Queensland’s state-wide mask mandate will be scrapped in most indoor settings from 6pm Friday, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced on Tuesday. This includes at workplaces, schools and shops. Hospitality staff and patrons will no longer be required to wear them in cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants.

Queenslanders will still need to wear a mask on public transport, in hospitals, disability care, prisons and aged care, in airports and on planes.

Also announced today: density limits will be scrapped in food courts, hairdressers, gyms, private venues and universities, as well as at weddings and funerals. And there will no longer be a cap on the number of people you can have in your home.

The decision comes as Queensland recorded five more Covid-related deaths and 5,583 new cases in the latest reporting period.

“We are cautiously optimistic the number of hospitalisations and infections have peaked, which is why today I can make this announcement,” said Palaszczuk.

Schools will again be allowed to host assemblies and excursions, while restrictions on visitors to schools are also lifting.

“As these restrictions ease, parents who are yet to have their children vaccinated might want to consider bringing those vaccinations forward,” said Palaszczuk.

The premier also announced the government would no longer hold daily Covid press conferences from next month.

“This is all about getting our lives back to a new normal,” she said.“Normal does not include a televised daily Covid update. We will still publish Covid numbers every day, but from the first week of March we will only see our chief health officer when needed.”

For further information, see the state government’s Covid-19 information page.