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Australia COVID-19 restrictions to ease across Greater Brisbane

02:28  21 january  2021
02:28  21 january  2021 Source:   9news.com.au

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Annastacia Palaszczuk holding a teddy bear: Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has confirmed Greater Brisbane will be reverting back to the eased COVID-19 restrictions which were in place in December from 1am tomorrow. © Nine Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has confirmed Greater Brisbane will be reverting back to the eased COVID-19 restrictions which were in place in December from 1am tomorrow.

Greater Brisbane will revert back to the COVID-19 restrictions in place in December, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced, as the state marked another day of no new community cases.

From 1am tomorrow, the use of face masks will no longer be compulsory in indoor settings and increased gatherings will be permitted in homes, outdoors and at major events.

It comes as Queensland recorded one new case of the virus overnight in hotel quarantine: an Emirates crew member who has since departed the state.

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This easing of restrictions in Brisbane includes the following changes:

  • Gatherings of up to 50 people inside homes;
  • Gatherings of up to 100 in public spaces;
  • One person per two square metres in hospitality venues, such as pubs, cafes and restaurants with contact tracing requirements in place;
  • Up to 200 people at weddings and funerals;
  • All guests at such events permitted to dance, both indoors and outdoors;
  • Masks are no longer compulsory, expect where required in airports and on planes under federal legislation.

Currently, only 20 people are allowed to gather inside homes, businesses must abide by a four-square-metre rule indoors and only 100 people are permitted to attend weddings and funerals.

"This is wonderful news today and can I sincerely thank the people of Great Brisbane in those local government areas of Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Redlands and Moreton – you have done an absolutely terrific job," Ms Palaszczuk said.

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map: The Greater Brisbane area - which takes in Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, Redlands and Moreton Bay - will revert back to the same restrictions as the rest of Queensland. © Nine The Greater Brisbane area - which takes in Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, Redlands and Moreton Bay - will revert back to the same restrictions as the rest of Queensland.

She said the wearing of masks was still encouraged in crowded spaces such as on public transport and in shopping centres.

"We only have 23 active cases and in the past 24 hours, we have had 7410 tests, so once again well done," Ms Palaszczuk said.

Queensland's Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young has described today's coronavirus results as "excellent news".

a person holding a teddy bear: Queensland's Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young has described today's coronavirus results as © Nine Queensland's Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young has described today's coronavirus results as

She noted that today marked 14 days since the last case related to the Grand Chancellor quarantine hotel went into quarantine.

"We have done an enormous amount of testing throughout Greater Brisbane and we have not found other cases," Dr Young said.

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"We did see those three initial cases all transmit to their closest contacts so that gives evidence that this is a particularly infectious strain."

Dr Young encouraged anyone across Greater Brisbane with even the mildest symptoms come forward for testing, especially over the next fortnight.

She also praised new rapid COVID-19 testing that could turn around results within minutes, but said they were not necessary in Queensland.

"You use those when you want to pick up the majority of cases," she said.

"We want to pick up every single case, not the 20th or 30th."

Empty city streets in Brisbane during its snap three-day lockdown earlier this month. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has refused to rule out another lockdown should another coronavirus breakout occur.. © Getty Empty city streets in Brisbane during its snap three-day lockdown earlier this month. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has refused to rule out another lockdown should another coronavirus breakout occur..

She noted that Queensland's testing capacity had no issues currently processing and turning around test results using its current, more sensitive testing.

Ms Palaszczuk said that any further easing of COVID-19 restrictions before the vaccine rollout took effect was unlikely.

"That would be my understanding," she said, while noting she would follow health advice.

She also refused to rule out further lockdowns or tightening of restrictions if there were to be another hotel quarantine breakout.

"The last thing we would want to see is that UK strain embedded in our population, because that would cripple our economy."

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