COVID-19 ALERT: Effective from 1 April 2021 until 15 April 2021
Mandatory masks for Queensland
Facemasks are mandatory for all of Queensland at any indoor space, outside of your own home. See the QLD Health website for full details.
COVID-19 ALERT: Effective from 5pm 29 March 2021 until 5pm 1 April 2021
Mandatory masks for Queensland
All of Queensland (including Greater Brisbane) must wear a mask in indoor spaces outside of your home. Please check the QLD Government website for more details.
Greater Brisbane lockdown
Greater Brisbane is in lockdown and masks are mandatory.
This includes the Ipswich, Logan, Redlands, Moreton and Brisbane council areas. Schools are closed and people in Greater Brisbane are only able to leave their homes for essential reasons like grocery shopping, exercise, work and medical care.
We encourage you to continue to take care of yourselves and observe the Queensland Health directions.
UPDATE: 5 March 2021
New Check In Qld app
The Queensland Government has launched a new visitor check-in app that is free for businesses to use. It is a free, secure, and easy way for visitors to check-in to venues.
It is NOT compulsory for museums and galleries to use this app. However, it is still a requirement that you securely keep records of your visitors either electronically or hard copy for a period of up to 56 days.
Click here to learn more about the app.
COVID-19 Industry Plan in progress
M&G QLD is currently working with Arts Queensland to finalise a COVID Industry Plan for our State’s public museum and gallery sector. In the meantime, please follow the directives given by Queensland Health.
Stage 5 Roadmap to Easing Restrictions
COVID-19 quick reference points for museums and galleries
Below is a quick reference of key actions to follow regarding safe practices in your museum or gallery:
1. To reopen, it is recommended you have a COVID-19 Safety Plan. This plan is internal and does not have to be submitted to the Queensland Government.
2. Ask visitors and workers to stay at home if they are sick, and to go home immediately if they become unwell.
3. Record contact information for all visitors, workers and contractors, including name, email address, mobile phone number, and date and time of visit and retain for a period of 56 days.
4. The number of visitors permitted at your museum or gallery has increased to one person per 2 square metres regardless of the size of the venue. 1,500 visitors maximum can attend outdoor events with a COVID Safe Event Checklist.
5. Clearly communicate and display your COVID-19 health and safety protocols and conditions of entry.
6. Increase your cleaning schedule to sanitise regularly-used objects and surfaces.
7. Workshops and hands-on public programs can be delivered at your venue, provided you have a COVID Safety Plan in place and complete a COVID Safe Event Checklist.
8. Guests can now stand whilst eating and drinking, both indoors and outdoors, where the venue is operating under a COVID Safe Checklist: Dining and drinking. Self-serve / buffet-style food service is not allowed. Food must be served to guests.
9. When students leave their school and visit your venue for an excursion, they are required to adhere to Government's social distancing restrictions.
10. If your museum or gallery has a café or food business, you are required to have a COVID Safe Checklist: Dining and drinking.
M&G QLD will regularly update information when it becomes available.
Click here to view the roadmap.
The following resources below have been developed by M&G QLD to assist our sector in responding to COVID-19.
COVID-19 Safety Plan – Resource
To reopen, it is recommended that museums and galleries have a COVID-19 Safety Plan that details how your organisation will reopen responsibly and comply with Government and public health authority guidelines, physical distancing and containment measures.
M&G QLD has prepared this resource and checklist to guide you in this process.
- COVID Safe Event Checklist
- Number of visitors
- Opening events
- School groups
- Workshops/public programs
Resource updated: November 2020
COVID-19: Information, Resources & Support
COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving, unprecedented situation. To keep you up-to-date, Museums & Galleries Queensland has prepared the following resources to support our sector through this challenging time.
Above all, we encourage you to take care of yourselves and those around you by observing social distancing, staying informed and adhering to the recommended health and safety measures.
- Available funding
- Visitor recording and research
- Virtual gallery software
Resource updated: August 2020
Need further support?
M&G QLD is here to support you through COVID-19. Get in touch with us if you have any further questions or queries.
Phone: 07 3059 9740