26 September 2023

Restrictions lifted as virus eases

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The Chief Health Officer has given the go-ahead for some COVID-19 restrictions to be eased as recoveries from the virus increase.

Under the moves, some National Parks will partially reopen as the State reports 98 active cases with 926 recoveries and six deaths.

Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk said Queenslanders were doing a great job of listening and following directions which was flattening the curve.

“We will lift some of the stay-at-home restrictions, but can I say this is a very small step that we need the public to 100 per cent cooperate with because if we do see mass gatherings, I will not hesitate to clamp back down,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

She said plans from two sporting codes had been forwarded to the Chief Health Officer for advice.

“I’m sure everyone would like to see sport resume but it needs to be compliant with health advice and National Cabinet will consider key principles,” the Premier said.

Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Leeanne Enoch said the fact that some outdoor areas could reopen was great news and a reward for Queenslanders doing the right thing during the pandemic.

The Chief Health Officer’s announcement includes the reopening of summit tracks at Mount Coolum, the Glasshouse Mountains and Mt Bartle Frere.

However, a number of popular swimming areas, barbeques and all campgrounds that are currently closed will remain closed.

From 1 May, Queenslanders will be able to leave their homes for recreation and the distance they can travel has been extended.

They can go for a drive; ride a motorbike; jet-ski or boat for pleasure; have a picnic, and shop for non-essential items.

However, social distancing and hygiene must be maintained, and outings must not extend beyond 50 kilometres of home. Outings must also be limited to members of the same household or an individual and one friend.

All other rules, including gatherings and limits on visitors, remain in place.

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