“Easter is good to go,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced as she ended the three-day snap lockdown in Brisbane today after only one COVID case has been recorded overnight.
“I understand a lot of families in Greater Brisbane have made plans and the last thing we want to see are accidents on our roads at 5pm this afternoon into the evening. So if you have plans, the lockdown is lifted from 12 noon today and I encourage people to take care on the roads,” Palaszczuk said.
While the lockdown will end, a number of restrictions will remain in place for all Queensland. The following protocols will still apply for the next two weeks:
- Mandatory masks in public indoor spaces, including shopping centres, indoor workplaces and public transport
- Masks must be carried whenever you leave home
- Patrons must remain seated at food and beverage establishments and the two-square-metre rule will apply
- Household gatherings will be limited to 30 people
- No dancing in public venues
- Outdoor events can proceed with a COVID-safe plan but if attendees are unable to socially distance, masks must be worn
- No personal visitors allowed at aged care homes, disability care, hospitals and correctional facilities, with some exceptions for end-of-life care
While church services with 100% capacity are given the go signal, the two-square-metre rule and wearing a mask of all attendees must be implemented.
Meanwhile, visitors to aged care and disability facilities, hospitals and prisons will not be allowed. The restrictions will likely remain for the next fortnight, with only end-of-life visits permitted.
“They can’t have other visitors which I know is very, very difficult over this Easter period,” Queensland chief health officer Dr. Jeanette Young said. “Hopefully when we get all of those sites vaccinated in the future, we won’t have to do that again but we need to, at the moment, protect our most vulnerable.”