News / When can I go outside? (QLD)

The following information is current as of 16th of April, 2020 and only applicable in the state of Queensland.

To make sure you have the most recent information, visit the Queensland Health page here:

or alternatively, your state’s homepage if you do not reside in Queensland.


If you are at home with your child during this time, it may be hard to juggle working from home and other tasks like home-schooling and house chores (and keeping your child entertained).

This may have prevented you from staying updated on the current rules surrounding social distancing.

You may have asked yourself these questions:

Can I still go to the supermarket?

Can I go out for a walk/jog?

I can’t leave my child at home alone when I go out, can I take them with me?


Here is a list of permitted reasons for leaving your home (List last updated 2 April 2020):

  • to obtain essential goods and services
  • receive medical treatment or health care services
  • exercise, either alone or with one other person or those who reside in the same household
  • do work or volunteering that is essential and cannot be done from home (this is any type of work that is not restricted under the latest ‘non-essential business activity and undertaking closure’ direction)
  • visit another person’s house, as long as there are no more than 2 people who are not ordinarily members of that household
  • visit a terminally ill relative or attend a funeral
  • assist, care for or support immediate family members or close friends
  • attend Court or comply with a Court order
  • attend a childcare facility, school, university, or other educational institution to receive instruction that is not possible to receive at home.
  • assist with an investigation by police or other law enforcement authority
  • all shared custody arrangements of children under 18 years of age, whether informal or court-ordered, can continue as normal. You are allowed to leave the house to take children from one parent’s home to the other parent’s home
  • to avoid illness, injury or the risk of harm
  • to comply with directions of a government agency.


If you do need to leave your home for one of these permitted reasons, you may do so with members of your household, or with one person who is not a member of your household.

Check out the useful info-graphic below to help understand when you can leave your household: