Restrictions lifted in Greater Brisbane as state records no new local COVID cases

RESTRICTIONS across Greater Brisbane will be lifted at 1am on Friday after Queensland once again recorded no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed on Thursday there was just one new case recorded in the state, an Emirates flight crew member who is in hotel quarantine.

It means, from 1am tomorrow, the region will go back to the roadmap outlined in December.


Cafes and restaurants can return to the one customer per two square metre rule and people can stand to drink in licensed premises.

Weddings are allow up to 200 guests and guests are free to dance again.

50 people will also be allowed to gather in homes.

Masks will no longer be mandatory but must still be worn in airports and on planes, as per National Cabinet guidelines.

However, the Premier said residents were free to wear them if they wished.

“If you’re going into a crowded area or on public transport or in a shopping centre and you can’t socially distance and you feel uncomfortable, just put a mask on,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“You can do that, that’s entirely up to you.”

The Premier said it was tremendous news for the state, after a difficult couple of weeks.

“I think there would be a lot of other places around the world that would be very envious of the lifestyle that we have here in Queensland,” she said.

“I want to preserve that lifestyle for many years to come and, of course, as we go through the rollout of the vaccine in months to come, I think it’s very important that we think about the journey that we have all been on over the past year where our lives have changed.

“But we have come through this together, we have come through it stronger and we’ll continue to do that every single day.”

Chief Health Officer, Dr Jeanette Young, said she was pleased authorities had managed to contain the outbreak at Brisbane’s Grand Chancellor Hotel, where six cases of the highly-infectious UK strain had been detected.

Over 1,200 contacts were identified and have since been given the all clear.

“We haven’t seen any further spread which is fantastic,” Dr Young said.

“So we’re now 14 days which is then time that we can remove all those restrictions but it is particularly important for the next 14 days that here in Greater Brisbane, anyone with any symptoms at all, please just come forward and get tested.”

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