Over the last few weekends, Queenslanders revelled in their newly reinstated freedom to be able to visit nearby national parks, go for recreational drives, picnic in the park, and most recently, dine-in at local restaurants.
Now, talk has turned to when other freedoms will return, and on Friday 8 May, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced Queensland's three-stage plan for coming out of lockdown over the next few months.
Stage One: Friday 15 May
As of this 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 restaurants, cafes and pubs
- Beauty therapy and nail salons
- Personal training
- Indoor and outdoor swimming pools
- Public spaces and lagoons
- Parks, playgrounds and outdoor gyms
- 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.
But that's it folks—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. We'll see you at the pub for beer when it's all over.
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