The Queensland Government has closed all campgrounds in national parks, state forests and state managed recreation and protected areas, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef Leeanne Enoch said this decision is consistent with the expert medical advice of the state's Chief Health Officer, with closures coming into effect from Thursday.
"As the Easter school break approaches, closure of the campgrounds will help protect the health and safety of campers, the wider community as well as Queensland Park and Wildlife Service (QPWS) rangers and staff," Minister Enoch said.
"Queenslanders should cancel their Easter break plans and stay close to home."
Ms Enoch said shared facilities in campgrounds, like toilets and showers, was a significant concern.
"There are around 470 camping areas in Queensland's parks and forests and QPWS rangers will immediately be contacting members of the public who are currently at camp sites, and those who have booked a site," she said.
Day-use areas, tracks and trails will remain open at this stage and social distancing rules will still apply.
The closure of camping grounds does not include residential caravan parks.
People who have camp sites booked will receive a full refund for unused camping permits.
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