Masks will soon have to be worn in indoor spaces across Queensland as the state records another 2,266 COVID-19 cases.
From Sunday, masks will be required in all indoor areas except in the family home and workplaces when seated or able to socially distance.
It means masks will need to be worn in pubs, clubs and cafes but they will not be required when seated. The same applies for indoor stadiums and sports arenas.
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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said masks have been proven to slow the spread of the virus and protect the vulnerable.
“Masks are a tried and true method to slow the spread of COVID,” the Premier said.
“Even though cases were expected it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do all we can to slow them down.
“We said there would be a time when masks return.
“That time is now.”
Employers are also being encouraged to return to work-from-home arrangements where possible.
Queensland officials are also considering whether further measures are needed to access vulnerable settings like aged care and hospitals including the need to provide a negative test prior to entry.
It comes after Queensland recorded another 2,266 cases, although the reporting period was only for 12 hours between 7am and 7pm on Friday as health officials switch to a new reporting timeframe.
“For comparison though, the evening before we had 1613 cases for that 12-hour period,” Deputy Premier Steven Miles said.
“The evening before there was 1,178.
“So, even though the number we are reporting today is lower than people will be used to, it does represent a continuing upward trend.”
There are now 16,125 active cases across the state.
There is still only one person receiving treatment in intensive care.
Queensland’s fully-vaccinated rate has reached 86.6 per cent.