Bigger house parties, weddings allowed as COVID-19 restrictions eased

House parties with up to 100 people and as many as 25,000 spectators at major sporting events will be allowed as COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed in Queensland.

The relaxation of restrictions in stage 3 begin on Friday 3 July at midday – a week earlier than planned.

This means a greater return to normality for Queenslanders.

“For small businesses like restaurants and cafes, for couples getting married, for young people wanting to celebrate their 21st at home, for community sporting teams and their spectators, for sports fans, museum goers and event managers, life has gotten easier,” Deputy Premier and Health Minister Steven Miles said.

Stage 3 measures include allowing:

– Private gatherings of up to 100 people (rather than the current 20) in homes – great for special birthdays and celebrations of milestones

– Wedding attendance increases from 20 to 100 (and the reception size increases too)

– Contact indoor and outdoor community sport starts with an approved plan

– More events, with events of more than 10,000 people requiring a COVID Safe Event Plan approved by the Chief Health Officer

– Up to 25,000 spectators or 50 per cent of capacity (whichever is the lesser) at Queensland’s major sports facilities

– Additional venues such as casinos, nightclubs and food courts to reopen

As of Friday, the maximum amount of customers a business can have will be determined by 4sqm rule at any given time. However smaller venues below 200sqm, can have one person per 2sqm or up to 50 customers at a time, provided they keep a register of customers.

“For example, a 100 square metre café can currently have 25 patrons, with five of them in a separate area; now they can have up to 50 patrons,” Mr Miles explained.

“And patrons will be able to go to the bar to collect your food and drink – meaning faster service at many locations.”

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has also announced that Queensland’s borders will open to interstate visitors – except for Victorians – on July 10.

“We have seen more than 250 cases of COVID-19 in Victoria over the past week and there is sustained community transmission there,” she said.

“We cannot risk removing our border restrictions for those people coming from areas in Victoria right now. 

“From Friday, anyone travelling from Victoria will not be permitted to cross the Queensland border and if they do they will have to quarantine at a hotel at their own expense.”

Travellers entering Queensland will have to complete a border declaration stating they have not been to local government areas in Victoria in the previous 14 days.

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