A great day for the South East today, with confirmation further COVID-19 restrictions will be eased just in time for the weekend.
It comes after Queensland recorded yet another day of no new local coronavirus cases, with just one infection detected in hotel quarantine.
Speaking to reporters in Brisbane on Friday, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Queensland would enter Stage 3 of the state’s roadmap to recovery from 4.00pm this afternoon.
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“This is a milestone every Queenslander should be proud of,” the Premier said.
“To be able to lift so many restrictions is testament to the way we have handled this pandemic, including the most recent cluster.”
From this afternoon, up to 100 people will be allowed to gather in households, with no limit on gatherings in public spaces.
Cafés, pubs and restaurants will be able to double capacity to one-person-per-two-square-metres, or 100 per cent capacity if customers are ticketed and seated.
Dancing is back, along with standing at the pub for a drink.
While 200 people will also be allowed to attend weddings and funerals.
“We still need to be mindful of the risk of COVID-19 incursions from other states, but we should also make the most of our own fortunate circumstances,” the Premier said.
Stadiums have also been given the green light to return to 100 per cent capacity, but masks must be worn at all times, except when eating or drinking.
“Likewise, ticketed venues with allocated seating, like indoor sporting events and theatres can operate at 100 per cent capacity,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“All restrictions are removed for community sport”.
The State’s top doctor said she will continue to review the mask rule every two weeks, but insists right now they are playing an important role in keeping Queenslanders safe, especially in the south-east corner.
“I have no doubt masks were critical in preventing more cases during the Indooroopilly cluster,” Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said.
“Given there are very serious COVID-19 risks in other states, south-east Queenslanders are required to continue carrying a face mask with them at all times unless they have a lawful reason not to.
“They must also be worn on public transport and in ride-shares and indoors, unless you can stay at least 1.5m away from other people.”