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Business Closures Now Law

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March 23, 2020

The business closures foreshadowed by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday night to slow the spread of COVID-19 became law in Queensland at noon on Monday.

The orders were made by Queensland’s Chief Health Officer, Dr Jeannette Young, under the Public Health Act 2005 (Qld).

The non-essential businesses required to stop operating or operate under new restrictions are:

Type of Business From noon on Monday, March 23
Registered and licensed clubs, licensed premises in hotels, including sporting clubs Must close
Indoor gyms, fitness centres and sporting centres Must close
Cinemas Must close
Gambling venues including casinos, nightclubs theatres and entertainment venues of any kind Must close
Theme parks Must close
A place where persons congregate for the purpose of worship or fellowship, including weddings and baptisms Must close
Funerals Limited to one person per 4 square metres and social distancing must be accommodated including keeping 1.5 metres between people.
Restaurants, cafes, fast-food outlets, food courts (together retail food services) Restricted to takeaway or hotel room service


Retail food services that continue to operate must follow the below provisions:

  • Social distancing, including keeping 1.5 metres between people must be accommodated, implemented and monitored by employees or contractors of the retail food service provider
  • Gathering for the purposes of ordering or collecting must not exceed one person per 4 square metres
  • The retail food service provider may only operate to the extent they are not promoting or facilitating persons consuming takeaway food or drink on or adjacent to their premises

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