Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced that from this Saturday, May 16, Queenslanders will once again be allowed into restaurants, pubs and clubs according to a three-month road map for easing coronavirus restrictions across the state.
Food and drink venues will be allowed to serve up to 10 patrons at a time and beauty therapy and nail salons will also be allowed to accommodate up to 10 people.
Larger outdoor gatherings will now be permitted, with up to 10 people allowed to gather in parks, pools and other public areas,
Residents will be permitted to travel up to 150 kilometres from their home for recreational purposes up from the previous 50 kilometre limit.
Wedding parties of 10 people will also now be allowed.
Funerals are permitted 20 people for indoor funerals and 30 people for outdoor funerals.
Residential visits remained capped at five visitors, but those visitors can now come from separate households.
Three-Stage Plan to Ease Covid-19 Restrictions (if all goes well)
Stage 1 (May 16)
- Gatherings of up to 10 people
- Five guests in your own home
- Work from home if suitable to you and your employer
- Restaurants, Cafes and Shopping Centres open
- Libraries, Playgrounds and Community Centres Open
- Golf Courses, swimming pools and boot camps in parks.
- Local and Regional Travel
Stage 2 (June 13)
- Gatherings up to 20 people in homes, public places and businesses
- Gyms, cinemas, galleries and amusement parks open
- Caravan and camping grounds
- Some interstate travel
Stage 3 (July 10)
- Gatherings of up to 100 people
- Nightclubs, food courts and saunas open
- All interstate travel
- Possible Trans-Tasman travel
You can find the full Government road-map here
If the initial relaxations are a success, further stage two easing will apply from June 13, followed by stage three relaxations on July 10 that would see residents allowed to travel freely both within Queensland and interstate.
The announcement came after a national cabinet meeting that agreed on the plan. The premier said the stages would be assessed month to month.
Bodies Corporate and Committees
A number of relaxations will affect bodies corporate and committees will need to pay careful attention to government advice, as well as public health experts to make the best decisions for their scheme.
Strata Community Association (QLD) has put out an Apartment Living & COVID-19 Best Practice Guide that can be found here.
The Best Practice Guide will help Committee Members plan for the return to (the new) normal and will cover best practice to return to business and social interactions and the use of common property facilities.
Committees will need to assess what recommendations will be made for the use of common property based on the types of facilities, and the demographics of the lot occupiers, especially for those particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 such as those over 65.
As things change rapidly, please check the Queensland Government’s COVID-19 Hub at www.covid19.qld.gov.au
While Stratacare will endeavour to provide the most-up-to-date information and advice that is available, please note that this is a fast-developing situation and your best source of information on Covid-19 is always the Government and relevant Health Authorities.