Major Easing of Restrictions for Queenslanders from 1 June 2020

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Queensland auctions and open homes boost to 20 people. Additionally, Queenslanders can also undertake unlimited travel including overnight stays from midday today (June 1). It’s a major easing of Covid-19 restrictions across the State. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the easing of intrastate travel restrictions comes well in time for the next school holidays. Equally important, it will also significantly kick-start tourism which has experienced an unprecedented downturn under strict coronavirus restrictions.

The Premier says Queenslanders’ outstanding response to the Covid-19 pandemic has allowed restrictions to be lifted early. It’s ahead of a planned move to Stage Two of the Roadmap to Easing Queensland’s Restrictions originally scheduled for June 12. Under the updated plan, Queensland auctions and open homes boost to 20 people. So, what does that mean? Real estate auctions are now permitted up to 20 people with an additional maximum 3 staff conducting the auction. Furthermore, open house inspections can host a maximum of 20 people with an additional maximum 3 staff conducting the open house inspection. For full details, refer to Queensland Health’s public health direction Non-Essential Business, Activity and Undertaking Closure (No. 10).

“We are able to move forward  is because Queenslanders have done an outstanding job of helping to smash the Covid-19 curve,” says Premier Palaszczuk. “From the Gold Coast to Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast to Gympie to Maryborough to Bundaberg. From Longreach to Mt Isa, to Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville and Cairns. Queenslanders will now be able to rediscover their state, travelling for as many nights as they like.

“This will go a long way toward giving our critical tourism industry a welcome boost after adhering to the necessary restrictions we were forced to impose. I encourage Queenslanders to take advantage of the easing of rules around intrastate travel.”

Deputy Premier Steven Miles also announced pubs, restaurants and cafes will be able to cater for more patrons for both food and beverage service from today. “Restaurants, cafes and pubs that continue to operate under a COVID safe checklist will be permitted to increase the number of patrons from 10 to 20,” he says. “And from Friday this week, with a COVID safe industry plan, venues with more space can to go further and allow up to 20 people in each separate area.”

For example, clubs, pubs and restaurants that have four or five defined separate indoor/outdoor areas can have 20 people in each area if the areas are big enough. However, every venue must continue to adhere to strict social distancing rules including limiting each patron to an area of four square metres and adhere to hygiene protocols.

“I know many Queenslanders look forward to having a drink out. It will be a different experience – you need to be seated and be served by a waiter to order your drinks. Crowds standing at the bar doesn’t support social distancing,” continues Miles. “While some venues need time to prepare, the confirmation of these changes give many the confidence to re-open for dining in or to increase the number of patrons. It creates more jobs too. I ask people to be patient as businesses get ready for this new stage and understand that staff are doing their best to help you enjoy more activities and keep safe.

“The same restrictions will apply to gyms and other health clubs, parks, museums and other public facilities such as libraries. By the same token, community sporting clubs with more than one field, limits of 20 spectators per field apply. The Government will work with bodies still subject to restrictions around preparing COVID Safe Industry Plans.”