Another state will enjoy new freedoms from 4pm TODAY – including wild house parties and dancing finally allowed at weddings
- Queensland has brought forward next phase of restriction easing in the state
- From 4pm on Friday, as many as 40 people at one time can dance at weddings
- Capacity at home and public gatherings in the state is also rising to 40 people
- Move to parts of stage five on state road map was not planned until November
Queensland has brought forward the next phase of restriction easing in the state after recording 36 days without any COVID-19 community transmission.
From 4pm on Friday, up to 40 people at a time can dance at weddings and aged care residents will be allowed to go on excursions.
The easing also allows the capacity at people’s homes and in public places to be increased from a maximum of 30 to 40 people.
The move to parts of stage five on the state’s health restrictions road map was not originally planned until November 1.
Up to 40 people at a time can dance at weddings in Queensland under fast-tracked COVID-19 restriction easing in the state
‘This is a great outcome. Effective from this afternoon, as a reward for Queenslanders, we will be able to, young people at formals, dance again,’ Deputy Premier Steven Miles told reporters.
Year 12 students can also now dance at end-of-the-year events and up to 40 people can dance at weddings with a COVID-safe plan.
Two new cases were diagnosed in Queensland overnight. Four remain active.
One of the cases is a miner who returned from Africa and Papua New Guinea and the other is a traveller who recently returned from the USA.
Both are in hotel quarantine in Cairns and on the Gold Coast.
Health officials completed 4,738 tests in the 24 hours to Friday morning.
They remain watchful of the situation in NSW and Victoria ahead of the potential reopening of the border at the end of the month.
Gatherings in public places has increased from a maximum of 30 to 40 people (stock image of school leavers at Schoolies on the Gold Coast)
It follows Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s critical remarks to a Cairns radio station on Thursday about the Palaszczuk government’s tough border stance.
The prime minister said ‘health borders’ should only be implemented for ‘health reasons and only as long as it is absolutely necessary’.
He also targeted Queensland’s requirement for NSW to record 28-days without community transmission before opening the border.
‘You’ve got to have realistic goals,’ he said.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. Deputy Premier Steven Miles said the latest easing of restrictions was ‘a great outcome’
Mr Morrison said the strict border rules were also causing tourism operators to miss out on domestic and international trade.
‘I’d love to see Kiwi holidaymakers coming to Queensland … but they won’t be,’ he said referring to a border bubble agreement allowing New Zealanders to visit NSW, the Northern Territory and ACT from Friday.
‘The Queensland government is still insisting on two weeks’ quarantine.’
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk hit back saying the state’s strong rules had allowed the state to focus on its economic recovery.