Queensland is easing four more coronavirus restrictions from this afternoon after a 36-day stretch of no community transmissions — two people tested positive in the past 24 hours but both are in hotel quarantine.
- Year 12 students will be permitted to dance at formals starting at 4:00pm today
- Up to 40 people will be able to gather in groups at home or in the community
- Aged-care residents will again be able to go on excursions
Health Minister Steven Miles said stage five would be brought forward, as a “reward for Queenslanders”.
From 4:00pm today, people will be able to gather in groups of 40 in homes or in the community, Year 12 students will be able to dance at school formals, 40 people will be able to dance at weddings and aged care residents will be able to go on excursions.
“We are doing this in a graduated way, testing throughout the incubation period, at least 14 days each time, to make sure that each easing hasn’t had an impact on our ability to control the virus,” he said.
Mr Miles said the state would wait before making any decision on easing border restrictions, with a decision due at the end of the month.
“We will continue to monitor the situation in NSW and Victoria before making any decision on reopening our border,” Mr Miles said.
There are now four active cases in the state after 4,738 tests overnight, including 204 in Townsville, where COVID-19 was detected in the wastewater.
Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said of the two cases, one was a miner who had returned from Africa and was in hotel quarantine in Cairns.
The other person returned from the United States and was in hotel quarantine on the Gold Coast.
“The two new cases in Queensland are both in hotel quarantine so are not a risk to the community,” Dr Young said.
“As more Australians come home, we will see more Australians with the virus.”
Dr Young said there had now been about 38 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally, with more than 1 million deaths around the world.