A socially distanced event at Kingaroy Town Hall … halls can be hired but organisers must obey Public Health Directions

September 9, 2020

South Burnett Regional Council has advised that its community halls are available for hire but there are restrictions in line with current Public Health Directions.

Under the Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction (No.5), Council’s halls are considered to be a restricted business.

As such, they are only permitted to operate in compliance with the restrictions placed upon them.

A Council spokesperson said that as there is no approved COVID Safe Industry Plan or COVID Safe Checklist available for the general use of a hall, hirers of Council’s halls for general use must comply with the following restrictions:

  • No more than one person per 4 sq m  to a maximum of 50 people, with physical distancing observed (where physical distancing includes remaining at least 1.5m away from
    other persons where possible).
  • Collect and keep contact information about all guests and staff for contact tracing purposes for a period of 56 days. This information must include: name, phone number, email address, and the date and time period of patronage. If requested, this information must be provided to public health officers within a stated time. The information should be securely stored, not used for any other purpose and deleted after 56 days.
  • Must not operate a dance floor for dancing (unless the purpose is for a dance class).

Council’s halls may be hired for purposes other than a general purpose and these activities/events may be permitted to be attended by greater than the limit described above.

These activities/events are required to be operated in accordance with the relevant provisions of the COVID Safe Framework which may include the adoption of an Approved COVID Safe Industry Plan, COVID Safe Checklist, COVID Safe Event Checklist or a COVID Safe Event Plan.

Prior to confirmation of hiring a Council hall, prospective hirers will be asked the following:

Are you permitted to operate your activity/event under an Approved COVID Safe Industry Plan or COVID Safe Checklist? If so, you will be required to provide a copy of your signed Statement of
Compliance (for use of an Approved COVID Safe Industry Plan) or a copy of your completed COVID Safe Checklist.

If no, have you consulted with Queensland Health to ensure that you are able to operate your activity/event?

If no, please consult with Queensland Health on 13-42-68 to confirm that your activity/event is able to operate under the current Chief Health Officer Public Health Directions. Once confirmed,
please provide Council with details of your correspondence with Queensland Health.

For further information regarding hall hire, contact the SBRC on (07) 4189-9100 or by email

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Further Information:

  • Queensland Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hotline: 13-42-68

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