Queensland announces major easing of restrictions

Restrictions will be eased further in South East Queensland after the state recorded another day with zero local cases of COVID-19.

There were two cases in returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

It has now been 20 days since the state had an active case in the community and there remain 30 active cases in the state.

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People walking near the Brisbane CBD after lockdown began on July 31, 2021 in Brisbane.

What are the new restrictions across Queensland?

  • 100 people in homes
  • 200 people or one person per two square metres at weddings and funerals
  • Dancing is back. People can stand and mingle at venues
  • Cafes, restaurants and pubs double their capacity to one per two square metres
  • Stadiums return to 100 per cent capacity
  • Masks still mandatory indoors and when social distancing is not possible

This kicks in at 4pm today for South East Queensland.

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Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles said NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro had approached the government about collaborating on the current situation at the Queensland-NSW border.

The border is currently closed to all people from NSW, save for a small handful of essential workers, creating chaos for families and businesses in the border towns of Tweed and Coolangatta.

"Of course we will work with them to put in place any measures we can to keep the border safe but minimise its impact to the extent that it is possible," Mr Miles said.

One possible solution that has been floated is moving the border further south, either to the Tweed River or possibly to the southern end of the Tweed Shire.

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Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said there would be "high visibility" of police on both sides of the border this weekend with more protests anticipated.

She said police were "supportive of peaceful protest" and had a good relationship with local protest groups.

She encouraged protesters to "work with us".

Twelve people have been handed hefty fines for entering Queensland illegally.

Regional quarantine facility

Ms Palaszczuk yesterday announced the government was pushing ahead with construction of a 1000-bed quarantine facility at Toowoomba without federal government support.

The facility, which is expected to be operational before Christmas, will be funded by the Wagner family and built next to Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport.

The state still requires federal government approval to land commercial passenger flights at the airport.

9News understands if that approval is not granted, quarantining guests would be bussed in from Brisbane.

Queensland yesterday recorded zero locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and two overseas acquired cases in hotel quarantine.

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