June 1, 2020
Queensland’s COVID-19 restrictions eased again from noon on Monday (June 1) but what exactly are the changes?
Barriers to travel within Queensland have been removed – except for remote areas and discrete Indigenous communities such as Cherbourg.
Queenslanders will be able to undertake unlimited travel including overnight stays – by road, rail and air – but only within Queensland. The State’s borders remain closed.
There will also be a further easing of restrictions at pubs, cafes, restaurants, gyms, museums, art galleries and places of worship.
“Restaurants, cafes and pubs that continue to operate under a COVID Safe checklist will be permitted to increase the total number of patrons from 10 to 20,” Deputy Premier and Health Minister Steven Miles said.
“And from Friday this week (June 5), 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.
“For example, some surf clubs, pubs and RSLs may have four or five defined separate indoor and outdoor areas. They can have 20 people in each of these areas if the areas are big enough.
“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.
“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.
“In relation to community sporting events where clubs have more than one field, limits of 20 spectators per field will apply.”
Some South Burnett venues are expected to take immediate advantage of the easing of restrictions.
Kingaroy RSL Club is scheduled to re-open for lunch and dinner on June 1o, subject to the approval of its COVID Safe plan.
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There have been no new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Queensland during the past 24 hours, and only five cases remain “active”.
This is the fourth day in a row that Queensland has reported no new cases.
Two of these five patients are in hospital, both in intensive care.
A total of 197,367 tests have been carried out in Queensland since the pandemic began.
There are 1776 people still in active self-quarantine across Queensland, including 76 in the Darling Downs Health region.
An analysis of the source of infection for the 1058 confirmed cases to date shows the vast majority acquired the disease overseas, although there are still 41 cases that continue to be unexplained:
- Locally Acquired: Close contact with confirmed case – 176
- Locally Acquired: No known contact – 41
- Acquired Interstate – 18
- Acquired Overseas – 819
- Under Investigation – 4
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* Queensland Health notes that changes may occur in the number of notifications reported from day-to-day. This is due to updates as new information becomes available or where discrepancies are detected through data quality assurance activities.