“EASTER IS GOOD TO GO!” Lockdown lifted as Qld records one new local case

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.


Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it’s “fantastic news” for the state, with all residents now able to enjoy the long weekend.

“Queensland and Easter is good to go,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“So in further good news, after discussions with Dr Young and Police Commissioner and Deputy Police Commissioner, the lockdown will be lifted from 12 noon today.

“I understand a lot of families in Greater Brisbane have made plans and the last thing we want to see are accidents on our roads at 5:00pm this afternoon into the evening.

“So if you have plans, the lockdown is lifted from 12 noon today and I encourage people to take care on the roads. Please be safe and enjoy your time away with family and friends”.

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.

“As I said yesterday, we were looking at two preconditions before we could lift the lockdown… Those two preconditions is that there needed to be no unlinked community transmission and the second was high testing rates.

“Well, I can also thank Queenslanders, because Queenslanders have come out in their thousands to be tested. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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.

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.

“So for the next two weeks from 12 noon today until Thursday, 15 April, all Queenslanders will be required to carry a mask when they leave their home,” the Premier said.

“We will also ask you to wear those masks in indoor spaces such as shopping centres and supermarkets, indoor workplaces, public transport.

“Anyone attending food or beverage establishments, so if you’re out there going to a restaurant or cafe or a pub, you must be seated. We have to go back to the seating.”

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.

“This is really important that we are doing this for the next two weeks because we are not out of the woods yet,” the Premier stressed.

There are currently 82 active COVID-19 cases in Queensland.