Qld scales up mask mandate as Covid-19 case numbers BALLOON

Queensland continues to report a record high number of Covid-19 cases, as authorities bring in tighter restrictions in time for Christmas.

Another 186 were reported this morning, more than double the number reported yesterday.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says thankfully, no one is really sick from the virus just yet.


There is still just one person in hospital with significant symptoms and that person has ‘multiple medical problems’ according to the Queensland Chief Health Officer.

It’s prompted the state government to scale up the mask mandate, with new rules to come in for cinemas, theatres and hospitality venues.

From 5.00 am tomorrow, December 23, masks will be mandatory for staff and patrons for all theatres and cinemas.

While hospitality staff will also have to wear masks. Patrons are still excluded in hospitality venues.

Meantime, there have been mounting calls for officials to consider relaxing the testing requirements for people to come into Queensland.

Testing queues over the border have sometime exceeded six hours, with reports it was due to those who had to get tested to come into Queensland.

The Premier said it’s not Queensland’s border requirements that are specifically contributing to this, but they will review the requirements in the new year.

“It frustrating the people in NSW because there are so many people getting tested because the variant, Omicron, is rampant in NSW.

“I don’t want rapid here in Queensland.

“I want Queenslanders to have a good and safe New Year.

“I have a lot of elder population who don’t have boosters out. I want them to get their booster shots,” the Premier said on Wednesday morning.

“We are happy to get some further advice from AHPPC about rapid Antigen test.

“We will look at whether this is approved that we may be to legalise them in the new year from 1 January but between now and the new year, we will require those PCR test people coming into a state. 

“It was part of our plan and we want to keep the virus out as much as we possibly can over the Christmas and New Year,” the Premier said. 

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