Friday, April 26, 2024

Standing room only for Friday drinks

Queenslanders will be allowed to stand and enjoy a drink in bars and outdoor venues from 4pm today, as the state government announces it will also possibly open its border to NSW from November.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the easing of restrictions this morning, releasing a ‘new roadmap’ that will see NSW residents permitted to enter the sunshine state from November 1, provided Sydney remains free of mystery COVID-19 for 28 days.

NSW is currently on target to meet that target on October 22.

“So from 4pm this afternoon, in some great news and in breaking news, you will be able to stand up inside and outside, whether it’s at a cafe, restaurant or a bar, and have a drink,” the Premier said.

From November 1, Queenslanders will be allowed gatherings of up to 40 people in their homes and public spaces; while dancing will be allowed for weddings of up to 40 people as long as they adhere to a COVID-safe plan.

An additional 10 guests will be permitted from December 1, the Premier announced.

The state, however remains closed to Victorians until community transmission numbers are lower.

“Now, the reason we can ease the restrictions is because Queenslanders have done a brilliant job,” the Premier said.

“I want to thank all of the families out there, all of Queenslanders, for doing the right thing.

“But just remember, if you’re sick – stay at home and get tested.”

Ms Palaszczuk thanked her embattled chief medical officer, Jeannette Young, for keeping the state safe as it looks to transition to new border control measures.

“We are looking very closely at NSW and if they do not have any community transmission for 28 days, we said very clearly that at the end of the month, we review the plans and that would mean there may be a possibility of opening up to NSW if there is no community transmission,” she said.

“But, of course, their health experts are also concerned about some undetected community transmission at the moment.

“They’re about to go into school holidays. So we’ll be watching that space very carefully, and Dr Young will be watching that space very carefully.”

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