Premier outlines plan to ease coronavirus restrictions

More travel, leisure activities and larger gatherings will be allowed over the coming weeks as coronavirus restrictions are relaxed in Queensland.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has outlined what restrictions will be relaxed between now and mid-June.

Ms Palaszczuk announced the plan on Friday, hours after the Prime Minister mapped out a three-step road to a COVID-19 safe Australia.

From Saturday May 16, the following will be permitted in Queensland:

– Gatherings of 10 people together in a public space

– Dining at restaurants, pubs, clubs, RSLs and cafes for a maximum of 10 patrons at one time as part of a gradual re-opening (no bars or gaming)

– Recreational travel of a radius of up to 150km from your home for day trips

– Some beauty therapies and nail salons for up to 10 people at one time

– Reopening of libraries. playground equipment, skate parks and outdoor gyms (a maximum of 10 at one time)

– Wedding guests increased to 10 people and funeral attendance increased to 20 (30 outdoors)

– Open homes and auctions with a maximum of 10 people at one time

– Re-opening public pools and lagoons (eg South Bank, Cairns, Airlie Beach) with a maximum of 10 people at a time or greater numbers with an approved plan

Stage Two of the plan kicks in on Saturday 13 June when the following will be allowed:

– Gatherings at homes with a maximum of 20 visitors

– Dining-in at restaurants, pubs, clubs, cafes and RSLs for up to 20 patrons at a time and an option for more with an approved COVID-safe plan

– Holiday travel within your region

Stage Three will include reviews of border closures and build to 100 customers for venues giving certainty to business, communities and families to be able to plan ahead.

“All things going well, from June school holidays, Queenslanders will be able to drive and stay at accommodation for the first time since the pandemic hit,” the premier explained.

“These are sensible, gradual steps to a safe COVID recovery that reconnects our communities and keeps the economy moving.”

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said increases in COVID-19 cases are possible but manageable if Queensland continues its careful approach.

“People have been wonderful,” Dr Young said.

“That has got us this far.

“We have to keep vigilant and take each step carefully.”

Earlier on Friday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison outlined his roadmap to a COVID safe Australia, but said it was up to states and territories to decide what restrictions would be lifted and when.

Mr Morrison said it was the aspiration, as agreed by premiers and chief ministers, that the country will have moved through the three steps come July.