Coronavirus restrictions ease in Queensland despite new COVID-19 case, with no limits to camping ahead of Easter break



Queensland is easing some coronavirus restrictions today as planned, despite the detection of a new case of community transmission.

Limits have been imposed on some facilities in the city, but otherwise the state is moving closer to life as normal.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she wanted the relaxed changes to be in place ahead of the Easter school holidays.

This is what Queenslanders can now do.

Bigger parties at home and outdoors

From 1:00am today, you can have up to 100 people at your house, doubling the allowable number from 50 people yesterday.

Outdoor events can now have 500 people, which is a five-fold increase from previous restrictions.

But, if you’re planning to carve up the dance floor … be sure to take it easy.

The one-dancer-per-2-square-metre rule still applies.

What about camping?

Camping is obviously a popular Easter long weekend activity, so the Premier made sure there was no limit to the number of people allowed at camping sites from today.

A row of caravans at a holiday park.
There is no limit to the number of campers allowed on sites now.(ABC News: Tara Cassidy)

Previously, there was a limit of one camper for every 2 square metres.

“It means Easter camping holidays with more friends, more business for our tourism operators and … much more money for our tourism towns,” Ms Palaszczuk said on Thursday.

What’s the hoo-ha about lifts?

The Premier made a big deal about elevator restrictions in parliament this week.

The number of people in lifts had been restricted to just four people at any one time — until now.

A floor of a lift showing four sets of feet symbols, white on blue in the four corners of the lift.
From today, the number of people allowed in lifts expands from four to six.(ABC News: Brian Hurst)

From today, that goes up to six people.

That means — in theory — an office block could fill up 33 per cent faster.

“That means more money into our sandwich bars, our coffee shops,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

She touted the benefit for holidaymakers too.

“That makes holidays in beach-front high rises a bit more enjoyable,” she said.

What restrictions remain?

It’s important to remember the social distancing rules still apply.

This includes keeping your 1.5 metre distance, or two big steps, between people in restaurants, cafes, pubs, clubs, museums and art galleries.

People crowd around outside tables at a beachside cafe and sit under large umbrellas on a sunny day
Venues still have a one-person-per-2-square-metre rule.(ABC News: Tara Cassidy)

All of those venues are all still under the one-person-per-2-square-metre rule.

There are also still some restrictions in place for weddings and funerals.

Weddings and funerals can have up to 200 people in any sized venue, or more if the venue is big enough to meet the one-person-per-2-square-metre ratio.

Seated ticketed venues can have 100 per cent capacity with patrons encouraged to wear masks on entry and exit.

Stadiums can have 100 per cent capacity with a COVID Safe Plan — again with masks encouraged on arrival and departure.

The state government also encourages everyone to have a mask on you when you leave home and wear it if you can’t maintain distance, like on buses and trains.

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