Qld announces major easing of virus restrictions

Some exciting news for Queensland today, with the Premier announcing a further easing of restrictions across the state.

From 4.00pm on Tuesday November 17, gatherings in homes and public places will increase from 40 people to 50. While indoor premises like restaurants, pubs and cafes can increase from one person per four square metres to one person per two square metres.

“This is great news for our restaurants, our cafes, our pubs, our clubs, our indoor play areas, our museums, art galleries, places of worship, convention centres, and even Parliament House,” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.


“So, that’s going to mean good news for jobs, especially in those areas such as our restaurants, our cafes, our museums and our art galleries.”

In some very exciting news for future Queensland brides and grooms, up to 200 people can now attend a wedding, and everyone at the celebration can hit the dancefloor.

Meantime, up to 200 people will also be able to attend a funeral.

In regards to indoor events, seated and ticketed venues like theatres, live music, and indoor sports can increase capacity from 75 per cent to 100 per cent.

Outdoor events can increase from 1000 people to 1500 with a COVID-safe event checklist, while outdoor dancing at music festivals and beer gardens has also been given the greenlight.

In a huge boost for next Wednesday’s State of Origin decider at Suncorp Stadium, seated capacity at open air stadiums has been given the tick of approval to increase from 75% to 100% with a COVID-safe plan.

“Now, this means the Cauldron can be filled to 100% capacity for State of Origin next Wednesday night,” the Premier said.

“So, if you don’t have a ticket yet, hopefully some more tickets can be released, and let’s fill that Cauldron, let’s fill Suncorp and cheer our mighty Maroons on!”

The Premier said these were sensible steps back to normality after Queensland recorded 60 days without a locally acquired case.

“This is the result of the hard work of Queenslanders,” the Premier said.

“Other countries are experiencing third waves with increasing numbers of daily cases.

“Queenslanders are able to enjoy our Queensland way of life and we have to keep up the good work.”

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young also praised local businesses, admitting the work of businesses and venues under COVID-19 Safe Plans, such as collecting contact details and providing hand sanitiser, had helped move Queensland to further ease restrictions early.

“Queensland’s COVID Safe plans have worked well to keep our community safe and help keep life as normal as possible,” Dr Young said.

“COVID Safe Plans will be reviewed and updated in line with the further easing of restrictions, and government departments will work with their stakeholders to do this.”