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COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic


Restrictions within the Torres Strait Island Regional Council local government area, and greater Torres Strait region are changing as Queensland moves towards a state-wide COVID-19 safe recovery.

As updates are available, they will be listed here. Bookmark this page and check back regularly.



Roadmap to Easing Restrictions:

From 12 noon 3rd July 2020, the following changes to restrictions came into place:

Family, friends and community:

  • Private, non-commercial (e.g. home) gatherings of up to 100 with friends and family
  • Weddings and funerals (max 100 people)§
  • Maximum number of persons at museums, art galleries, libraries and historic sites determined by the one person per 4 square metre rule
  • Sport, recreation and fitness organisations when following a COVID Safe Industry Plan:
    • resumption of activity including competition and physical contact is permitted on the field of play
    • indoor sports facilities can open with one person per 4 square metres (off the field of play)§
    • outdoor sports facilities can open with physical distancing (off the field of play).

Businesses and economy:

  • Maximum number of customers for a business at any one time is determined by the 4 square metre rule¥^
  • For smaller venues below 200 square metres, businesses can have one person per 2 square metres up to 50 persons at a time§¥
  • The following businesses and areas may re-open with a COVID Safe Plan:
    • casinos, gaming and gambling venues (including electronic gaming machines)
    • non-therapeutic massage^
    • saunas and bathhouses^
    • nightclubs
    • food courts
  • Office-based workers can return to their place of work
  • Up to 25,000 spectators or 50% of capacity (whichever is the lesser) at Queensland’s Major Sports Facilities, with a COVID Safe Plan
  • Concert venues, theatres and auditoriums can open and have up to 50% capacity or one person per 4 square metres (whichever is the greater), with a COVID Safe Plan
  • More events allowed:
    • fewer than 500 people – no approval needed when following a COVID Safe Event Checklist
    • 500 to 10,000 people – need a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by local public health units
    • over 10,000 people – need a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by the Queensland Chief Health Officer
  • COVID Safe Industry Plans continue to apply with revisions to reflect changes in Stage 3. COVID Safe Checklists continue to apply.

Remote communities:

  • The restrictions on access to Declared Travel Zones will continue under the CHO Direction: Restricted Access to Remote Communities.
  • Under the Remote Communities Roadmap, any easing of restrictions in those areas will occur following an assessment of public health advice, response capability and community consultation.

Ongoing review:

Ongoing review of state-based restrictions will be undertaken based on levels of community transmission. This includes:

  • Density requirements, including consideration of moving from 4 to 2 square metres per person for all venues
  • Remaining restrictions on high-risk businesses and activities.

You can:

^ Max 50 with a COVID Safe Checklist when not complying with the COVID Safe Industry Plan.
§ Provided contact details are kept for at least 56 days.
¥ Defined areas no longer required.

Click here for more information about Queenslands roadmap to easing restrictions.









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More Information:

Visit the following websites:

Or by calling:

134 COVID (134 26843)

13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84)