Various restrictions have eased again in Queensland, as we continue our recovery from the coronavirus crisis.
From 1.00am this morning, more people will be allowed back into the state from northern New South Wales.
While hospitality venues with outdoor areas will be allowed to welcome back more people.
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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says it’s all thanks to Queenslanders doing the right thing.
“We’re taking measured steps, based on the health advice, to keep our economic recovery on track and the virus at bay,” she posted on Twitter.
“It’s only possible because of our strong health response. So thank you. Let’s keep working together,” the post reads.
Five more government areas of northern New South Wales can now apply for a ‘border resident’ pass to come into the Sunshine State.
The areas of Byron Bay, Ballina, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Glen Innes will be included as part of the border zone, meaning Queenslanders can also travel there and back.
Everyone who hopes to cross into Queensland still must declare that they haven’t been outside the new zone within the last 14 days.
While the northern boundary of the zone will be taken away from today, meaning northern New South Wales zone residents can travel freely throughout the whole state.
Police are warning of heavy delays at the border crossings this weekend, as everyone gets used to the new rules.
Extra officers have been deployed to checkpoints to make up for the Defence Force Troops who have now left.
Also from today, capacity rules are being eased for venues with outdoor spaces, along with outdoor events and stadiums.
The one person per four square metre rule will change to one person per two square metres for outdoor areas.
While stadium capacity will go from 50 percent to 75 percent, and events will be able to host up to 1,000 people.
That’s provided approved Covid safe plans are in place.
“Pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafés can now have double the number of patrons outdoors,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk tweeted.
“Restrictions have also eased on theme parks, zoos and stadiums, while up to 1,000 people can attend outdoor events such as sports carnivals and school fêtes.”
To apply for a border pass, or to find out more information, click here.
At the time of writing, the Queensland Health website was yet to update information around the changes.