Funeral limits increased but no change to border plans

Queensland will increase the number of people allowed to attend a funeral, with the Government labelling the restrictions on services over the last couple of months as “heartbreaking.”

But the Premier has ruled out lifting border restrictions before July 10, despite hopes of an early reopening.

It comes as Queensland records another day of no new coronavirus cases, with the State’s total remaining at 1065.


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Just five cases remain active with one patient in hospital.

From tomorrow, funeral services can have up to 100 people, provided social distancing measures are in place and the contact details of mourners are recorded.

“I really want to thank the community for raising this issue, I know it’s been very, very tough. It’s been something people in the community have been talking about and something that we wanted to address very quickly,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

Health Minister Steven Miles say the restrictions on funerals have been one of the hardest they’ve had to implement.

“We’ve received hundreds of heartbreaking stories from families wanting to have more people grieve their loved ones, it’s an event that people don’t get to choose the timing of so they can’t put it off as they can other events,” Mr Miles said.

Records of those mourners attending a funeral service will have to be kept for eight weeks.

Meantime the Premier has ruled out an early reopening of Queensland’s borders after even more confusion following Friday’s national cabinet meeting.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison hailed Queensland’s decision to nominate a date, prompting speculation an announcement was imminent.

But Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Monday there will be no early reopening, and no decision made before the end of the month.

“No, our roadmap clearly says July 10.”

“I raised at national cabinet that Queensland has a very comprehensive roadmap and July 10 is listed there. I also mentioned that we will review at the end of the month, but it is our clear intention that July 10 would be the date for consideration.”

Ms Palaszczuk pointed the finger at the Prime Minister for the confusion, insisting that nothing she said was new.

“He’s just read the roadmap, I was very clear in the national cabinet meeting.”

The Government will this week consider lifting even more restrictions, including the cap of 100 people slated for stage three of the recovery next month.

State and territory leaders were asked at national cabinet to remove the 100-person limit and replace it with the one-person per four square metre rule, something the Premier says she doesn’t have a problem with.

 

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