A VERY happy Mother’s Day! Queensland relaxes more restrictions and allows up to FIVE people to visit each other from Sunday
- Five people from one household will able to visit another household in QLD
- ‘I think this is going to be welcomed,’ said Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
- The Sunshine State suffered two new cases on Wednesday, both on Gold Coast
Five people from one household will able to visit another household in Queensland from Sunday.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the relaxation of the rules on gatherings in her state is ‘great news for families’.
‘I really want to thank Queenslanders for a great job that they have been doing right across our state and I think this is going to be welcomed by families, especially on Mother’s Day, starting this Sunday,’ she said.
The Sunshine State suffered two new cases on Wednesday – both on the Gold Coast relating to a cruise ship.
In terms of relaxing restrictions, Queensland is already ahead of Victoria and New South Wales after allowing people to leave the home for recreation from last Friday.
Five people from one household will able to visit another household in Queensland from Sunday. Pictured: Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
New South Wales will not relax any coronavirus restrictions until next week, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said today.
On Friday the national cabinet will set out a three-step framework to ease the rules – but state and territory leaders will be able to choose when they implement the changes.
Premier Berejiklian today said she will not be changing any rules until after Mothers’ Day.
This means only four adults and their dependent children can gather at one time in Australia’s most populous state, as has been the case since Friday.
‘I want to manage expectations and say if national cabinet does suggest easing of restrictions, they won’t be able to be made in time for Mother’s Day,’ the Premier said.
‘Two adults and children can visit any mother at any one time and a mother can accept multiple visits a day so long as there is not too many people for each visit,’ she added.
New South Wales will not relax any coronavirus restrictions until next week, Premier Gladys Berejiklian (pictured today) said
State and federal leaders will decide on what rules are to be eased on Friday at a crucial national cabinet meeting. Cafes are pegged as one of the first places likely to reopen
The news brought a mixed reaction from NSW residents. Some called the Premier a ‘dictator’ and demanded an end to ‘draconian’ lockdown – while others applauded her caution and said she was doing a ‘wonderful’ job.
NSW One Nation Leader Mark Latham told Daily Mail Australia the Premier’s decision not to ease the rules was ‘very foolish’.
He said: ‘We have footy teams training in NSW. Some of the worst rule breakers in society have been rewarded while hard-working small businesses are locked down and going broke with a record rise in unemployment.’
The national guidelines released on Friday will likely flag the re-opening of cafes and restaurants and gatherings of up to 10 people under the first ‘tranche’ of changes states can make.
Domestic and inter-state travel will be allowed under the second tranche, Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy said.
Gatherings of more than two people could be allowed under new national guidelines – but NSW will not be following them straight away