Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has confirmed Schoolies on the Gold Coast will be able to go ahead just days out from the start of the event.
Planning and the set up has been underway in Surfers Paradise over the last couple of weeks but there had been concerns the event could be canned at the last minute following the recent COVID-19 cases in the city.
However, the Premier gave the big event the final green light on Thursday morning.
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“Schoolies is good to go,” the Premier told Parliament.
“The Chief Health Officer has advised that he is confident that the two cases on the Gold Coast have been contained with sufficient testing and no further community spread.
“I thank the people of the Gold Coast for coming out and getting tested.
“I know this is good news for the 53,000 Queensland teenagers who are finishing their school days and many of them will be heading off to Schoolies celebrations around our great state.
“Our Year 12’s have completed their final two years of schooling under the shadow of COVID.
“They have seen many events cancelled.
“The class of ’21 have had to learn to adapt and, most impressive of all, simply get on with it no matter what was thrown at them
“They don’t get nearly enough credit for their resilience.
“Queensland’s future is in good hands.
“You deserve to enjoy a week off but please look after each other and stay safe.”
There were no new COVID-19 cases recorded in Queensland today, both locally and in hotel quarantine.
Queensland Health delivered 12,773 vaccines in the last 24 hours increasing our first dose rate to 83.21 per cent and our full-vaccination rate to 71.60 per cent.
Restrictions on visitors to aged care and hospital facilities in Goondiwindi will also be lifted from 12pm today as the region recovers from its recent outbreak.