Qld COVID restrictions ease, vaccine mandates scrapped

Queensland COVID-19 restrictions are easing further next week, with vaccine mandates set to be lifted in most venues across the state.

From 1am Thursday 14 April unvaccinated Queenslanders will be allowed back into venues such as pubs, clubs, and restaurants.

It comes as Queensland recorded 9,946 new cases of COVID-19 and eight deaths in the past 24 hours.


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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said 90.5% of the state aged over 12 years old have received at least two doses of a COVID vaccine.

“It’s time to reunite Queensland,” the Premier said.

“The restrictions we had in place did their job, keeping our community safe and encouraging vaccination.”

Vaccine requirements will still apply to visitors and workers in vulnerable settings including hospitals, aged and disability care, prisons, schools and early childhood centres.

Venues that will open to unvaccinated include pubs, clubs, cafés and restaurants, theme parks, casinos and cinemas, weddings, showgrounds, galleries, libraries, museums and stadiums.

For all venues where you no longer have to show vaccination status, you will no longer have to check-in as well.  

Chief Health Officer Dr John Gerrard says the second wave of COVID has reached it’s peak, however he expects hospital admissions to start to fall from now until Easter

“We now have clear evidence from multiple sources that we have past the peak of transmission of the secondary omicron wave within Queensland,” Dr Gerrard says.

He says there has been a “significant increase” in hospitalisations with this current wave, however there are “very few” admission to the ICU.

“We know that vaccinations protect us from severe disease,”

“It is clearly because of vaccination the impact of this virus on the Queensland community has been relatively mild.”