More restrictions will ease across the southeast, after another day of no new coronavirus cases in Queensland.
It marks two weeks that the state hasn’t seen a case of community transmission, a good sign that the recent outbreak is now over.
From tomorrow, the remaining areas across the southeast will have their gathering restrictions revert from 10 people back to 30.
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Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, Scenic Rim, Somerset, Lockyer Valley, Moreton Bay and Redlands are among those areas that will get back to normal from tomorrow.
Aged care visits and hospital visits will also be able to return for those areas.
Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young says this is a great sign that we’ve been able to control the recent outbreak linked to the detention centre, and the Logan women who returned from Melbourne.
“So we’ve now had 55 cases related to those clusters, and it’s been a really amazing response from Queenslanders.
“So our COVID safe plans, I think were really tested, and they came forward and they showed that they worked.
“And that’s really reassuring, because as we go forward, we know we can’t eliminate this virus from Queensland, no matter how successful we are at our borders, there is always that ongoing risk.
“So we need to be ready, if we have another incursion into Queensland, we now know that we can manage those incursions though our processes, through our hospitals and health services, with contact tracing and testing. Testing is so important,” Doctor Young said.
BREAKING: Restrictions will ease in Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, Scenic Rim, Somerset, Lockyer Valley, Moreton Bay, and Redlands from 1am tomorrow, September 25.
— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) September 23, 2020
While the gathering limits will go back to 30 for the whole state, the Chief Health Officer has stamped out a return to gathering limits of 100, which we had before the detention centre outbreak.
Jeanette Young says limits of 30 will have to be the new normal.
“There was a limit of 100 and we’ve reduced that back to 30.
“We’re now 8 months into this virus, and we’ve understood things. We know now, that indoor and family gatherings, are the biggest risk.
“And that’s why unfortunately as we go forward, to protect everyone, we need to permanently reduce those 100 gathering sizes down to 30, just because that is what has really protected as us we’ve dealt with this most recent cluster,” Doctor Young said.