Coronavirus restrictions eased in Queensland

Restrictions imposed to halt the spread of coronavirus are being eased in Queensland.

Queenslanders will be able to have picnics, visit national parks and shop for non-essential items.

They will also be allowed to ride a motorbike, jetski or boat for pleasure, or go for a drive when the restrictions are eased from 11.59pm Friday 1 May.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the easing of restrictions following encouraging signs that the state is flattening the coronavirus curve.

Queenslanders can do all the things listed above provided they adhere to the following conditions:

  • They stay within 50km of home
  • Social distancing and hygiene is maintained
  • Outings are limited to members of the same household or an individual and one friend

All other rules including gatherings and limits on visitors remain in place, the premier said.

The rate of new infections will be watched closely and the measures reviewed after two weeks.

“The first sign of a spike we will not hesitate to clamp back,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“This is a test-run to see what effect easing restrictions has on the containment of COVID-19.

“I encourage all Queenslanders to back this first step so that we can keep the virus away and help everyone start to get their lives back.”

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young supported the new measures.

“Before you couldn’t leave home unless it was for essential reasons like getting groceries or exercising or going to work and you had to stay in your suburb where possible,” Dr Young said.

“Now we are saying you can have more flexibility but remember we are still having to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

State Disaster Coordinator Steve Gollschewski said police will assist people to understand the new rules but will still enforce flagrant breaches.

“Police will be understanding but this isn’t an invitation for people to undo everyone’s hard work,” he said.