COVID-19 Restrictions Will Be Eased Further on May 16

COVID-19 restrictions are being rolled back gradually as cases of the virus dwindle throughout Cairns. From May 16 a number of public facilities and venues will be reopened, but there will still be conditions in place in order to ensure public safety. Signage will be placed around public places so that the guidelines on the new restrictions are easy to find and follow.

These public spaces include dining at restaurants, clubs, cafes and pubs, with a maximum of 10 patrons allowed at one time. There should be no more than 10 people in a gathering that takes place in any public place. Gaming and bars will remain closed for the time being.

Bob Manning, Cairns Mayor, understands that it’s exciting to have popular facilities and venues reopened, however he reinforces that people need to follow the rules in order for restrictions to continue to be eased. “Council officers will be monitoring facilities, and if the rules are being blatantly disregarded, we will close the facilities again. In the interest of public health and safety, people are asked to maintain appropriate social distance and practice good personal hygiene at all times.”

Other Council services, facilities and venues that will be opening from May 16

Cairns Libraries – All eight branches of Cairns Libraries will open from Saturday however this is for borrowing only. They will operate within their normal hours and will also have the 10-person limit. Continue to use their online services where you can, but if you do go to one of the libraries then you should expect some level of queues outside and extended waiting.

  • Muddy’s Playground (wet and dry areas)
  • Centenary Lakes Nature Play
  • Fun Ship playground
  • Bouldering Park
  • Botanic Gardens Conservatory
  • Barlow Park (open for casual athletics only)
  • Public basketball courts
  • Public tennis courts
  • Lake Morris
  • Outdoor gym equipment
  • Playgrounds, skate parks and bump tracks.
  • Green Space Our Place program will resume from Tuesday 19 May.
  • Public barbecues at Cairns Esplanade, beaches, Babinda Boulders, Lake Morris. Other public barbecues will be opened by Sunday


  • Smithfield, Woree and Gordonvale pools will open with restrictions.
  • Babinda pool will open on Monday.
  • Tobruk Memorial Pool remains closed at this stage.

Further Social Distancing Restrictions to be Vigilant of:

  • You can travel within a 150km radius from you house for fun. Feel free to get out and take a road trip, day trip, have a picnic or go for a hike!
  • Some nail salons and beauty therapies will be open for up to 10 people at a time.
  • The number of wedding guests you can have has increased to 10 people – funerals can be attended by 20 people inside, or 30 people if the service is outside.
  • Open homes and auctions can be attended by 10 people at any time.

For more information you can visit the Cairns Regional Council’s website.

To stay informed on the latest health advice and coronavirus updates, visit the Queensland Government’s coronavirus page.