities including cinemas, theatres, music halls, museums and galleries can reopen with one person per 4sqm or 75 per cent fixed seated capacity.

Weddings, funerals and places of worship:

  • Up to 50 guests can attend weddings, with dancing permitted and eating and drinking only while seated.
  • Up to 50 guests can attend funerals, with eating and drinking while seated.
  • Churches and places of worship to open subject to one person per 4sqm rule, with no singing.



  • Masks will remain mandatory for all indoor public venues, including public transport, front-of-house hospitality, retail and business premises, on planes and at airports.
  • Only hospitality staff will be required to wear a mask when outdoors.
  • Children aged under 12 will not need to wear a mask indoors.

South East QLD

The 11 Local Government Areas in South East Queensland will continue following stage 3 restrictions until 4.00pm AEST 24 September 2021.

These include:

  • City of Brisbane
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council
  • City of Gold Coast
  • City of Ipswich
  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council
  • Logan City
  • Noosa Shire Council
  • Redland City
  • Scenic Rim Regional Council
  • Somerset Regional Council
  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Current restrictions for the South East Queensland Local Government Areas include:

  • Up to 100 people in your home, including people who live there
  • Up to 200 people at an indoor wedding ceremony or funeral service or 1 person per 2 square metres or 100 per cent capacity with ticketed and allocated seating (whichever is greater).
  • Indoor wedding ceremonies must have a COVID Safe Checklist in place and collect contact details via the Check in Qld app.
  • Outdoor ceremonies have no restrictions and do not have to collect contact details.
  • There are no density restrictions for venues that operate only outdoors.
  • All indoor settings can have up to one person per 2 square metres or 100 per cent capacity with seated, ticket allocations including stadiums.

Tweed / Gold Coast “Border Zone” Pass

Travelling to Queensland
New changes to the New South Wales border zone from 13 September 2021

From 1am AEST Monday 13 September 2021, travel for work or volunteering that cannot be performed at home and to attend face-to-face learning at an educational institution, between Queensland and some Local Government Areas in the New South Wales border zone is allowed.

People crossing the border for work or volunteering that cannot be performed from home will need to have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

From 1am AEST 13 September 2021, there will be changes to the New South Wales border zone:

  • Non-restricted New South Wales border zone residents can cross the border for a variety of essential purposes, including work or volunteering.
  • Likewise, Queensland residents can enter the non-restricted New South Wales border zone for a variety of purposes and will not need to observe stay at home requirements when they return to Queensland

To enter Queensland from an LGA within the border zone you must:

  • complete a Queensland entry pass
  • get tested if you develop any COVID-19 symptoms after arriving in Queensland
  • monitor the list of interstate exposure venues daily (at least once every 24 hours) from the time you complete a declaration and for 14 days after arriving in Queensland
  • comply with face mask requirements.

When you receive your Queensland entry pass via email, you must read all instructions and be able to access it at all times (either in a printed version or on an electronic device).