Tourism businesses to reopen as COVID Safe Plan approved today

Published Friday, 05 June, 2020 at 04:32 PM

Premier and Minister for Trade
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

Thousands of tourism businesses throughout Queensland will soon be able to reopen following confirmation that Queensland’s Chief Health Officer has today approved the Queensland Tourism and Accommodation Industry COVID Safe Plan.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Queensland’s plan for recovery from the global coronavirus pandemic: Unit and Recover for Queensland Jobs supported traditional industries like tourism.

“We’ve listened to operators to make sure this plan works for them,” the Premier said.

“It provides clear guidelines for tourism businesses right throughout Queensland to reopen now and through stage three of restrictions.”

Tourism Minister Kate Jones praised Daniel Gschwind and his team from the Queensland Tourism Industry Council for working closely with Health to finalise the plan.

“I want to thank all the tourism operators and businesses that have provided us with their advice to help build the plan,” Ms Jones said.

“We’ve invested more in tourism than any government in Queensland’s history because we recognise you can’t have a strong economy without a strong tourism industry.

“We’ll continue to work with tourism operators to make sure we’re doing everything we can to help them survive this pandemic and ramp up post-COVID-19.”

Queensland Tourism Industry Council CEO Daniel Gschwind said the plan approved today would apply to thousands of Queensland businesses in the tourism and accommodation sectors.

“This is will give certainty to thousands of tourism operators throughout Queensland, another important step towards business recover,” Mr Gschwind said.

“They now have a set of guidelines to ensure they’re keeping customers safe and are able to continue operating.”

The state’s largest tourism employers – like theme parks and zoos will have to submit their own COVID safe plans for approval.

For more information or to download the Queensland Tourism and Accommodation Industry COVID Safe Plan, visit