Restrictions for people living in 11 south-east Queensland council areas will be rolled back from 4pm today, Friday August 27. But Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said in a press conference this morning that mask-wearing is still an important tool in minimising the spread of Covid-19 and, therefore, those rules will remain.
Restriction changes apply to the local government areas of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Gold Coast, Lockyer, Logan, Noosa, Redland, Somerset, Sunshine Coast and Scenic Rim.
People in these 11 regions are still required to carry a mask at all times and wear one indoors – including in the workplace – or when they are unable to physically distance outside. People in the rest of Queensland are encouraged to wear masks but it's not mandatory, unless they're at an airport, on a flight, or at a stadium. Everyone is encouraged to carry a face mask at all times and wear one when physical distancing is not possible. Palaszczuk says it will be reviewed every two weeks.
This welcome news follows zero community cases reported in Queensland over the past 24 hours, marking 20 days since there was an active case in the Queensland community. “Well done Queensland, you’ve done a mighty job,” Palaszczuk said.
Other rule changes for residents include being able to have up to 100 people inside their homes, and there won’t be a limit on people gathering in public spaces.
Social distancing rules for inside cafes, restaurants, pubs, galleries, indoor play areas and places of worship will relax, with businesses able to double capacity to the one person per two-square-metre rule. Dancing will also be allowed across the state, and people will be able to drink while standing up.
Stadiums will be able to increase from 75 per cent to 100 per cent, but patrons must wear a mask at all times and must be seated when eating or drinking. The cap on funerals and weddings is increasing to 200 people.