QUEENSLAND has opted to extend mask-wearing rules in the southeast but has made some slight tweaks to the restrictions.
Deputy Premier Steven Miles announced the changes, which are review every second Friday.
“While we will be extending the restrictions related to masks, the Chief Health Officer has recommended some small changes,” Mr Miles said.
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“What that means is that once you are seated, you will be able to remove your mask. You don’t need to wait until you’re eating or drinking.
“School children can remove their masks once they are seated, which will come as a relief to teachers, students and parents.
“When you go to a cafe, restaurant or licensed club, you won’t have to wait until you have a drink at the table to remove your mask, you can take it off as soon as you are seated.
“That is a welcome variation to the mask restrictions.”
These small changes come into effect immediately.
Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said it was important people put their masks back on when they stand up.
“Because we don’t know who you’re coming into contact with,” she said.
“So when you go into the shop, the grocery shopping, that’s an important time to put your mask on.”
Dr Young said it was important the other general mask rules stay in place.
“It’s really, really important we just keep that going a little bit longer,” she said.
Queensland has recorded no new cases of COVID-19, both locally and overseas acquired.
11145 tests were conducted and 22,880 vaccines were administered across the state in the last 24 hours.
Dr Young said she was confident the recent Sunnybank cluster was now under control.
“They’re almost out of quarantine, they’ve done a really good job, so I’m very comfortable that we don’t have any ongoing problems for that cluster,” she said.