Queensland to significantly lift restrictions from next weekend


Karlie Brady


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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced she will begin lifting coronavirus restrictions from Saturday week. Image: Annastacia Palaszczuk Facebook

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has outlined how Queensland will implement the National Cabinet’s three stage plan to lift COVID-19 restrictions.

Form 11:59pm on 15 May, stage one will be implemented allowing pubs, restaurants and cafes to reopen. 

Prime minister announces three-step easing of COVID-19 restrictions

The Premier has also said she hopes to open up travel within the state in time for the June school holidays.

“This is going to be gradual, it is going to take time and we can’t rush this,” she said.

Stage one easing of restriction include:

  • Gatherings of a maximum of 10 people together in a public space
  • Dining in at restaurants, pubs, clubs, RSLs and cafes for a maximum of 10 patrons at one time as part of a gradual re-opening (no bars or gaming)
  • Recreational travel of a radius of up to 150km from your home for day trips
  • Some beauty therapies and nail salons for up to 10 people at one time
  • Reopening of libraries. playground equipment, skate parks and outdoor gyms (a maximum of 10 at one time)
  • Wedding guests increased to 10 people and funeral attendance increased to 20 (30 outdoors)
  • Open homes and auctions with a maximum of 10 people at one time;
  • Re-opening public pools and lagoons (eg South Bank, Cairns, Airlie Beach) with a maximum of 10 people at a time or greater numbers with an approved plan.

For Outback Queensland, where there have been no COVID cases, two special concessions have been made:

  • Dining in at pubs and cafes will be up to 20 for locals only, reflecting the important role these venues play in connecting small outback communities; and
  • Recreational travel of a radius of up to 500 kilometres reflecting the long distances in the Outback.

Stage two, effective 11.59pm, Friday, June 12 would provide for:

  • Gatherings at homes with a maximum of 20 visitors
  • Dining-in at restaurants, pubs, clubs, cafes and RSLs for up to 20 patrons at a time and an option for more with an approved COVID-safe plan
  • Holiday travel within your region

Stage three would include reviews of border closures and build to 100 customers for venues giving certainty to business, communities and families to be able to plan ahead.

“Stage two and three are aimed at gradually increasing travel distances and the number of businesses in time for the June school holidays, we will review these plans at the end of each month,” the Premier said.

“Having spoken to the tourism sector as well, we want to get some tourism going in time for the school holidays and I think that is really important. You will be able to travel within your region up to 250 kilometres to go to local destinations for a drive holiday and then in July we're hoping, fingers crossed, our numbers remain low and if everything is going well we will be able to open up travel right across Queensland.

“We will be reviewing our borders and if the rates of transmission track lower in New South Wales and Victoria we will look at enabling interstate travel.

“But let me put the proviso on that, it will be based on health advice and I will not put Queenslander’s and Queensland families at risk if there is a risk the border will remain closed,” the Premier said.

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