No new local COVID cases in Qld, mask and venue restrictions set to ease

Queensland has recorded no new local cases of COVID-19, allowing for restrictions to ease on Friday as planned.

One new case in hotel quarantine, a traveller who recently returned from South Africa, leaving 47 active cases across the state.

Chief Health Officer, Dr Jeanette Young, said the last case that was infectious in the community was on July 5.


“The last person was infectious in the community a week ago,” Dr Young said.

“Although we can’t say we are totally free of any risk going forward, as long as everyone who is out there in home quarantine remains in home quarantine and has their exit test on day 12, then we can be very confident that we don’t have any transmission in our community.

“So that is excellent news.”

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed restrictions, which have been in place for a couple of weeks, will be eased at 6am on Friday July 16.

It means Queenslanders will no longer have to wear masks every time they leave the house.

“Masks will be required still at airports and on planes,” the Premier said.

“No restrictions on hospitals and aged care .. I know how hard this has been for people with love comes in aged care and hospital.”

Capacity at pubs, clubs and restaurants can also increase from one person per four square metres to three per four square metres and dancing and standing to drink will be allowed again.

Gatherings at homes will be able to reach 100 people as long as a list of guests is kept.

The Premier also touched on the situation in New South Wales and confirmed that while a hard border closure will not be implemented, the situation is being monitored “very closely” and Queenslanders in NSW should think about coming home.

New South Wales health officials will provide a detailed press conference later this morning but it’s expected case numbers will be well over 100.

“What we have seen is some other states and territories putting in place a hard border closure. At this stage, Queensland is monitoring the situation in Greater Sydney and New South Wales very closely,” the Premier said.

“We have had extensive discussions this morning and we will be having those extensive discussions each and every day.

“My message to Queenslanders (in NSW) is to think seriously, long and hard, about what you are doing and if you can, come home.

“Even if you’re in regional parts of New South Wales, we are monitoring that very closely and things can change.

“We are not imposing any further restrictions at this stage but I am just giving everyone noticed that we are monitoring this incredibly closely.”

It’s understood if there is a case detected outside the locked down areas, it could trigger a hard border closure immediately.

sked what it would take to trigger a hard border shutdown to NSW, chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young said it would be a concern if there were cases that were detected outside the locked down zones.

Ms Palaszczuk also revealed officials are continuing to work with the NRL to bring all 12 NSW teams to the Sunshine State, as they try to escape the worsening COVID crisis down south.

“I am pleased that Queensland is prepared to facilitate the moving of a number of teams here to Queensland’s, initially for the next two months of the competition but we will see how that goes,” she said.

“The NRL also asked if the family members can move, it is very hard on families with the NRL players.

“They would be in their distinct hubs, so we are facilitating that the immediate family members can move with them and they will be in those tight hubs and it is up to the NRL to police that but we will be monitoring that very closely as well.”

The NRL has organised three hotels for the players and their families, one of the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Brisbane.

The Premier also confirmed that taxpayers would not pay a cent towards the final Origin game being played on the Gold Coast.