October 8, 2021
Queensland’s success in controlling another incursion from Delta has led to a relaxing of COVID-19 restrictions in south-east Queensland and Townsville.
From 4:00pm on Friday, restrictions will ease in the Local Government Areas of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Logan, Gold Coast, Palm Island and Townsville
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said the easing of restrictions was possible because Queenslanders were doing the right thing and prioritising the safety and wellbeing of themselves and others.
“This means we can increase the number of people able to gather in a home or public space and increase the number of people who can attend funerals and weddings,” the Minister said.
“I thank all Queenslanders who have been affected by the most recent restrictions for abiding by the rules because that’s what is keeping the community safe.
“Now, we are in a very privileged position and have the ability to relax these restrictions in time for the weekend.
“Once again, we faced another Delta incursion and were able to beat it, but we all need to remain vigilant because COVID is still right on our border.”
The new rules mean that in south-east Queensland:
- Up to 100 people are allowed in homes
- Up to 200 people can attend weddings and funerals
- Dancing is allowed, including at weddings (indoors and outdoors), subject to the one person per 2 sq m rule
- 100 per cent capacity at ticketed venues with allocated seating
- Visitors are permitted at aged care, correctional centres, hospitals and disability accommodation
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Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said there was still a requirement for mask wearing in the 11 LGAs of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Lockyer, Somerset, Logan, Redland, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Noosa and Scenic Rim.
“While you no longer have to wear masks at all times, please make sure you carry one whenever you leave your home,” Dr Young said.
“Mask wearing has been vital in Queensland’s response to the Delta variant and I believe it has helped a great deal in managing Delta incursions.
“People are still required to wear masks, in certain circumstances, when they are in one of the 11 south-east Queensland LGAs.
“Mask wearing is reviewed every two weeks, so please ensure you are following this health advice.”
Mask wearing requirements in the 11 LGAs:
- Carry a mask at all times in case you cannot socially distance
- Continue to wear masks indoors unless seated
- However, for hospitality venues, masks only need to be worn for entry and exit
- Masks should be worn at all times on public transport and in ride shares