Queensland relaxes its coronavirus restrictions two weeks early after zero cases overnight – but still REFUSES to open its borders
Queensland has brought forward the next stage of easing COVID-19 restrictions by almost two weeks, but will not open borders until at least July.
Queenslanders will be able to travel statewide and pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes will be able to seat up to 20 people from midday on Monday.
Premier Annastacia Palaczczuk says the easing of restrictions has been brought forward after zero new positive tests overnight for COVID-19 while just five cases remain active in Queensland.
The next stage of restrictions were meant to be activated on June 12.
‘Our state’s outstanding response to the COVID-19 pandemic has allowed restrictions to be lifted ahead of a planned move to Stage Two,’ Ms Palaszczuk tweeted on Sunday.
‘Start planning your holiday! We’re opening Queensland for Queenslanders from noon tomorrow.’
The interstate travel also includes overnight stays with Ms Palaszczuk saying the easing of restrictions was due to the ‘remarkable’ effort by the public.
Gatherings of up to 20 people are also allowed and all hospitality venues would be operating under a COVID-safe checklist.
The Queensland Government had given itself until Sunday to decide which restrictions will be eased next.
Ms Palaszczuk said she wants Queenslanders to travel statewide and support hotels and tourism operators but will not open the borders in June.
She said they were working with the hospitality industry to further open their businesses with 20 people per area, providing it meets the one person per four square metre restrictions.
‘I know it’s been difficult and you’ve continued your takeaway, but now you can go up to 20,’ Ms Palaszczuk.
‘We will definitely review that (opening borders) at the end of June.’