Rules loosened as Queensland remains on road to recovery
Published Friday, 27 August, 2021 at 12:14 PM
Premier and Minister for Trade
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
Minister for Health and Ambulance Services
The Honourable Yvette D'Ath
The Queensland Government will relax a raft of restrictions today, allowing for larger home gatherings, bigger weddings, and capacity crowds at stadiums and ticketed venues.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that Queensland would enter Stage 3 of the Unite and Recover Roadmap at 4pm today.
“This is a milestone every Queenslander should be proud of,” the Premier said.
“To be able to lift so many restrictions is testament to the way we have handled this pandemic, including the most recent cluster.
“As of this afternoon, you will be able to host up to 100 people at your home. There will be no limit for people gathering in public spaces.
“Cafés, pubs and restaurants can now have one person per 2m² or 100 per cent capacity if they are ticketed and seated. You no longer need to be seated when eating and drinking.
“One person per 2m² or 200 people, or 100 percent allocated seated and ticketed capacity (whichever is greater) will now be allowed at funerals and weddings. And I’m delighted to announce that all wedding guests can dance as long as they comply with the one person per 2m² rule.
“We still need to be mindful of the risk of COVID-19 incursions from other states, but we should also make the most of our own fortunate circumstances.”
Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Yvette D’Ath said she was grateful for the hard work of Queenslanders to be at this stage.
“Queenslanders have done a wonderful job of helping avoid COVID-19 outbreaks like those occurring in other states and deserve the opportunity to enjoy events with fewer restrictions,” Minister D’Ath said.
“Stage 3 allows for 100 per cent capacity for stadiums, however masks must be worn at all times, except when eating or drinking,” Minister D’Ath said.
“Likewise, ticketed venues with allocated seating, like indoor sporting events and theatres, can operate at 100 per cent capacity. All restrictions are removed for community sport.”
Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said face masks would continue to play an important role in keeping Queenslanders safe, especially in the south-east corner.
“I have no doubt masks were critical in preventing more cases during the Indooroopilly cluster,” Dr Young said.
“Given there are very serious COVID-19 risks in other states, south-east Queenslanders are required to continue carrying a face mask with them at all times unless they have a lawful reason not to. They must also be worn on public transport and in ride-shares and indoors, unless you can stay at least 1.5m away from other people.
“In south-east Queensland, masks must be worn by teachers and staff at all schools, and students at high schools.
“For the rest of Queensland, we encourage everyone to carry a mask and wear it if they cannot physically distance from other people.”
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