More COVID restrictions have eased across Queensland just in time for Easter with unvaccinated people welcomed back to a range of venues.
As of 1am, the unvaccinated are allowed to return to pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants as well as casinos, theatres, stadiums, libraries and museums.
The easing of vaccine mandates will also mean the need to check in at those venues has also been scrapped.
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Queensland Hotels Association CEO Bernie Hogan has welcomed the move saying it will ease a lot of pressure on venues.
“One of the very last things that were holding the industry to account (was) when it came to checking everybody’s vaccination status,” Mr Hogan said,
“So, realistically for many staff, it’s a relief, it’s that one extra argument that they don’t need to have anymore.”
Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland spokesperson Emma Clark says the change has been a long time coming and will only be a good thing for business.
“We’re expecting Queensland businesses will benefit from a bit of a consumer and a sector confidence boost from today, especially considering this mandate review and removal has been long overdue,” Ms Clark said.
People will still need to be vaccinated if they want to visit vulnerable settings including hospitals, aged care facilities and disability accommodation.
Workers in other settings including schools, childcare centres, prisons and airports will also still need to be vaccinated.
Queensland’s double-dose vaccination rate is at 91.89 per cent.