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For the next fortnight, masks will be compulsory indoors across Queensland. Image – Canva
  • Comes as only one new non-overseas case was recorded
  • Masks will be strongly encouraged outside when social distancing is not practical
  • Restrictions will be lifted on 15 April

This morning, the Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, announced the snap lockdown in Greater Brisbane would be lifted at 12PM today as originally planned.

10 new cases were recorded today, however, nine of these were in hotel quarantine with the other case linked to the known clusters.

Impressively, 34,711 tests were taken yesterday across the state.

Unsurprisingly, Ms Palaszczuk is pleased with these results.

“I want to thank everyone who has contributed to this mighty team effort,” the Premier said.

“I particularly want to thank businesses and their staff who have all made sacrifices to make this lockdown so effective.

“I know we’re all looking forward to Easter however it is still so important that all Queenslanders continue doing the right thing and adhering to the remaining restrictions.”

Annastacia Palaszczuk, Queensland Premier

From midday today to Thursday 15 April, restrictions will be eased, however, many rules will still apply.

A face mask must be carried at all times across the whole of Queensland – not just the Greater Brisbane area.

It will be compulsory to use when indoors at all times – unless, of course, you have a lawful exemption and when drinking and eating. Outside, it is strongly recommended to wear the mask if it is not practical to stay more than 1.5 metres from others, such as when using busy walkways and thoroughfares.

Gatherings being held in private residences are limited to 30 persons – the same restriction seen across the rest of Queensland during Brisbane’s lockdown.

Outside in public spaces, up to 500 people can gather.

Visitors to facilities such as aged care, disability accommodation, hospital and correctional will continue to be restricted.

Seated drinking and eating is allowed at restaurants, cafes, bars and nightclubs – but no standing is allowed.

It has also been announced that Queenslanders are free to travel around the state – which has received a warm reception due to the upcoming Easter long weekend – however, interstate travel may be tricky due to other states and territories imposing border restrictions.

During the lockdown, auctions and home opens were banned across the Greater Brisbane area with significant restrictions for the rest of the state.

This ban has now been lifted and will return to pre-lockdown rules, but with the additional mask rule for indoor and where appropriate outdoor spaces.

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