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 1 June, 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 pages on staying home and going out and business and facility activity helpful.

Take a day trip

Girl having a picnic overlooking the ocean
Grab your roomies and hit the roads because Queenslanders can now travel freely within Queensland. 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 20 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 20 visitors from seperate households in attendance.

Take a vacay

While interstate and international travel may not be on the cards, there is the whole of Queensland just waiting to be explored. Use this as a chance to get to know your home state and tick off all those places you’ve been meaning to visit.

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 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, pubs, clubs and hotels are now open for business for a maximum of 20 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 easy access 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.

Hit the gym

Looking after your body by keeping it active and filling it with good fuel is such a great way to keep yourself and your mental health in tip top shape.

We have fully equipped gyms in each of our Student One residences – just remember to practise good hygiene, take your towel and wipe down machines after you use them. Student One is providing disinfectant wipes in the gym for residents to use.

Gym numbers will be capped at five residents at a time, so please be respectful with your time.

Head to a beauty salon

It is pamper time. Beauty therapies, nail salons, tanning and spas 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.

Visit a museum

Immerse yourself in one of the many museums in and around Brisbane City. Museums are now permitted to open, however we recommend checking in with the specific venue you plan to visit to ensure they are back up and running. Need some ideas? Check out these 10 free art experiences in Brisbane.

Watch a movie

Grab some pillows and a blanket and head to the drive-in movies or keep an eye out for session times as indoor cinemas have also been given the go ahead to reopen. Don’t forget the popcorn.

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