Restrictions to ease early as Qld records zero new local cases

A number of COVID-19 restrictions will be eased across Queensland just in time for the weekend after the state recorded another day of zero new local COVID-19 cases.

Restrictions were due to be relaxed in the South East on Sunday, but Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed authorities had agreed to bring forward the easing of some restrictions to Friday.

It means that from 4pm on Friday 20 August, up to 30 people will be able to gather in homes and public spaces.


Community sport has also been given the green light to resume with reduced spectators and in line with density requirements, while indoor and outdoor events and stadiums will be allowed to have 75% ticketed and allocated seating capacity.

In some exciting news for brides and grooms across the South East, capacity at weddings has been increased to 100 attendees, with up to 20 people allowed to hit the dancefloor.

The number of people able to gather at funerals has also been increased to 100 people.

Premier Palaszczuk said the move to relax restrictions was “testament to Queensland’s excellent response” to the latest Delta outbreaks.

“We faced a very tough test in the past month with the Indooroopilly cluster and two cases in Cairns,” the Premier said.

“But once again, Queenslanders proved they were up to the challenge… I have no doubt that the restrictions put in place saved lives.

“But we are now in the fortunate position of being able to wind back these restrictions so people can resume a life as normal as possible.”

Some restrictions like mask-wearing will remain in place for at least another week, however they will only need to be worn in indoor public spaces.

The State’s top doctor said people in the local government areas of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Lockyer, Somerset, Logan, Redland, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Noosa and Scenic Rim will still be required to carry a mask at all times.

High school students in the same local government areas will also be required to continue wearing masks while in the classroom.

“While you no longer have to wear a mask at all times, you are still required to carry one with you when you leave home,” Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young said.

“You must wear it indoors – places like shopping centres, supermarkets, retail outlets, hospitals and aged care facilities – or if you are outside and unable to physically distance.”

The one-person-per-four-square-metre rule for hospitality venues including pubs, clubs and cafes will remain in place for at least another week.

While there have been no new local coronavirus cases in Queensland today, four new overseas acquired cases have been recorded.

One was detected in hotel quarantine, while three were detected on a marine vessel.