More restrictions eased in QLD as two new COVID cases recorded

Queensland is bringing forward the easing of more restrictions as the state continues to win the battle against coronavirus.

It comes as the state recorded two new cases of COVID-19, both returned travellers in hotel quarantine, including one on the Gold Coast.

There are now four active cases in the state.


From 4pm this afternoon, gatherings in homes and in public places will be increased to a maximum of 40 people.

Up to 40 people will be allowed to dance at weddings that have a COVID-safe plan while Year 12 students have been given the green light to dance at their end of year celebrations.

Aged care residents will also be allowed to leave their facilities to go on excursions.

“These things can be done because Queenslanders have now managed that balance between how to manage the virus and to live as much of a normal life as possible,” Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young said.

“We do need to be alert, we do know, given those cases increasing the world and to a lesser extent, in Victoria and New South Wales, we do know there is a risk.

“We will have another case in Queensland but we know how to manage that.”

Dr Young says there is no concern about the latest two cases recorded overnight.

One is a traveller in hotel quarantine on the Gold Coast who had recently returned from the United States.

The second is a minor in hotel quarantine in Cairns who had recently returned from Africa and is connected to a person diagnosed with COVID earlier this week.

Officials expect more people in that group to test positive but insist they’re “in a safe place.”

Dr Young says as more Australians continue to return home, more cases will pop up across the state.

“I expect we are going to see more cases in hotel quarantine because the world now has over 38 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and unfortunately across the world, more than 1 million people have died.

“Now, as more Australians come home, which is everyone’s aim of course, we will see more Australians in hotel quarantine with the virus, but we can treat them here in Queensland.”