In the most exciting news of the weekend, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has just announced that travel within Queensland will be allowed from 12pm tomorrow, bringing the date of travel restrictions easing forward, from Friday 12 June to Monday 1 June.
This is a huge win for Queenslanders and means you can travel anywhere in the state (goodbye 150km restrictions) and stay overnight. From Queensland road trips and tiny houses to these amazing places, it’s time to bring those holiday dreams to life.
The Premier said that it was the state’s amazing response to coronavirus and the original restrictions that have allowed this earlier-than-planned move towards Stage Two—you can see the initial three-stage plan to end lockdown, here.
Whilst state borders still remain closed with no set re-opening date announced, we're hardly disappointed that we can now freely explore our very own backyard.
In addition to the travel restrictions easing, it’s also been announced that as of tomorrow pubs, cafes and restaurants will be able to increase the total number of guests from 10 to 20. So prepare to see more of your fave dining and drinking spots, open their doors this week!
Plus, as of this coming Friday, larger venues with different areas, will be able to welcome even more people, with up to 20 people permitted in each defined area—we’re hoping that means an icy cold beer at the surf club is a possibility this weekend. The same restrictions will be applied to gyms, parks, museums, galleries and so on.
It’s a lot to take in but it’s a sure sign that things are quickly returning to a normal, so if you’re in a position to, now is the time to get out there and support any of the re-opening businesses in your area.
For now, we’re off to trawl the best local escapes across the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and the Gold Coast, and lock in our first post-iso adventure. We’ll keep you up to date as more restrictions begin to ease.
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