Vaccinated Queenslanders rewarded with life as normal
Published Tuesday, 09 November, 2021 at 10:14 AM
Premier and Minister for the Olympics
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
Minister for Health and Ambulance Services
The Honourable Yvette D'Ath
Minister for Tourism, Innovation and Sport and Minister Assisting the Premier on Olympics and Paralympics Sport and Engagement
The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced a range of measures that will see life return to normal for vaccinated Queenslanders while protecting those members of the community who are most vulnerable.
Pubs, clubs, nightclubs and music venues will be freed of all restrictions provided all patrons and staff are fully vaccinated.
The measures take effect from December 17th or once the State reaches 80% of eligible Queenslanders fully vaccinated whichever comes first and affect everyone 16 years of age and older.
The Premier said these measures are a reward for vaccinated Queenslanders who deserve their lives to be returned to normal.
They are also a greater measure of protection once borders re-open.
“This pandemic has been a long, hard road,” the Premier said.
“Soon our borders will open and COVID will be in our communities.
“This is about keeping our freedoms.”
From December 17th:
- Events at all Queensland government stadiums including Suncorp, The Gabba, Queensland Country Bank and Metricon will be for the fully vaccinated only including staff. That includes Big Bash, T20, One Day Internationals, NRL, AFL, State of Origin and concerts.
- Hospitality venues including pubs, clubs, hotels, bars, restaurants and cafes will be open only to vaccinated staff and patrons
- Entertainment venues including live music and karaoke bars will be for vaccinated staff and patrons only
- Music festivals both indoor and outdoor will be for vaccinated staff, performers and patrons only
- Government-owned galleries, museums and libraries will be for vaccinated only
- No COVID limit on weddings where all attendees are vaccinated
Police will enforce the requirements of the venues.
In order to protect the most vulnerable, visitors to Aged Care, Hospitals, Prisons and Disability Services will be required to be vaccinated except in end of life, childbirth or emergencies.
The first fully vaccinated event will be the Brisbane Heat v Sydney Thunder Big Bash League match at the Gabba on December 19th.
Tourism and Sport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said making sure spectators were fully vaccinated was critical to keeping all Queenslanders safe from Covid-19.
“If you want to see sporting spectacles like the BBL or State of Origin, you need to be vaccinated,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“Without double vaccination you won’t make it past the Gabba turnstiles from December 17th onwards.”
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said Covid-safe quarantine plans have already been developed with Queensland Health for the England and Australian teams for the first test on December 8th.
“Then the game changes again for all sports and concerts from December 17th,” Ms D’Ath said.
“Together as Queenslanders we are facing down the virus and building towards a brighter future.
“We now have a plan to chart our course to reopening borders for domestic and international travel.
“The COVID-19 Vaccine Plan to Unite Families outlines the steps to get us back to doing more of the things we love.”
Queensland Cricket CEO Terry Svenson welcomed the Heat’s first game at the Gabba being the first for doubled vaccinated fans only.
“Becoming fully vaccinated is vital for all Queenslanders to return to a normal way of life, including having crowds at our matches at venues like the Gabba and Metricon Stadium,” he said.
“Queensland Cricket supports the Government in creating a safe environment for fan and players.”
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