A wide range of restrictions will soon be eased in Queensland as the Omicron wave continues to subside.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed to Queensland Parliament on Tuesday morning that masks will no longer be required in the majority of settings from 6pm on Friday, March 4.
“We are cautiously optimistic the number of hospitalisations and infections have peaked, which is why today I can make this announcement,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
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Masks will still be required in airports, hospitals, disability care, prisons, aged care and on public transport.
However, the requirement to wear them in all other settings will be scrapped.
“You won’t need them at work or in school or at the shops,” the Premier said.
“Staff and patrons won’t be required to wear them at cafes, pubs and restaurants.
“Smiles are back!”
Density limits will also be removed for weddings, funerals and home gatherings as well as in food courts, hairdressers, gyms and universities.
There is some good news for schools as well with the ban on excursions, assemblies and visitors to schools to also go.
There will also no longer be daily COVID-19 updates from health officials with the Premier saying we need to move towards some kind of normality.
“Normal does not include a televised daily COVID update,” she said.
“We will still publish COVID numbers every day but form the first week of March we will only see our Chief Health Officer if needed.
“The story of this pandemic is not yet over, but we hope a brighter chapter awaits.”
Queensland recorded another 5,583 COVID-19 cases and five deaths in the last 24-hour reporting period.