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COVID-19 social rules to be relaxed in QLD from May 16

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By Juliano Oliveira

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has informed that COVID-19 social rules are going to be relaxed from May 16.

The roadmap released by the Queensland Government considers three stages of openness in social activities.

What will be allowed?

Stage 1

  • Gatherings of a maximum of 10 people together in a public space
  • Dining in at restaurants, pubs, clubs, RSLs and cafes for a maximum of 10 patrons at one time as part of a gradual re-opening (no bars or gaming)
  • Recreational travel of a radius of up to 150km from your home for day trips
  • Some beauty therapies and nail salons for up to 10 people at one time
  • Reopening of libraries. playground equipment, skate parks and  outdoor gyms (a maximum of 10 at one time)
  • Wedding guests increased to 10 people and funeral attendance  increased to 20 (30 outdoors)
  • Open homes and auctions with a maximum of 10 people at one time;
  • Re-opening public pools and lagoons (eg South Bank, Cairns, Airlie Beach) with a maximum of 10 people at a time or greater numbers with an approved plan

Outback Queensland

  • Dining in at pubs and cafes will be up to 20 for locals only, reflecting the important role these venues play in connecting small outback communities; and
  • Recreational travel of a radius of up to 500 kilometres reflecting the long distances in the Outback.

Stage Two

It will be effective Saturday, June 13 would provide for:

  • Gatherings at homes with a maximum of 20 visitors
  • Dining-in at restaurants, pubs, clubs, cafes and RSLs for up to 20 patrons at a time and an option for more with an approved COVID-safe plan
  • Holiday travel within your region

Stage Three

It is possible to include reviews of border closures and build to 100 customers for venues.

According to the State, stages Two and Three aim at gradually increasing travel distances and numbers for businesses in time for June school holidays.

“All things going well, from June school holidays, Queenslanders will be able to drive and stay at accommodation for the first time since the pandemic hit,” the Premier said.

“These are sensible, gradual steps to a safe COVID recovery that reconnects our communities and keeps the economy moving,” the Premier said.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said increases in COVID-19 cases are possible but manageable if Queensland continues its careful approach.

“People have been wonderful,” Dr Young said.

“That has got us this far.

“We have to keep vigilant and take each step carefully.”

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