Anyone with an upcoming birthday will be pretty happy to hear that as of 1am on Friday 25 September, gatherings of up to 30 will be allowed in people's homes and outdoors across Brisbane and the surrounding areas, meaning you can have that party after all.
The news comes as Queensland reached a milestone of 14 days without any cases of community transmitted COVID-19. Back in mid-September, Queensland Chief Health Offiecer Dr Jeannette Young said she'd consider easing the restrictions that limited gatherings to just 10 people if the state had 0 cases of community transmission for a fortnight, and as of this morning, that is officially the case—and Young has come through.
The change brings Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, Scenic Rim, Somerset, Lockyer Valley, Moreton Bay and Redlands local government areas in line with the rest of the state, where the limit was already 30 people.
Young did say, however, that everyone should still be ensuring they follow all recommended hygiene requirements, and getting tested if they have any COVID-19 symptoms. How long the 30-person limit will stay in place is still up in the air, as asymptomatic cases are still a concern, and people are still being encourage to wear a mask in places where social distancing isn't possible.
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