Queensland restrictions to ease early after zero new COVID-19 cases

Queensland has recorded zero new local cases of COVID-19, as restrictions for 11 LGA's have been brought forward to ease on Friday.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said that one new case was detected in hotel quarantine and three new cases on an offshore tanker.

Restrictions surrounding community sport, gatherings, weddings, funerals, indoor and outdoor events, which were originally set to ease on Sunday at 4pm, will now be eased on Friday at 4pm.

READ MORE: NSW records 633 new local cases of COVID-19

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.Police are working at the Queensland-New South Wales border to ensure only essential workers enter the sunshine state, in a bid to stop the virus from spreading.

Easing of restrictions will affect the local government areas of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Lockyer, Somerset, Logan, Redland, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Noosa and Scenic Rim.

Thirty people will be allowed in homes and public spaces, while weddings and funerals can have up to 100 people.

Community sport can resume with reduced spectators and there will be a 75 per cent capacity for indoor ticketed events and stadiums.

However residents will still need to carry a face mask at all times and wear it when indoors or when they are not able to social distance outside.

High School students will also be required to continue wearing masks in their classrooms for another week.

READ MORE: Victoria records 24 new COVID-19 cases

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Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said some restrictions will remain while NSW border closures are tightened.

As previously announced, any essential worker who crosses the border must have at least one vaccine by Friday.

Dr Young said people in Queensland should not be crossing the border unless it is absolutely necessary.

"I put to you whether or not you should be crossing that border. Really think very, very carefully about it."

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