When will lockdown end in Queensland

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When will Queensland ease restrictions?

On Friday 8th May, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the National Cabinet’s three step plan for coming out of lockdown over the next few months.  The strategy of the three step plan is to ease restrictions gradually, with each stage reviewed every three weeks to evaluate whether social distancing measures are keeping COVID-19 numbers low, and though the Prime Minister admits that there will be outbreaks, setbacks and challenges along the way, the goal is to achieve a COVID safe economy with most restrictions eased by July this year.

As announced by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Queensland's calendar for easing lockdown is as follows. 

Stage One: Friday 15 May

As of next weekend, the following will be allowed:

  • Up to 5 visitors from separate households allowed to your home 

  • Gatherings of up to 10 people allowed for: 

    • Outdoor, non-contact activities 

    • Dining in at cafes, restaurants and pubs 

    • Personal training 

    • Indoor and outdoor swimming pools 

    • Public spaces and lagoons 

    • Parks, playgrounds and outdoor gyms 

    • Libraries 

    • Weddings 

    • Hiking and other recreational activities 

  • Funerals can have up to 20 people indoors and 30 outdoors 

  • Recreational travel for day trips of up to 150kms within the state 

Stage Two: Friday 12 June 

Pending the evaluation of stage one measures, further openings and relaxed restrictions will mean the following is allowed: 

  • Gatherings of up to 20 people: 

    • At home 

    • For dining in, including restaurants, cafes, pubs, clubs and bars 

    • At indoor cinemas 

    • At amusement parks, zoos, tourism experiences and arcades 

    • At concert venues, theatres and similar 

    • At beauty salons and spas 

    • For non-contact indoor and outdoor sport 

    • For personal training 

    • At gyms and yoga studios 

    • At indoor and outdoor pools and sports clubs 

    • In museums, galleries, libraries, historic sites and places of worship

    • For weddings

    • In playgrounds, parks and outdoor gyms 

    • For hiking, camping and other recreational activities in state parks 

    • In tourism accomodation 

  • Recreational travel, camping and accomodation (up to 250kms from your home) 

Stage Three: Friday 10 July 

Pending the evaluation of stage two measures, gatherings of up to 100 people will be allowed for all of the activities and businesses previously listed, with further businesses such as nightclubs, food courts, tattoo parlours and non-therapeutic massage parlours added. Borders will also reopen, with intrastate travel permitted. 

Public health rules to maintain physical distancing, four square metres per person indoors, hand hygiene and frequent environmental cleaning and disinfection will also remain in place throughout all of the three stages. 

If checks at the end of each four week stage have positive results, Queensland will be out of lockdown and almost back to normal by the July.  See you at the pub for beer when it's all over!

by Celine Battendier

When will Queensland ease restrictions? May 2020
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