Exciting news for Queensland today, with the State Government confirming the Greater Brisbane lockdown will be lifted at midday today.
It comes after Queensland recorded just one new local COVID-19 case overnight, linked to the infected Byron Bay hen’s party.
Nine returned travellers also tested positive in hotel quarantine in the past 24 hours, however, authorities say they are “not concerned” about that.
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Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it’s “fantastic news” for the state, with all residents now able to enjoy the long weekend.
The Premier said the lockdown is being lifted because of the amazing work of Queenslanders, with a record 34,000 people coming forward for testing in the past 24 hours.
While the lockdown is being lifted, a number of “temporary safety measures” will remain in place for all of the state for at least the next two weeks.
Restrictions will remain across all of Queensland for two weeks until 12 noon on Thursday 15 April 2021.
This is about protecting Queenslanders against further transmission of COVID-19.
Stay safe, everyone. pic.twitter.com/x3GUk20bMR
— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) March 31, 2021
Those include the mandatory wearing of face-masks at indoor venues and on public transport, as well as the sit-down rule at cafes, restaurants and pubs.
Private gatherings will still be limited to 30 people only, while Easter church services have been given the green light to go ahead with allocated seating and the one person per 2sqm rule.
Restrictions on aged care homes, hospitals, disability care and correctional facilities will remain in place, with no personal visitors allowed.
There are currently 82 active COVID-19 cases in Queensland.