QLD doubles outdoor dining density, lifts stadium capacity

QLD doubles outdoor dining density, lifts stadium capacity

Hospitality venues in Queensland will be able to have more patrons outdoors as of 1 October, while there will also be less bureaucracy for event organisers and more sports fans allowed into stadiums. 

Deputy Premier Steven Miles said this morning the permitted density for outdoor spaces such as beer gardens, courtyards, al fresco dining and verandahs would go from the current 4 square metres to 2 square metres next month.

"We're also increasing the size of events that can go ahead with just a checklist, rather than a COVID Safe plan from 500 to 1,000 for outdoor events, as well as allowing our stadiums to operate at 75 per cent capacity - an increase from the current cap of 50 per cent capacity," Miles said.

"This is a further reward for Queensland as a further loosening of restrictions that will come into effect at 1am on 1 October. It's perfect timing I think to be able to get out, get about and enjoy Queensland."

Next month the state's border bubble with northern NSW will also be expanded to Byron Shire, Ballina Shire, the City of Lismore, Richmond Valley and Glen Innes.

Gathering restrictions have been lifted to 30 as of today in Brisbane and Ipswich, and the state will also be letting in travellers from the ACT so long as they arrive by plane and have filled out a border declaration pass.

Photo: Plough Inn

Updated at 9:49am AEST on 25 September 2020.

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