Everything you can do within the current COVID-19 restrictions

Australia is at the front of the pack when it comes to curbing COVID-19 and we are so proud of how our residents and staff have played their parts in stopping the spread. We can now start the road to recovery and restrictions in Queensland have been eased.

It can be hard to keep up with everything you can and can’t do at the moment, so we’ve compiled a list of everything you can do as of 15 May, to minimise confusion and keep you out of trouble.

For the full breakdown of Queensland’s roadmap out of COVID-19 please see here and if you have any questions you may find the FAQ page helpful.

Take a day trip

Girl having a picnic overlooking the ocean

Grab your roomies and hit the roads because Queenslanders can now take day trips within 150km of their regions (as long as you remain within the state). Need some inspiration before you embark on your change in scenery? You can check out our list of day trips you can take from Brisbane here, but please note that Australia Zoo and the theme parks on this list remain temporarily closed.

Have a picnic

Two girls having a picnic at sunset at New Farm Park
Lucky for you it is always picnic weather in Queensland, and Brisbane has a wide range of parks within close distance of Student One that you can set yourself up in. Try the Botanic Gardens, Howard Smith Wharves and New Farm Park or head across the river to the South Bank Parklands and the Kangaroo Point Cliffs.

Remember if you don’t live together you must keep a physical distance of 1.5 metres between you and your fellow picnikers, including other picnic goers, and your picnic group must be capped at 10 people. We also recommend taking your own food and beverages instead of the usual picnic sharing style to minimise the risk of spreading germs.

Visit friends

We’ve all been missing our friends during this time and video calls are great but sometimes they just don’t cut it. You can now hang out with your friends in person as long as you maintain the 1.5 metre physical distance.

Non-residents are now allowed to visit residents at Student One, however you will be limited to one visitor at a time. If you do have a visitor they must stay with you at all times and will have their temperature checked when being signed in. You can also head to a friends place outside of Student One as long as there are no more than five visitors from seperate households in attendance. Want to get even more social? Head outside for a non-contact activity and you can hang out as a group of 10.

Go for a walk or hike

Kangaroo point walk
Get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. The national parks in Queensland have been reopened and are calling your name. Before you grab your walking shoes, take a look at our list of the best hikes and walks in and around Brisbane and remember to stay within 150km and don’t cross any state borders.

Dine out

Don’t get us wrong, living off UberEats has been lovely, but Brisbane just isn’t the same without its eating out scene and don’t even get us started on how much we’ve missed brunch. Restaurants, cafes and pubs are now open for business for a maximum of 10 people at a time. We recommend wearing your stretchy pants.

Go for a swim

Indoor and outdoor pools, including the Student One pool at Wharf Street are ready and waiting for you to make a splash. Both the Gold and Sunshine Coasts are also within 150km of Brisbane if you’d like to take a day trip to the beach for a swim on the saltier side.

Do some retail therapy

Online shopping is great, but sometimes you want to try on that new pair of jeans before you take the plunge. Retail shopping is now available to Queenslanders so you can shop ‘til you drop. Lucky for you all of our Student One residences are within walking distance of the Queen Street Mall.

Book in for a personal training session

Our Student One gyms are sadly remaining closed for now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t exercise at all. If you’re not interested in creating your own workout routine, work up a sweat with personal training sessions and outdoor bootcamps of 10 people or try an outdoor gym.

Head to a beauty salon

It is pamper time. Beauty therapies and nail salons are open for business. While there are restrictions as to what is defined as a beauty therapies (you can read the definition in the frequently asked questions here), you’ll have lots more options when it comes to your self-care.

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