A number of coronavirus restrictions will be eased for businesses in Queensland as the state records another day of no new cases.
From 1am October 1, COVID safe venues with outdoor spaces, including pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants, will be able to double their capacity.
The original one person per four square metres rule will now be replaced by a one person per two square metre rule.
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“This is what some of the businesses have been calling for,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
“I’ve been listening .. it’s going to be very welcome.
“It means more people can enjoy outdoor cafes, dining and beer gardens across Queensland.”
— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) September 24, 2020
The state government has also announced outdoor events, who only have a COVID checklist rather than a COVID safe plan, will now be able to expand their capacity from 500 to 1000.
“So, for example, if people were thinking about having Christmas carols at the end of the year, you’ll be allowed to have 1000 people,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
End of year school and sports events will also be able to increase to that limit under the changes.
Queensland stadiums will be allowed to operate at 75 per cent capacity, up from 50 per cent.
Theme parks and zoos can also increase their capacity.
The Premier has also lashed out at the federal government for refusing to extend the ADF’s stay at the Gold Coast border checkpoints.
Ms Palaszczuk said this morning troops were remaining at the NSW and Victoria border until mid October, the Northern Territory until the end of October and South Australia until the middle of October.
“I don’t think it’s fair or reasonable that Queensland has being singled out here,” she said.
“I have written to the Prime Minister. I had a response back from the Minister for Defence where it states very clearly that they will not be moving on Queensland.”
“My question is, why is Queensland being singled out?
“Once again I urged the Commonwealth to reconsider and treat Queensland like everyone else.”