COVID relief: Greater Brisbane restrictions to ease


Strict COVID restrictions currently in place in Greater Brisbane will ease at 1am on Friday.

It comes as one new coronavirus case was recorded in the state - a flight crew member who has already left the state.

Ms Palaszczuk said Greater Brisbane residents could remove their masks from tomorrow except at airports and when travelling on planes.

She praised the state's "tremendous" work in defeating the mutant UK strain.

"Can I sincerely thank the people of Greater Brisbane," she said.

"You have done an absolutely terrific job and because of that it means the masks can come off."

She said the state wanted to avoid the same fate as parts of the UK, where hospitals are overwhelmed.

"We don't want to see that here," Ms Palaszczuk said.

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said today marked 14 days since Queensland had had an infectious case of the virus in the community.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Dan Peled
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Dan Peled

She encouraged people to continue to get tested, with 7400 tests conducted in the past 24 hours.

Health Minister Yvette D'Ath urged Queenslanders to continue to carry masks, and to use them when they were unable to socially distance, such as when travelling on public transport.

Queensland still has 23 active cases of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

As reported in The Courier-Mail today, the easing of restrictions means dancing will be back, visitor limits to homes and restaurant limits raised.

Wedding and funeral guest limits will return to 200 people, private gatherings at homes would be set to a 50-person limit and seating capacities at open-air stadiums could reach 100 per cent.

Indoor venues, including restaurants, cafes, pubs, clubs, libraries, places of worship and art galleries, would also be allowed to cater to one person per 2sq m - a boost from 4sq m.

Private gatherings of up to 100 would be allowed in public spaces, such as parks, while the mask mandate is expected to end and the dance ban is set to be lifted.

Ticketed venues, such as theatres, cinemas, live music venues and indoor sports centres, will return to 100 per cent capacity, but patrons will be encouraged to wear masks on entry and exit.

"We've got one more day to go, it's all looking very positive," Ms Palaszczuk said yesterday.

"We will be able to advise the Greater Brisbane region (on Thursday) whether or not those restrictions will be able to be lifted."

Queensland recorded two new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, but both were detected in hotel quarantine - bringing the total number of active cases to 25.

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said there had been positive sewage test results on the Gold Coast and in Cairns North.

"It's really important that if anyone is sick to just come forward and get tested," Dr Young said.








Originally published as What Brisbane restrictions will look like from Friday