From this Saturday, May 16, Queenslanders will once again be allowed into restaurants, pubs and clubs according to a three-month road map for easing coronavirus restrictions across the state.
Under the plan, food and drink venues will be allowed to serve up to 10 patrons at a time, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced on Friday. Beauty therapy and nail salons will also be allowed to accomodate up to 10 people.
Larger outdoor gatherings will now be on the cards, with up to 10 people allowed to gather in parks, pools and other public areas, and residents will be permitted to travel up to 150 kilometres from their home for recreational purposes.
Wedding parties of 10 people will now be allowed, with numbers capped at 20 people for indoor funerals and 30 for outdoor funerals. Residential visits remained capped at five visitors, but those visitors can now come from separate households.
Beyond the cities, regional and outback restrictions will be relaxed further, with 20 patrons allowed inside restaurants and pubs and the recreational travel restriction widened to 500 kilometres.
If the initial relaxations are judged a success, further stage two easing will apply from June 13 with eateries, bars, gyms, health clubs, indoor cinemas, theatres and pubs all permitted a maximum of 20 patrons. Residential visits will also be capped at 20 people.
On July 10, all going to plan, stage three relaxations would see residents allowed to travel freely both within Queensland and interstate. Stage three would also allow 100 patrons inside restaurants, cafes and bars, and up to 100 people to gather at a range of public spaces such as places of worship, museums, art galleries, indoor cinemas, open homes and auctions.
“I am announcing our clear Queensland plan for the next three months,” the premier said. “Of course, there may be setbacks along the way but I hope this plan can give certainty to Queenslanders as we map our path forward.
“Our tourism industry, hospitality, restaurant, accommodation [are] all multi-billion-dollar industries and there are thousands of people working in those industries and people and businesses want certainty so this gradual return to some form of normality in our post-Covid world [will] look a bit different but we will back each other and get through this together.”
The announcement came after a national cabinet meeting on Friday that agreed on the plan. The premier said the stages would be assessed month to month.