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Major easing of restrictions has started in Queensland

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By Juliano Oliveira

Queensland Government has decided to anticipate the possibility of residents to travel anywhere within the state border.

Stage two of the “Roadmap to easing Queensland’s Restrictions” was originally scheduled for June 12.

“The only reason we are able to move forward with our planned Stage Two ahead of the original June 12 date is because Queenslanders have listened to the advice, acted on that advice and done an outstanding job of helping to smash the Covid-19 curve,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

Ms Palaszczuk said the easing of intrastate travel restrictions – by road, rail and air within Queensland – would come well in time for the next school holidays and would significantly retake the state’s tourism industry.

Pubs, cafes and restaurants are also going to be able to cater to more patrons for both food and beverage service as part of the easing strategy announced by the Government.

These venues will be permitted to increase the total number of patrons from 10 to 20.

“And from Friday this week, with a COVID safe industry plan, venues with more space will be able to go further and allow up to 20 people in each separate area, seated for meals or drinks,” Deputy Premier and Health Minister Steven Miles said.

“However, every venue must continue to adhere to strict social distancing rules including limiting each patron to an area of four square metres and adhere to hygiene protocols.”

According to Mr Miles, the same restrictions will apply to gyms and other health clubs, parks, museums and art galleries, in churches and places of worship and other public facilities such as libraries.

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