Annastacia Palaszczuk announces Queensland is SCRAPPING mask mandates and winding back restrictions at pubs and restaurants in Australia’s latest step toward normality
- Queensland’s mask mandate and density limits will end as of 6pm, March 4
- Masks still required on public transport, at airports, in aged and disability care
- Density limits to end in food courts, gyms, hairdressers, weddings and funerals
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced the end of masks and density limits in the state as the Omicron wave passes.
From 6pm, March 4, masks will no longer need to be worn in most settings in Queensland, including workplaces, school and shops.
Staff and patrons will not be required to wear them as cafes, pubs and restaurants.
Masks will still required on public transport, at airports, in aged and disability care and at prisons.
‘Smiles are back,’ Ms Palaszczuk said in making the announcement in the Queensland parliament on Tuesday morning.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced the end of masks and density limits in the state
Mask wearing will end in most settings in Queensland from 6pm, March 4. Pictured: Gold Coast residents wearing masks during the pandemic
Restrictions on the number of people allowed at weddings, funerals and in homes will also be dropped from March 4.
Density limits will also no longer apply in food courts, hairdressers, gyms, private venues and universities.
School excursions and assemblies will also be permitted again, and restrictions on the number of visitors to schools will also end.
The announcement came as Ms Palaszczuk said 5,583 new infections were recorded in the state, with five deaths in the past 24 hours including one in aged care.
There are now 380 people in Queensland’s public hospitals with Covid, including 30 in ICU.
The premier said 42.11 per cent of 5-11 year-olds had now received one dose of Covid vaccine.
She defended her government’s record in managing the pandemic, noting that NSW had suffered through lockdowns and lost billions of dollars in economic activity because the virus spread in the state while vaccination numbers were low.
Ms Palaszczuk said the decision to delay the start of the school year in the state by two weeks was ‘absolutely right’
‘Some places fared better than most, one of those places is Queensland,’ she said.
‘When Covid came to Queensland 80 per cent of our population was already vaccinated.
‘The data shows our decision to delay the return to school was absolutely the right one.
‘The numbers of children infected is currently lower than the peak in mid-January.
‘We are cautiously optimistic the number of hospitalisations and infections has peaked.
Queensland schoolchildren returned to school years two weeks later then originally planned, on February 7, in order for more children to receive a first dose of vaccine.
The premier told parliament daily Covid-19 press conferences will end as of March 1 and Chief Health Officer Dr John Gerrard will only appear ‘when needed’.
Data on new Covid-19 cases will continue to be published daily, she said.