Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced that from Saturday 2 May there would be some easing of coronavirus restrictions.
Previously residents were only allowed out of their home for one of eight essential reasons including obtaining essential goods or services, receiving medical attention or caring for family members.
Queenslanders can now:
• Shop for non-essential items -such as clothes, technology and leisure items
• Have picnics and go on weekend drives (wahoo)
• National parks will reopen
• Residents must not travel further than 50km from their homes
• The “two-person rule” is still in effect- if someone leaves their house they can be joined by only one other person or the members of their household
• Physical distancing requirements must still be observed
• Restrictions on cafes and restaurants are still in place.
Queensland police officers are still able to issue on-the-spot fines of $1,334.50 for individuals and $6,672.50 for corporations who breach these laws. The maximum penalties available through the courts are 10 times those amounts.
From 3 April, Queensland’s borders were closed to everyone except residents and essential workers, including freight carriers and emergency workers.
These border restrictions remain in place with some exemptions for those who regularly cross the Queensland-NSW border for work.