The Queensland government has released a new Covid-safe road map for the rest of the year that will see further restrictions rolled back, including, from November 1, the reopening of its border to New South Wales. That means NSW residents will be able to enter Queensland without quarantining – although they will still need to get a border declaration pass to cross.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the state is able to ease restrictions “because Queenslanders have done a brilliant job”.
She added that it does, however, rely on one thing. “There’s only one proviso. We want to make sure people are keeping up with their social distancing,” she says.
The rules will change at the start of each month.
From 4pm today, people will be able to stand up in a licensed venue and drink. Density requirements for businesses have been relaxed to one person per two square metres, including outdoor dining, beer gardens and theme parks.
Outdoor events can also have more attendees now, with numbers rising from 500 to 1000; open-air stadiums and amphitheatres can now be filled to 75 per cent capacity, up from the previous 50 per cent. All these restrictions will be relaxed provided businesses and venues have a Covid-safe plan or checklist in place.
The border reopening will go ahead from November 1, provided NSW does not see any community transmission over the next 28 days. “That would mean there may be a possibility of opening up to New South Wales if there is no community transmission. But, of course, their health experts are also concerned about some undetected community transmission at the moment. They’re about to go into school holidays. So we’ll be watching that space very carefully.”
People will be able to have gatherings of up to 40 people, including at home and at a wedding.
From December 1, up to 50 people may gather in homes and public spaces, 1500 people will be able to attend outdoor events, and there can be “unlimited dancing” at weddings.