Easter trading hours
COVID-19 food and grocery trading hours
The Chief Health Officer has issued a Notice stating that:
An owner or operator of a business used predominantly for the sale of food or groceries or both, is permitted to open the business from 7am on a day the shop is permitted to trade, to enable people to obtain essential groceries, between 19 March 2020 and the end of the COVID-19 emergency.
For details, read the Notice.
This means that owners and operators of non-exempt shops predominantly selling food or groceries can open their business from 7am on any day the shop would normally trade. Food and grocery shops that are permitted to open before 7am under the Trading (Allowable Hours) Act 1990 can continue.
Trading hours for Easter depend on the category of the retail shop.
Exempt shops, except for the sub-category of independent retail shops, have unrestricted trading hours and may trade during Easter.
Independent retail shops as a sub-category of exempt shops
Independent retail shops must remain closed on Good Friday except if they are a predominantly food and/or grocery store, which can trade unrestricted.
However, specific trading hour restrictions apply for licensed premises. For more information, read Trading hours for liquor licensees.
Non-exempt shops must not open on Good Friday. Trading may be permitted for non-exempt shops in certain areas of Queensland on the other public holidays during the Easter period.
For more information, read a summary of the 2020 Easter trading hours (PDF, 177KB) including car and caravan sales.