Qld isolation rules to ease from tonight

Close contacts of COVID-19 cases in Queensland will be spared from having to isolate for seven days as of today.

The restriction will be scrapped at 6pm on Thursday night.

The move brings Queensland into line with New South Wales, Victoria, the ACT and South Australia.


People will need to still wear masks in indoor areas and return a negative rapid test every two days.

They will also be banned from visiting vulnerable settings including hospitals and aged care facilities for seven days.

Close contacts who have symptoms but test negative will be asked to remain at home.

Health Minister Yvette D’ath has warned that the easing of the isolation rule will likely lead to a rise in cases.

“It will mean, by people going out into the community, back into their workplace while they are a close contact, there is greater risk that they will become positive and spread that to other people,” Ms D’ath said last week.

“So it is more important than ever that people, whether they are in a household with a positive place or not, be watching for symptoms and getting themselves tested and staying home.”

Unvaccinated international travellers will also be spared from quarantining as of 6pm tonight.

That has raised questions about the need for the Wellcamp quarantine facility in Toowoomba but the state government insists the facility will still be put to use.