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Queensland restrictions to ease from 6am Thursday


Masks will no longer be mandatory, dancing will return, and visits will resume to aged care and disability homes, hospitals and prisons when weeks of tight restrictions in Queensland come to an end on Thursday.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the welcome announcement on Wednesday, more than two weeks after the state was plunged into a snap three-day lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 after two separate clusters emerged from the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

At least 19 cases have been linked to the two clusters, which spread after a doctor and nurse at the hospital became infected while treating a returned traveller.

Ms Palaszczuk thanked Queenslanders for their “mighty job”.

“It has not been easy … But by doing that we’ve kept everyone safe,” she said.

“I won’t say there won’t be future cases where we have to wear masks, I don’t know the future, but we are easing restrictions.

“(And) Dr Young said there are no issues with easing restrictions from 6am (instead of 12pm).”

What will change from 6am Thursday:

Masks will no longer be mandatory indoors except at airports, but Queenslanders will be encouraged to carry one and wear it on public transport or where social distancing is not possible Standing will be allowed at pubs and clubs while eating and drinking Visitors at private residences will increase to 100 Visitors will be permitted at aged care and disability care homes, hospitals and correctional facilities Dancing at nightclubs and indoor venues will be permitted Weddings and funerals will be allowed to host 200 guests Outdoors there will be no restrictions on gatherings Ticketed venues and open-air stadiums will be able to return to 100 per cent capacity

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