December 11, 2020
Queensland’s last remaining border restrictions – on hotspots in South Australia – will be lifted from 1:00am on Saturday (December 12).
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also announced on Friday that New Zealanders will be able to holiday in Queensland without entering mandatory hotel quarantine when they arrive.
New Zealand has achieved 28 days without community transmission of an unknown source.
“Thanks to the diligence of Queenslanders, our State is about to open to all Australians and to our friends across the Tasman,” the Premier said.
Travellers from New Zealand will need to apply online for a free Australia Travel Declaration from the Department of Home Affairs, at least 72 hours prior to departure.
Dancing indoors in pubs, clubs and nightclubs will also be permitted from noon on Monday (December 14), subject to the one person per two square metres rule.
Queensland is now operating under Stage 6 of the Roadmap to Easing of Restrictions, which includes:
- Gatherings: Gatherings in public outdoor spaces of 100 people permitted across Queensland. Gathering in homes of 50 people permitted.
- Indoor premises: Indoor premises, such as restaurants, cafes, pubs, clubs, museums, art galleries, places of worship, convention centres and Parliament House, allowed one per person per two square metres.
- Wedding ceremonies: Up to 200 people can attend a wedding ceremony and all guests can dance.
- Funerals: Up to 200 people can attend a funeral.
- Indoor events: Seated, ticketed indoor venues, such as theatre, live music, cinemas and indoor sports, permitted to operate at 100 per cent capacity with patrons to wear masks on entry and exit.
- Outdoor events: Outdoor events permitted to admit 1500 people with a COVID Safe Event Checklist. Larger events require a COVID Safe Plan.
- Dancing: Outdoor dancing permitted. From noon on Monday (December 14), indoor dancing will be permitted, subject to the one person per two square metre rule.
- Open air stadiums: Open air stadiums permitted to operate at 100 per cent seated capacity (with a COVID Safe Plan).
- Residential care: Visits are allowed to those receiving residential care at a mental health or drug and alcohol service.