COVID Safe Plans

COVID Safe Plans

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Outdoors Queensland/QORF has been working closely with representatives of the Queensland outdoor sector and the State Government to develop and update COVID Safe Plans that will provide guidance for outdoor organisations on their road back to operation post the pandemic.

The purpose of these COVID Safe Plans are to help the Queensland outdoor sector show the health authorities and the community that they operate sufficiently safely and can service more participants/customers than the baseline restrictions at each stage in Queensland’s Roadmap to Easing Restrictions (the Roadmap). The plans are accessible for all organisations in Queensland outdoor sector to consider (regardless of membership of an industry peak body such as Outdoors Queensland/QORF).

  • If the COVID Safe Business Framework applies to your industry or business you are required to operate in accordance with it. (Source: Approved COVID Safe Industry Plans)
  • If there is no COVID Safe Industry Plan for your business or organisation or you choose not to utilise the provisions of a COVID Safe Industry Plan, you can only continue to operate under the relevant conditions of the applicable stage of the Roadmap and as per the relevant Chief Health Officer public health directions. This may include limiting the number of customers on site, completing a mandatory COVID Safe Checklist and training.

While the two plans, one for Outdoor Recreation Activity Providers and the other for Outdoor Education Providers are designed for specific user groups, they do not provide the complete solution for either group. For example, activity providers may also need to refer to the Queensland Tourism and Accommodation plan, while outdoor educators may need to refer to the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) Campgrounds plan.

Recent Updates / Comments

March 3, 2021

Queensland Health have advised that the recent update to the Direction (No. 13), which requires an event plan for ‘multi-day events with onsite accommodation’ does not apply to events where the camping component is already covered under an industry plan.

Scout groups and other outdoor recreation providers that conduct activities which include overnight camping should continue to operate under their industry plan.

Queensland Health also advised they will flag this with the PHUs to ensure a consistent message is being provided.

November 17, 2020

On  November 17, 2020, the approved industry COVID Safe Plan for Outdoor Recreation Activity Providers and the COVID Safe Plan for Outdoor Education Providers were updated on the Queensland government website  to ensure that these plans align with the changes announced by the Chief Health Officer in the latest Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction (No. 9).

Sport and Recreation have advised as follows regarding the most recent changes set out in the new CHO direction:

These changes will have an impact on the sport, recreation and fitness industry, therefore updates will be made to the Industry COVID Safe Plans, the Return to Play Guide and other supporting information to reflect the below:

  • Indoor premises: Increase from one per person per 4m2 to one per person per 2m2
  • Indoor events: Seated, ticketed venues to increase from 50% to 100% capacity.
  • Outdoor events: Increase outdoor events from 1000 to 1500 with a COVID Safe Event Checklist.
  • Indoor and outdoor events: When attending events you are strongly encouraged to wear a mask when you are not sitting in your allocated seat and it is not possible to physically distance. This could include entering or exiting the venue,  leaving your seat to go to the bathroom or purchasing food or drinks.
  • Open air stadiums: Increase seated capacity from 75% to 100% (with a COVID Safe Plan).

Outdoor Education Providers please note:

Queensland Health has clarified the following base occupant densities for short term accommodation:

  • No more than one person per 4 square metres for sleeping areas.
  • One person per 2 square metres for common areas open to or used by guests.

People sharing sleeping quarters will be sleeping on average for six to eight hours a night in an enclosed space without a mask. This creates an increased risk of spreading the virus.

Under the COVID Safe Plan for Outdoor Education Providers, there is a change to the density requirements for sleeping arrangements for school-aged children (Page 9), but the 1 person per 4 square metres rule still applies to adults in sleeping areas.

COVID Safe Plan for Outdoor Recreation Activity Providers

This COVID SAFE Plan has been developed for Queensland Outdoor Recreation Activity Providers (including event organisers), who deliver organised outdoor activities to groups of participants.
Click button to read / download:

COVID Safe Plan for Outdoor Education Providers

This COVID SAFE Plan has been developed for Queensland Outdoor Education Providers (commonly referred to as school camp operators). Click button to read / download:

See also: COVID Safe School Events

Please note the following comment recently added to both industry plans (Education (page 5), Recreation (page 9):

Where there is an inconsistency between the Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction  (the Direction) and this Industry Plan, the Direction will take precedence over the industry plan for the extent of the inconsistency.

Your COVID Safe Operational Plan

Organisations will need to modify their operational plans to show how within their operating environments they will achieve compliance with the protocols in an industry plan.

You can use a COVID Safe industry plan as a framework for developing your own operational plan – you do NOT need to submit your operational plan for approval. You need to develop your plan in accordance with the protocols set out in an approved industry plan, and implement it!

Outdoors Queensland will assist with implementation of the plan, but each organisation is regarded as the expert in their own operating environment.

Any organisation undertaking activity in accordance with an industry plan must print, sign and display a Statement of Compliance.


For the most up to date information on running COVID Safe Events, go to/download:

Ensuring your business or event is COVID Safe can seem like a big task. But being COVID Safe is not only a Government requirement, it is also an important part of effectively marketing your business to travellers who are emerging from lockdown restrictions and seeking safe travel experiences. This QUICK GUIDE: How to be COVID Safe – and share it for tourism operators from TEQ sums it up.

Please note that Sport & recreation have confirmed that under the COVID Safe Plan for Outdoor Education Providers, “camps” are not classified as events with on-site camping components.


  • Read and review the COVID Safe Plan(s) appropriate for your organisation – it may be necessary for some outdoor activity providers to also review the Queensland Tourism and Accommodation Plan and/or the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) Campgrounds Plan.
  • Develop your own COVID Safe Operational Plan based on the appropriate COVID Safe Plan(s).
  • Train your staff in how to work within your new COVID Safe Operational Plan.
  • Update/inform your contractors and suppliers regarding your COVID Safe Operational Plan.
  • Share your COVID Safe Operational Plan with the land/ water managers of the outdoor spaces you access (if appropriate).
  • Update/inform your insurer regarding your COVID Safe Operational Plan.
  • Complete and display a Statement of Compliance to demonstrate you are operating as a COVID Safe Business.


  1. If you need help understanding the COVID Safe Plan(s) please email staff at the Queensland Government Sport & Recreation Centres on
  2. If you would like your new COVID Safe Operational Plan assessed against the COVID Safe Plans for Outdoor Recreation Activity Providers or Outdoor Education Providers, consider engaging a consultant to do an external assessment. The following QORF members have indicated that they are willing to assist (if any other consultants would like to be added to this list, please contact us):

  3. It is not necessary to lodge your COVID Safe Operational Plan with QORF/Outdoors Queensland or any government agency for approval.
  4. It is recommended that your COVID Safe Operational Plan is well considered, well laid out and that you are able to justify your choices and actions if necessary
  5. A Provider can choose not to opt-in to a COVID Safe Plan. However it can only it continue to operate under the more limited conditions of the applicable stage of the Roadmap and as per the relevant Chief Health Officer public health directions.

As further discussion on the implementation of COVID Safe Plans will be included in our weekly Coffee & Conversation online chats, we encourage organisations to register and join us every second Friday morning at 11.00 am.


Please go to Resources & Support if you have any questions or need further support from Sport & Recreation. This page will be updated regularly with answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), fact sheets and links.

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The information on this page has been taken from credible sources and is shared with the best of intentions. While we have have done our best to provide the most up to date information, we cannot take responsibility for any person or organisation suffering as a result of using the information shared on this page. It is the responsibility of all organisations to do their research, to comply with all relevant legislation and to be aware of current government advice.

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