BREAKING | Qld releases new roadmap to easing COVID restrictions

QUEENSLAND has released a new roadmap showing exactly how and when the state will emerge from its COVID-19 restrictions, including a possible border re-opening date with New South Wales.

The first stage of the new roadmap includes many of the changes that were implemented at 1am on Thursday, including the expanding of the ‘border bubble’, the doubling patron numbers at outdoor venues and events and stadium capacity increasing to 75 per cent.

An extra inclusion in the ‘Stage 4’ map is that standing eating and drinking will be permitted once again in our pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes from 4pm today.


From 4:00pm today, in Queensland, will be Happy Hour,” Deputy Prime Minister Steven Miles said.

“We’ll be able to again stand at the bar and have a drink, again stand at a restaurant or a café and have a snack.

I want to shout out to our hospo workers – they’ve done a really fantastic job and this seated restriction has been one of the hardest for them to enforce.”

A Summertime Taskforce will also be established to identify more outdoor opportunities.

Stage 5 will see some of the biggest changes, including the complete opening of the borders to New South Wales, provided there have been no unlinked cases in the previous 28 days.

 We are looking very closely at New South Wales,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

“If they do not have any community transmission for 28 days, we said very clearly that at the end of the month, we review the plans and that would mean there may be a possibility of opening up to New South Wales if there is no community transmission.

“But, of course, their health experts are also concerned about some undetected community transmission at the moment. They’re about to go into school holidays so we’ll be watching that space very carefully.”

Gatherings in homes and in public spaces across Queensland will also increase to 40 people, up from 30.

Up to 40 people will also be allowed to dance at a wedding provided the venue has a COVID Safe Plan.

These measures will come into effect at 1am on November 1.

Stage 6 of the roadmap, which will come into effect on December 1, will allowing gatherings of up to 50 people.

Outdoor events will be allowed to have greater crowd numbers for 1000 to 1500.

Weddings will then be permitted to have an unlimited number of people dancing at venues and a further review of dancing restrictions will be undertaken.

There were two more cases of COVID-19 recorded in Queensland in the last 24 hours, both onboard a ship and not posing any risk to the community.

There are six active cases in the state.

“We have always said that we would continue to ease restrictions where we could in a staged and balanced way to keep Queenslanders safe – and this plan does just that,” the Premier said.

“We’ve had to make hard decisions, but it is because of these decisions and the hard work of Queenslanders that we are in the position to continue easing restrictions.”