The great outdoors beckon as Queensland relaxes restrictions
Published Wednesday, 14 April, 2021 at 02:47 PM
Minister for Health and Ambulance Services
The Honourable Yvette D'Ath
Queenslanders will be able to hold unlimited private gatherings outdoors as authorities ease a raft of restrictions tomorrow.
From 6am Thursday, 15 April, several restrictions will be relaxed, meaning masks will only be mandatory in certain settings and families can visit ill or elderly relatives in hospital or nursing homes as normal.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk thanked Queenslanders for their patience and cooperation throughout the pandemic.
From 6am, Thursday, 15 April 2021:
• Face masks will only be mandatory in airports and on planes. Masks will no longer be required in indoor spaces such as shopping centres, supermarkets, retail outlets or public transport or outdoors when you can’t physically distance, however masks will still be required in high risk settings such as hospitals and aged care facilities.
• Hospital patients, aged care and disability accommodation residents and prison inmates can resume receiving visitors as normal. There will still be circumstances under which people cannot visit high-risk facilities across Queensland. More information is available on Queensland Health’s website.
• Gatherings in private residences (homes and accommodation) will increase from 30 to 100.
• There will be no restrictions on the number of people that can gather in public spaces.
• Retail food services, entertainment venues and high-risk businesses can open for standing when eating and drinking, both inside and outside.
• All restrictions previously in place for outdoor based businesses, activities and undertakings will be removed, except for dance and music festivals which still need to meet some requirements.
• Dancing is allowed under the one person per 2 square metre rule and physical distancing observed both indoors and outdoors.
Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Yvette D’Ath acknowledged the prompt response by health workers and Queenslanders.
“Throughout the recent clusters, our contact tracers were working hard to follow up close and casual contacts and get the word out about venues that positive COVID-19 cases visited. This helped us to quickly contain the spread,” Minister D’Ath said.
“Thank you to all those who turned out to get tested. We had an overwhelming response and this has all played a role in easing restrictions two weeks down the track and further open up the state to Queenslanders and visitors.
“The Chief Health Officer is satisfied the risk of there being more cases in the community is now very low,” she said.
Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young reminded Queenslanders and visitors to the state to remain vigilant.
“It’s great news that we’re able to ease even more restrictions and while we’re not yet returning to normal, we’re steadily getting closer,” Dr Young said.
“We’re very lucky here in Queensland to be able to have gatherings and outdoor events, to go out to restaurants and cafes, go dancing and only have to wear masks in certain settings.
“But we must remember that we’re still in the midst of a global pandemic. We must continue to be vigilant.
“Get tested if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, stay at home when you’re sick, check in to venues, and continue to practice good hand hygiene and physical distancing as much as possible so we can continue to live with minimal restrictions.”
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