COVID-19 and Relay For Life In Queensland

COVID-19 restrictions and requirements are forever changing.
Here at Cancer Council Queensland, we are doing our best to keep up to date with the latest advice and guidelines from the Queensland government to ensure the safety of everyone involved in Relay For Life in 2021.


What does Relay For Life look like in 2021?

We are excited to be bringing back physical events for all Queensland Relay For Life events in 2021. Each event will be required to adhere to COVID-19 regulations. After reviewing these regulations, Cancer Council Queensland has made the decision to reduce the event duration of Relay For Life in 2021. This means there will be no overnight events, and no events exceeding 12 hours in duration. This is for the safety of everyone attending the Relay, and to provide the best possible chance of hosting a physical event without being impacted by lengthy delays and setbacks while our COVID Safe Event Plans are being approved by the Queensland government.

How are we going to manage COVID Safe check-in at events?

Relay For Life participants are encouraged to pre-register online before the event. There will be limited on the day registrations available. Supporters will be required to present their registration confirmation upon arrival to the event. If registering on the day, supporters will be required to proceed straight to the check-in desk to register.

What happens if there is a COVID-19 outbreak in the community in the lead up to the event?

It is possible that there will be a COVID-19 outbreak in the lead up to the event. Our team will do everything within our power to ensure that our community is safe. We will monitor all government advice and follow any direction and guidelines that are enforced by the government.

Can I Relay in my own home for 18hrs?

Of course! You are welcome to Celebrate, Remember and Fight Back from home.

Can I attend Relay and then continue on in my own home for the remainder of the 18hrs?

Sure, we encourage you to fundraise and support Relay For Life from home if you wish to do so.

Can I show up on the day and join a team?

Yes, however this is not encouraged as there will be limited on the day registrations available. To avoid missing out we recommend registering online before the event.

What if I am a parent, teacher or youth supervisor?

In the past, parents, teachers and youth supervisors have attended Relay For Life events to watch their children and students for free and without registering. This will still be allowed in 2021, however, you will be required to register for the Relay For Life event prior to the event day.
Parents, teachers and youth supervisors can register through the website free of charge, by using a unique promo code that we can give you. 

Please reach out to our team at for more information.

Do I have to wear a mask?

All participants are encouraged to be in possession of masks, and to practice social distancing and good personal hygiene where possible. Masks will not be mandatory unless government regulations change in your area close to the date of your Relay. We will advise you of any changes as they arise.

Will the opening, closing and candlelight ceremony still take place?

Yes. Crowd management will be in place to ensure all participants are adhering to social distancing requirements.

Will the walking track still be available?

Yes. Adequate signage as a reminder for all participants to practice social distancing will be in place.

Will we still have individual sites if it’s not an overnight event?

Yes. Sites will be allocated with a one person per 1.5m2 allocation for all 9-12hour events. Sites will be allocated in advance of the event date and each team will be allocated a check in time for the day.

Will there be first aid at the event?

Yes. There will be First Aid onsite for the entire event. If you become unwell during the event, please seek First Aid. Alternatively, see a CCQ employee, a committee volunteer or security for assistance. The location of First Aid will be confirmed closer to the event date.

Do we have to maintain physical distancing?

Yes. It is the participant’s responsibility to maintain physical distancing requirements of 1.5m throughout the event.

Can we bring our own food?

We encourage participants to support the local food vendors at the event. Participants are allowed to bring their own food as long as it is prepared by them and is not to be shared. We will be encouraging participants to eat at their allocated sites as there will be no communal eating areas.

Will on the day fundraising be available?

You are welcome to fundraise on the day, however, we do ask that on the day fundraising does not include any product for consumption, avoid cash handling and that participants continue to maintain 1.5 metre social distancing and hand sanitise when applicable. Each team will be provided a QR Code to their online fundraising page to collect donations on the day. Please remember that this is a cashless event.

What if I am feeling unwell just before the event?

If you are unwell and/or displaying any COVID-19 symptoms, please stay at home and follow advice from the Queensland government regarding getting tested.

Are there any other circumstances under which I should not attend the Relay event?

Please do not attend the event if:

  • You have tested positive for COVID-19 and have not since received a negative follow up test result.
  • You have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
  • You have travelled overseas or to a declared COVID-19 Hotspot in the previous 14 days.

We encourage all participants to download the Commonwealth Government COVID-19 app prior to attending the event.

Our staff and volunteer committees are working hard to plan fun and successful physical Relay For Life events across the state. We want to ensure these events are COVID Safe, to protect our participants and community.

Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and Queensland government regulations, these events are subject to change. Cancer Council Queensland will do its best to notify participants of these changes as they occur.

Relay For Life may look a little different this year, but our purple power remains the same. We are committed to working towards a cancer free future, now, more than ever.