Restrictions ease early!

By Luke Smart

Restrictions ease early!

On Sunday Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that Queensland would be easing coronavirus restrictions early. Stage Two of easing restrictions were scheduled to begin on June 12, but the Deputy Premier Steven Miles said it had been brought forward.

Starting from June 1 Queenslanders will be permitted to travel anywhere in the state for recreation and stay overnight (including school holidays), with the exception of Indigenous communities. Ms Palaszczuk said,

“Start planning your holiday! We’re opening Queensland for Queenslanders.”

Up to 20 people will be allowed to dine-in at restaurants and cafes, to attend a cinema, library, museum, art gallery, or place of worship, provided they are operating under a COVID-safe checklist. The same rule will apply to bars, but patrons must be seated.

Mr Miles said gyms could also re-open from Monday, and from Friday they could increase patronage to up to 20 people in each section.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young reminded people all of the same rules surrounding the 1.5-metre social distancing, personal hygiene and staying at home if you are sick, still apply. Dr Young said venues were also responsible for keeping the contact details of anyone who attended their premises, should it be needed for contact tracing in the event of an outbreak.

Gatherings of up to 20 people in homes and public spaces will also be allowed, with funerals increasing to a maximum of 50 people.

The announcement comes as a welcomed relief for a lot of Queenslanders as for a lot of businesses, opening for just 10 people was not financially viable.