“Queensland’s done a mighty job,” the Premier said.
Seven new local cases, all of which have been linked to the school outbreak, have been recorded in the state. Subsequently, restrictions will remain in place despite the lockdown ending yesterday in all 11 local government areas of south-east Queensland.
For the next two weeks, mandatory mask-wearing will be in place and that includes all school staff and early educators as well as high school students.
“Masks are absolutely critical. They are your protection,” Ms Palaszczuk said. The Education Department has, in turn, sourced smaller-sized masks so that all students who turn up to school without a mask will then have one.
Guests are now allowed to visit with up to 10 people permitted to be in homes including those who live there as well as up to 10 people gathered in public places. While community sport has been postponed for the next two weeks, businesses and venues, including places of worship, retail, dining, gyms, beauty and personal care services, are allowed to operate with the one person per four square metres, or 50 per cent capacity with seated, ticket allocations.
Weddings and funerals can be attended by 20 people in total visitors are allowed back at hospitals and aged-care facilities.
Residents living in south-east Queensland have also been advised to not travel to regional areas as Cairns and Yarrabah areas have gone into a snap lockdown due to reported cases. This will be a three-day snap lockdown ending at 4pm, Wednesday 11 August.
“Unless you are an essential worker, then please put off plans to visit family and friends in regional Queensland for the next two weeks,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
For more info on restrictions and impacted areas, see the Queensland government website.