Queenslanders reminded not to ‘drop the ball’ with easing restrictions

From midnight tonight, a number of recreational restrictions will begin to ease in Queensland, though authorities are warning us not to ruin the progress.

Queenslanders will soon to allowed to visit national parks, have picnics, go fishing or boating, and motorbike riding.

Though there are still rules in place, including that we can’t venture more than 50 kilometres from our homes.


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That’s to stop out-of-towners from Brisbane and Logan hitting Gold Coast beaches.

We’re also only allowed out with our family or members of a household, or just one other person at a time.

Queensland Police will be beefing up their presence on the Gold Coast and Brisbane, with 140 extra officers to be deployed over the long weekend.

They’ll be keeping an eye on popular gathering spots, like Surfers Paradise beach.

Queensland’s Police Minister Mark Ryan told 1029 Hot Tomato’s Galey, Emily Jade and Christo that everyone still needs to be careful, and that the rules will be reversed if we can’t do the right thing.

“From this weekend, we’re seeing some small restriction relaxations when it comes to recreational activity.

“But people can’t drop the ball on this, if we drop the ball and take advantage of the relaxations, then we will find that COVID-19 will come back in force and we will have an issue that we need to tighten up restrictions again.

“So it’s a reminder to everyone, don’t be silly, don’t drop the ball, show common sense, please continue to socially distance, please continue to avoid any non essential work and non essential activity.

“But if you’re going to go out and have some recreational activity like going to the beach, going for a motorbike ride, please just continue to observe those really strong conditions, which is about social distancing.

“Don’t go anymore than 50 kilometres from home, and limit those outings to people of that same household, or one friend,” Minister Ryan said.

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