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Australia Greater Brisbane celebrates easing of COVID-19 restrictions

08:55  22 january  2021
08:55  22 january  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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Samantha Thomas and Desmond Smith were originally planning to get hitched in Hawaii last week, but were happy to tie the knot in a Brisbane registry office today instead.

COVID-19 put a stop to an American wedding some time ago.

"Next best thing: backyard party!" Sam said.

But when stronger contact restrictions and masks were mandated across Greater Brisbane earlier this month, she said she became "a little bit nervous".

By good luck more than design, coronavirus restrictions eased just hours before the big occasion, meaning they could go ahead with a gathering of 50 friends and family to celebrate.

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"I'm kind of glad everything's OK," Sam said.

"And all our guests could come, that's good," Des said.

Asked what had helped her get through the nervous wait, Sam replied: "Alcohol and talking to my auntie, exercise — but mainly alcohol.

"I feel really lucky. I've got an amazing partner, I've got amazing family and friends to share this special day with.

"Little bit nervous about being the centre of attention, but I'm sure that will pass."

Aged care visits allowed again

The easing restrictions mean hospital and aged care visits are once more allowed across Greater Brisbane.

Lorraine Archer moved into the Arcare Seven Hills Aged Care centre late last year, but for the past fortnight she could only see her family from behind glass while talking to them on the phone.

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Jo Gates has been taking her partner's children to these special visits arranged by the centre's staff.

"Lorraine will definitely start getting visits every day now," she said.

"It'll be great to be able to get back in there again and have the kids in there and have longer visits with her.

"It's especially hard for my partner Eleise — she works away and she's away two weeks and comes back one week.

"It was very difficult for her because she likes to see her mum in that one week she's back, so she wasn't able to actually go in and say goodbye before she left for her two weeks away.

"I know that Lorraine loves to have the company of all her family and the grandchildren, so it definitely took its toll on both of us."

Shops and cafes have copped it

Small business owners have been at the brunt of the economic pain felt throughout the pandemic, which is what made the most recent restrictions particularly painful for businesses who were hoping the worst was behind them.

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West End store owner Peter Marinelli said he understood the need for restrictions, but made it hard for businesses like his.

"Let's hope that over the next few days we see a lot of people do come out and get back into the spirit of, you know, sitting down and enjoying a coffee and spending their money and just walking around in general," he said.

"We are very lucky compared to what other people [overseas] are going through."

He said all tiers of government in Australia had done a good job in limiting the spread of the pandemic.

"But we can't just say: 'We're coming out of COVID now and it's all over'.

"I think we need to really look at the next 12 months and work out what we can do to help small business owners, but help the general public to get out and be confident."

Rosemary MacBride said she frequented West End because it was her favourite part of Brisbane, but she noticed the drop-off in street trade.

"I think on the whole people my age stopped going out as much as they used to," she said.

"I've come to West End every day for a coffee regardless, but I was wearing my mask mostly and there's social distancing happening in all the cafes.

"I think Queenslanders in general were very obedient in terms of following the guidelines, wearing masks.

"I don't go out as much as I used to — I used to go to concerts and galleries and all sorts of things — but I'm very glad we're in Queensland and not in the UK."

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